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Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C. Commencement Address, May 11, 2007. Dana Gioia, poet and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, on Truth and Beauty. (25 min audio)

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I'm not big into the scene, but there are certainly those who are. If you're one of those people, here's a link to another link site which links to a number of Catholic recording artists. Most of the links have several MP3s available for free download. That said, here it is: -- Free Christian Music Online
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Here are some musical links from an Italian site I ran across:
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  • "Laudate pueri", dai Vesperae Solennes de confessore, K339, di W.A. Mozart (3:34) [1.696 k]

  • "Gloria", dalla Messa dell'Incoronazione, K.317, di W.A. Mozart (4:36) [2.177 k]

  • "Magnificat", dal Magnificat in Re maggiore di J.S. Bach (2:46) [2.601 k]

  • "O große Lieb'", corale di J.S. Bach (1:06) [1.045 k]

  • "Locus iste", di J.A. Bruckner (2:16) [1.599 k]

  • "Ave Maria", di T.L. De Victoria (1:49) [1.715 k]

  • "O salutaris" di G. Rossini (3:12) [3.009 k]

  • "Adoramus Te, Christe", di G. Pera (1:35) [1.486 k]

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"Kyrie" (frammento iniziale), dalla Messa dell'Incoronazione, K.317, di W.A. Mozart, esecuzione del 6 settembre 2002 alla chiesa parrocchiale di Baricella (Bologna) (0:37) [1.052 k]
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Video (46mins. lecture 20 mins Q&A) “What Can the Human Genome Project Tell Us about What it is to be a Human Being?

Presented by Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P. Assistant Professor of Biology and Instructor of Theology at Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island. Consultant to the Committee on Science and Human Values of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Remembering Karol Wojtyla
Special Showing of "Witness to Hope" Documentary

EPPC was pleased to host a free public showing of Witness to Hope, the 2001 documentary based on the definitive biography of Pope John Paul II, written by Senior Fellow George Weigel.

[To watch excerpts of the documentary online, visit their page "John Paul II in Words and Pictures."]

Radek SikorskiMichael Novak
The documentary was preceded by remarks from Radek Sikorski and Michael Novak, both of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Sikorski, a Polish political refugee in the 1980s, was later Poland's Deputy Minister of Defense (1992), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998-2001), and the secretary of foreign affairs of the Polish Solidarity Party (1999-2002). Mr. Novak, a member of the board of the National Endowment for Democracy, was the U.S. ambassador to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (1986) and the ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva (1981 and 1982). A prolific and well-known Catholic author, Mr. Novak was just back from Rome, where he attended the funeral of John Paul II.

Unfortunately, George Weigel was unable to join us -- he was still in Rome, commenting for NBC on the upcoming papal conclave. But copies of the new memorial edition of Witness to Hope were available for purchase, as well as copies of Mr. Weigel's brand-new book The Cube and the Cathedral.


Event audio - Comments from Radek Sikorski (MP3 format, 6 megabytes, 10 minutes playing time)

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The classic 2nd century study and analysis of Christian Gnosticism in all its extant variants, as collected both from Gnostic writings and discussions with Gnostic teachers (as well as ex-Gnostics).

Since Irenaeus was studying Gnosticism to help others change Gnostics' minds, he strove for as much accuracy as possible in his account. And in fact, you will find that his account of Gnosticism tallies closely with that of the recently rediscovered Gnostic writings.

This work is presented in five books, each with about two or three dozen chapters. I'm adding links to the whole items and links to the pages where the chapters may be downloaded individually, should you so desire:

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The Marian Role in the Restoration of the Image of God
(Video 49 mins.)
Rev. John Corbett, O.P. Assistant Professor of Moral Theology Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C.

Father John received his doctorate at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, studying with the noted moralist Servais Pinckaers, O.P., and writing a dissertation on the theology of virtue in the thought of St.Thomas Aquinas. Previously he has served on the theology faculties at Providence College in Providence, RI, and the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH. Father John is a popular preacher and retreat director.

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Terence Nichols: Biography


Ph.D. Marquette University. May, 1988. Religious Studies (Systematic Theology). Dissertation: "Miracles as a Sign of the Good Creation"
B.A. University of Minnesota, 1967. Major: Humanities.

