The Resurrection of the Lord (Easter) – April 1, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] Although the gospel reading for the Easter Vigil has the disciples encountering the risen Christ, […]


Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion – March 25, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] The first reading for Passion Sunday is one of the “Servant Songs” from Isaiah. In […]


From the Editor – March/April 2018

In the last half of 2017, I had the pleasure of traveling to two Asian countries where our Congregation is experiencing phenomenal growth. The Philippines and Vietnam, along with India and Sri Lanka, are generating a very high proportion of our vocations worldwide. I came away from these trips filled with a profound sense of […]


Fifth Sunday of Lent – March 18, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] The first reading this week takes us back to the time just after the destruction […]


Fourth Sunday of Lent – March 11, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] All committed relationships are risky because they carry within them the possibility of betrayal, infidelity, […]


Third Sunday of Lent – March 4, 2018

[Excerpted from the March/April 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Brother John R. Barker, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.] The first readings for Lent this year highlight a fundamental feature of the Old Testament […]


Second Sunday of Lent – February 25, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]


First Sunday of Lent – February 18, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]


Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 11, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]


Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time – February 4, 2018

[Excerpted from the January/February 2018 issue of Emmanuel. Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in […]