Areas of Academic Interest
Theology and Science
Death and Afterlife
Muslim-Christian Dialogue
Catholic ecclesiology

Academic Positions Held

Chair: Theology Department, July, 2002-June, 2006
Professor, University of St. Thomas, Theology Department, Sept., 2003-
Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas, Theology Department, 1997-2003
Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, Theology Department, 1988-1997.

Univ. of St. Thomas, Maxi Grant, 1997-1998
Templeton Foundation: Templeton Course Award, 1996.
Univ. of St. Thomas Maxi Grant, Fall, 1993.
Univ. of St. Thomas Research Assistance grant; Summer, 1991.

Terence Nichols on how and why religion has become so privatized in America
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Illusions About Human Rights
The Decline and Fall of the U.N.'s Human Rights Agenda

The Human Rights Commission of the United Nations has become so discredited that even Secretary-General Kofi Annan admits it has "cast a shadow on the reputation of the United Nations system as a whole." But the creation of a Human Rights Council to replace the Commission, approved earlier this month by the General Assembly, will not lift the shadow of a politicized body that shields the world's worst human rights offenders from criticism. An ethos of multiculturalism, fed by a utopian vision of human societies, has infected the human rights agenda of the United Nations and many of the advocacy groups invested in its work.

EPPC Senior Fellow Joseph Loconte, who served on the bi-partisan Congressional Task Force on UN Reform, was joined by Nile Gardiner, fellow at the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, as they explored the reasons for the UN failure and mapped a way forward.

AUDIO: Illusions about Human Rights

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An extended dialogue between biologist Richard Dawkins and Christian apologist Alister McGrath—originally shot for Dawkins’ BBC documentary The Root of All Evil but never used—has surfaced on YouTube. First Things takes it on in a very nice article - HERE.

For my part, the Problem of Evil argument seems to be answerable (in part) with the following points:

1. There is no growth in virtue without suffering. Eliminate suffering, and you eliminate growth in virtue. Without suffering (or sacrifice), there would be no growth of prudence, justice, temperance, or fortitude. To quote the modern philosopher Yogi Berra, "If the world was perfect, it wouldn't be." Give kids everything they want and you raise shallow brats. God's a better Father than that. He's going to make us Saints. If there was no suffering, there would be no compassion; no inequality, no charity. Try imaging a world like that and then tell me what's better. (In truth, I doubt you can imagine a world like that -- the people would all be two-dimensional automatons, and that's not a world of humans. Eliminate our depth and you eliminate who we are at our essence.)

2. The amount to which we are willing to endure suffering is the amount to which we love. As creatures self-determined and imbued with a will, we must freely exercise our will and choose to love. Suffering provides us that opportunity as nothing else does -- anyone can be grateful for a pleasure, but it takes love to be grateful for sorrow. (As a side note, all motherhood is born out of suffering -- this, perhaps, helps to explain the bottomless depths of a mother's love.)

3. The best stories are those where there is an initial benevolent state, a fall, a struggle and a redemption. Don't believe me? Try writing a book where nothing bad ever happens, then try to market it. If history is HIS-story, I'm really looking forward to seeing the dénouement -- I'm pretty sure you'd be hard pressed to find a better author than Almighty God. Not even M. Night Shyamalan or that guy who wrote The Usual Suspects.

But enough of my thoughts. Here's the debate:

Here's the MP3 version

Part 1 of the debate (approx. 30 minutes)

Part 2 of the debate (approx. 30 minutes)

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Academic Credentials and Awards
Master of Arts (M.A.) awarded Summa cum Laude,
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA., 1998
-- (Recipient of the St. Charles Seminary awards for excellence in the study of Moral Theology, Sacred Scripture, Church History, Systematic Theology, and Homiletics)

Master of Divinity (M.Div.) awarded Summa cum Laude,
St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA., 1997

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) awarded Cum Laude,
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH., 1992

Holy Orders
May 22, 1997: ordained transitional deacon by the Most Rev. John R. Keating, D.D., Bishop of Arlington.
May 16, 1998: ordained priest by the Most Rev. Thomas J. Welsh, D.D., Founding Bishop of Arlington.

Pastoral Experience
2007-Present: Chaplain, Bishop O'Connell High School, Arlington, VA
2006-2007: Parochial Vicar, St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA.
2002-2006: Parochial Vicar, All Saints Catholic Church, Manassas, VA.
1998-2002: Parochial Vicar, Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Alexandria, VA.
1997-1998: Transitional Deacon, St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Fairfax, VA, and St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Levittown, PA

Lecture on Prayer

Prayer Conference: 9-9-06

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Fr. John Baptist Ku, O.P., a Dominican friar of the Eastern Province, speaks about Humanae Vitae and parish preaching. (Video 19 min.) of a talk given at the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, D.C. on June 18, 2007.


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Catholic Social Teachings: Find out what they are, not just what the hippies tell you they are!

“Catholic Social Teaching 101”
by Kevin E. Schmiesing
Kresta in the Afternoon, (2004-09-27)

“Catholic Social Doctrine To Help China”
by Author Anonymous
Vatican Radio, (2007-05-03)

“Economics and Catholic Social Teaching”
by Robert A. Sirico
The Advocate, (2006-03-11)
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"Humanist More", by Dr. George M. Logan

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Dr. George M. Logan is principal editor of the Cambridge Utopia; co-editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature (5th-8th editions); editor of the forthcoming History of King Richard III by Thomas More; author of The Meaning of More's "Utopia" (Princeton UP); Cappon Professor of English, Queen's University, Canada.

Panel #1: An Historical Inquiry: "Interrogating Thomas More."
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"Failed Politican? Saintly Statesman? Faithful Conscience!," by Rev. Joseph Koterski, SJ
Fr. Koterski, Chair of Philosophy at Fordham University, is responding to "Interrogating Thomas More: The Conundrums of Conscience," a law review article by Prof. Steven D. Smith of San Diego Law School.

Reply by Professor Smith
Prof. Koterski's response, then Conference participants get their say.

Chair: Russell Osgood, President of Grinnell College and past Dean of Cornell Law School.

Panel #2: "The Development of Thomas More Studies"
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with Dr. Elizabeth McCutcheon (Professor Emerita and Past President of Amici Thomae Mori), Dr. Clarence H. Miller, and Dr. George M. Logan,
Panel Exchange.

Symposium #1: More's Utopia, Book 1
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Dr. Stephen W. Smith: the literary perspective
Dr. Jeff Lehman: the philosophic perspective
Questions and Discussion
Can the learned professions really affect justice? Who wins this argument: More the lawyer or Raphael the experienced observer?

Symposium #2: More's Utopia, Book 2 (Talk Not Available on Audio)
Dr. Richard Dougherty, the political perspective
Dr. John Boyle, the theological perspective
Questions and Discussion
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According to Raphael's account, what is the view of law, justice, government, and statesmanship as they have evolved over the 1,760 years of Utopia's existence? Is this view attractive to you? Why?

Symposium #3: More's Utopia as a whole
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Final statements on the philosophical, literary, political, and theological dimensions, followed by discussion.

Banquet address, by Dr. Clarence H. Miller
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Dr. Miller is Executive Editor of Yale UP's Complete Works of St. Thomas More; translator of the 2001 Yale edition of Utopia, Professor Emeritus of St. Louis Univ.

Academic seminars
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NOTE: For those interested in the above topics, you may also want to listen to St. Thomas More's Utopia, available on MP3 here.

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Samuel Gregg, D.Phil. (Oxon.)
Director, Center for Economic Personalism

Dr. Samuel Gregg is a moral philosopher who has written and spoken extensively on questions of ethics in public policy, jurisprudence, bioethics, and ethics in business. He has an MA in political philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in moral philosophy from the University of Oxford, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar.

Dr. Gregg is the author of several books, including Morality, Law, and Public Policy (2000), Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded (2001), and, most recently, On Ordered Liberty (2003). He also publishes regularly in journals such as Markets&Morality, Crisis, and Policy. He is the American editorial consultant for the Italian journal, La Societa, as well as American correspondent for the German newspaper Die Tagespost.

Dr. Gregg is Director of Research at the Acton Institute, an Adjunct Professor at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and the Family within the Pontifical Lateran University, and a consultant for Oxford Analytica Ltd. In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and in 2003 he was elected a member of the Mont Pèlerin Society.

Chavez's Desire to 'Defeat Imperialism'
News & Views, 2007-07-03

Two Years of Pope Benedict XVI
The Drew Mariani Show, 2007-04-20

The Crisis of Europe: Benedict XVI’s Analysis and Solution

Islam and Pluralism
Morning Air, 2007-03-09

Chavez and Venezuela
Morning Air, 2007-02-12

Chavez's Holy War
Bud Hedinger Live, 2007-02-05

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From the German EWTN site:

Msgr. Prof. Dr. Rudolf Michael Schmitz spricht über die Sakramente
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Video (57 min) of a lecture by Fr. Kurt J. Pritzl, O.P., entitled “Contemplation and Truth when Made in the Image of God: Aristotelian Reflections in Post-Modern Times.” Given at the Dominican House of Studies on April 12, 2007. Fr. Pritzl serves as Dean of the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America.


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Again: I don't know what it is about young priests. They're just so...orthodox! None of that hippy-dippy I'm-OK-you're-OK stuff. The truth is, we're not OK. If we were, we wouldn't need Christ. The centrality of Christ in the Christian life seems to be reflected in everything these young priests do, and I'm more and more grateful to God every day for blessing us so richly.

The Life and Writings of St. Paul

The Life and Writings of St. Paul - Introduction to Life of St. Paul, the Hellanistic World, and the History of the New Testament - Meeting 1

The Life and Writings of St. Paul - 1 & 2 Thessalonians - Living in Hope - Meeting 2

The Life and Writings of St. Paul - Galatians - Letting God be in Control - Meeting 5

The Life and Writings of St. Paul - Romans - Living by Faith - Meeting 6

The Life and Writings of St. Paul - Ephesians - The Christian Life as a Response to God's Love - Meeting 7

The Life and Writings of St. Paul - Philippians - The Christian as a Servant of Others - Meeting 8

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Is Chivalry Dead? And Should It Be?
Cosponsored by Independent Women's Forum

When feminists identified masculine chivalry towards women as a tool of oppression, they took away from men, especially young men, a whole set of cultural expectations about how to behave towards the opposite sex. And the assumption of the sexes’ equality has meant that no new code has been put in its place. The result has been a fundamental confusion at the very heart of our understanding of ourselves and our society. On the one hand, we expect women to be treated as the equals of men while on the other we continue to expect their special, protected status to be honored — though more in the breach than in the observance.

James Bowman, Resident Scholar of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of the new book, Honor: A History, sees this cultural contradiction as part of a more general incoherence caused by the collapse of the Western honor culture. To those for whom this collapse is not an unmitigated social good there is bound to occur the question, can honor make a comeback? And, even if it can, is it conceivable that something as old-fashioned as chivalry could be rehabilitated as well?

James Bowman spoke and took questions from AEI Resident Scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, author of the celebrated study, Who Stole Feminism?

AUDIO: Is Chivalry Dead?

BONUS: Mr. Bowman was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's program Thinking Allowed and discussed "Honor and Respect."
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Father Roger J. Landry was ordained a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts by Bishop Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap. on June 26, 1999.

After receiving a biology degree from Harvard College, Fr. Landry studied for the priesthood in Maryland, Toronto, and for several years in Rome.

After his priestly ordination, Father returned to Rome to complete graduate work in Moral Theology and Bioethics at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome.

He speaks widely on the thought of Pope John Paul II and on apologetics, and is pastor of St. Anthony of Padua in New Bedford, MA and Executive Editor of The Anchor, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River.

Here are his talks on JP2's Theology of the Body:

If you like these talks, you might be interested in his site: I couldn't find any more audio links on his site, but he has an extensive collection of articles and homilies.

Since these are all in .WMA format, some of you may want to see my post on Converting RealAudio to MP3, which also works for .WMA.

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Here's a perennial favorite - Dr. Scott Hahn. He did a series of programs with Mike Aquilina on EWTN (which are all available on the EWTN Archives, but in that silly RealAudio format) discussing his various books. These are the MP3s of one of those shows - The Lamb's Supper. This book was one of the first I read when I started getting serious about my faith -- after Karl Keating's Catholicism and Fundamentalism (an outstanding introduction to Biblical Apologetics, BTW). If you don't know much about the mass, or feel like you "just don't get anything out of it," you should give these a try.

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This is _the_ medieval management book, written by the pope who set up the Catholic Church to survive the Dark Ages. It was written for bishops and read by huge numbers of European lay leaders as well as church ones. This is the book that King Alfred so wanted to spread around that he had it translated into English. This is a book that still has important lessons today.

The first part considers what sort of person you ought to have in charge and what sort not, as well as good and bad reasons for wanting to lead and teach. It also warns of the bad side of being in charge. The second part considers what sort of life should be led by someone in charge. (Hint: the virtuous and humble kind.) The third part considers how to govern, discipline, and teach one's subordinates fairly and well. It includes thoughts on how to deal with different types of personalities. The fourth part is about how the successful ruler must continually examine his life so as to govern, criticize and discipline himself.

You can see why this isn't exactly next to Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, and Genghis in the Business section of your bookstore. But is there much ultimate satisfaction in holding a good position and pulling down a good paycheck, if you aren't also a good person who's good to the people around you?

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There are over 40 chapters, so I'm not going to post them individually. If you'd like to download them one-by-one (rather than as a whole item), click here.
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What's Happening to America's Children?

Mary Eberstadt discusses her new book, "Home Alone America"

Why are there so many troubled kids these days, diagnosed with learning disabilities or behavioral problems? Why is child obesity out of control? Why are teenagers contracting herpes and other sexually transmitted diseases at unprecedented rates? What is really at the core of today's juvenile popular culture, especially its much-criticized music?

Hoover Institution research fellow Mary Eberstadt explored the answers provided in her controversial new book Home Alone America: The Hidden Toll of Day Care, Behavioral Drugs, and Other Parent Substitutes.

In addition, Patrick Fagan of the Heritage Foundation and EPPC Fellow Christine Rosen offered their commentary and insights on Ms. Eberstadt's book and her presentation.

Here's the audio:

Event audio (MP3 format, 22 megabytes, 66 minutes playing time)

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Father Hudgins Biography

I am 37 years old, and the middle child of three. My older brother David is also a priest in Lansing, MI, and my younger sister Nancy is a social worker for Catholic Charities in Arlington. My father died when I was only 3 years old, and my mother raised all three children alone. In June, 2002, my mother married again, at a wedding mass celebrated by my brother and myself.

I was born just outside St. Louis, MO, but was raised in Billings, MT. I moved to Arlington just before my 10th birthday. I attended St. Agnes School, O’Connell High School, Dartmouth College, and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.

I was ordained by Bishop Thomas Welsh on May 16, 1998 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. I have served as parochial vicar at Queen of Apostles in Alexandria (1998-2002), All Saints in Manassas (2002-2006), St. Luke in McLean (2006-2007) and currently serve as Chaplain at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington.

The Ancient World of Christ

The Ancient World of Christ: The Life of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels - Meeting 1

The Ancient World of Christ: The Life of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels - Meeting 2

The Ancient World of Christ: The Life of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels - Meeting 3

The Ancient World of Christ: The Life of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels - Meeting 4

The Ancient World of Christ: The Life of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels - Meeting 5

The Ancient World of Christ: The Life of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels - Meeting 6

The Ancient World of Christ: The Life of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels - Meeting 7

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I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to all for your congratulations and prayers -- they are all appreciated.

Back to my zombie-like new-dad stupor...
Father Kenneth Myers was born in New Brighton, Pa. He grew up there and attended public schools, although he is grateful to the Sisters of St. Joseph for their influence on his vocation through their catechism classes. Father Myers graduated from Duquesne University with a bachelor's degree in Latin, Greek, and philosophy, and then a master's degree in education. He also holds a master's degree in theology from Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York.

Ordained a priest for the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1980, Father Myers served 15 years as a parish priest and 5 years as a hospital chaplain. He has been offering the traditional Mass since September, 1992, and was named chaplain of the Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community in January of 2001. He believes it is a great privilege to be able to offer the old Mass and to serve the faithful of the Latin Mass Community.

A full catalogue of his homilies are available for free download here.

of the Church

1 - Assist at Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation

2 - Fast and Abstain on the Days Appointed

3 & 4 - Confess Sins and Receive Holy Communion during Eastertide

5 - Contribute to the Support of the Church

6 - Marriage Laws

The Ten Commandments






VI and IX

VII and X


Latin Mass Community Retreat - July 2006

Latin Mass Community Retreat - July 2005

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As a reader very helpfully writes in:
"He is a Benedictine Monk at Saint Vincent's Archabbey where he is the head of the Anthropology Department and from whence he commonly ventures out giving retreats and lectures touching on his deep scriptural and contextual knowledge. He is an orthodox (in the "right thinking" sense at least) priest, and a widely respected speaker and retreat master."
From his website: Over more than twenty years of priestly service Fr. Mark provides a large number of retreats for laity and religious, married people and clergy. In addition he has been invited to present numerous parish missions and conferences at various diocesan workshops. His themes are varied but usually involve the greater appreciation of Biblical passages for their theological value in themselves and their application to a contemporary setting. The recurring request he heard often enough to act upon it was to make a forum by which something of his approach to Scripture could be made more generally available. These audio files are part of an attempt to meet that request.

The Spirituality of the Old Testament- A talk given at the John Paul II Institute by Fr. Mark.

A Woman of Means- A talk given at a retreat with the theme "Praying with the Magdalene"

Why Are You Weeping?- A talk given at a retreat with the theme "Praying with the Magdalene"

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Yesterday I welcomed into the world the newest addition to my family -- a 7lb. 15oz. baby girl. With in-laws, the new baby and a recovering wife to tend to, it will probably be a few days before I can dig up some new talks for ya'll. Please bear with me -- I'm not going anywhere. Until I get back, you folks might like to check out some nice talks about the Doctors of the Church by Fr. Hudgins:

Doctors of the Church

Doctors of the Church: On Prayer 3-27-06

Doctors of the Church: St Therese of Lisieux - Part 1

Doctors of the Church: St Therese of Lisieux - Part 2

Doctors of the Church: St Therese of Lisieux - Part 3

Doctors of the Church: St Therese of Lisieux - Part 4

Doctors of the Church: St Therese of Lisieux - Part 5

Doctors of the Church: St Therese of Lisieux - Part 6

Doctors of the Church: St Theresa of Avila - Part 1

Doctors of the Church: St Theresa of Avila - Part 2

Doctors of the Church: St Catherine of Sienna

Doctors of the Church: St John of the Cross - Part 1

Doctors of the Church: St John of the Cross - Part 2

Doctors of the Church: St Francis de Sales - Part 1

Doctors of the Church: St Francis de Sales - Part 2

Doctors of the Church: St Francis de Sales - Part 3

Doctors of the Church: St Francis de Sales - Part 4

Doctors of the Church: St Francis de Sales - Part 5

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Fr. Chad Ripperger, FSSP, PhD is a member of The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) a society of apostolic life of pontifical right founded with the approval of His Holiness John Paul II. Fr. Ripperger is professor of Dogmatic and Moral Theology and Philosophy at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska. Father Ripperger was ordained in 1997.

He has a number of talks from different conferences, but asks that folks not deep-link to them -- rather, he wants me to point people to his page. Topics include the Four Last Things, the Eucharist, Impediments to Holiness, Marriage, etc., etc...

Here it is -- html link.

WARNING: None of his downloads are "free". Rather, they're PenanceWare. What's PenanceWare? Here's his disclaimer:

These media files are Penanceware, which require that you must give $1.00 via Paypal, offer up a decade of the Rosary, or perform some form of penance for the intentions of Fr. Ripperger (for each individual media file downloaded). The same rule applies if you copy and distribute to friends. External links, e.g. the videos from Keep the Faith, etc. are not Penanceware.

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In this book, pivotal to all his historical insights, Belloc answers the question: What made Europe? He shows it was not the barbarians nor the Protestant Reformation, but the Catholic Faith that made Europe (and the worldwide civilization produced by Europe). Protestantism gravely wounded this our civilization, and only the Catholic Faith can rejuvenate it. It must return to that Faith or perish! This is a tremendous eye-opener on where we are today and where we must go from here!!

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Ch. 01: What Was the Roman Empire?34.1M23.2M17.1M
Ch. 02: What Was the Church in the Roman Empire?28.6M19.7M14.3M
Ch. 02 (cont.)28.3M20.0M14.2M
Ch. 03: What Was the 'Fall' of the Roman Empire?33.2M23.1M16.6M
Ch. 03 (cont)17.9M12.3M9.0M
Ch. 04: The Beginning of the Nations17.1M12.0M8.5M
Ch. 4B19.4M13.4M9.7M
Ch. 4C18.5M12.8M9.2M
Ch. 5: What Happened to Britain?44.7M31.6M22.3M
Ch. 5B32.0M23.0M16.0M
Ch. 5C22.7M16.2M11.3M
Ch. 6: The Dark Ages15.1M9.9M7.6M
Ch. 6B21.5M14.1M10.8M
Ch. 7: The Middle Ages29.5M19.3M14.7M
Ch. 8: What Was the Reformation?18.1M11.6M9.0M
Ch. 8B17.5M11.4M8.7M
Ch. 9: The Defection of Britain18.2M11.7M9.1M
Ch. 9B27.9M18.0M14.0M

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