April 11, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Holy Week And The Gift Of Priesthood

Holy Week is the most sacred time of the Christian year. And on every Holy Thursday, priests of the archdiocese gather at the annual Chrism Mass to renew their fraternal bonds and the meaning of their vocation. The readings of the Chrism Mass have a special beauty and power, and they deserve the attention of […]

April 2, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: A Gathering That Needs Our Support

This week’s column is brief. But the subject matter warrants all our attention. Again this June, our nation’s bishops have asked Catholics across the country to observe a “Fortnight for Freedom.” The theme this year is “Freedom to Serve.” It highlights the many Catholic social and charitable ministries that serve the poor, the homeless and […]

March 21, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Lent And The Road Less Traveled

What Francis of Assisi and every other great saint discovered in their time is that we become who we really are — we experience life most vividly — when we allow Jesus Christ to transform and work through us. Each of us as disciples receives a call to share in God’s power to give life. […]

March 7, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Come To Philadelphia: An Invitation To The World’s Families For 2015

Here’s a simple fact: The dignity of the human person is what all Catholic teaching seeks to advance. But what sets the Christian faith apart from every other revolutionary movement for justice is the rejection of violence and the affirmation of the power of love. Real love — love that involves a complete surrender of […]

February 27, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Three Simple Questions On The Threshhold Of Lent

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, falls on March 5 this year. Lived well, Lent can convert the heart and transform a person’s life. That’s the whole point of the season – to ready us for the miracle of Easter. But self-examination, repentance and reconciliation are rarely painless; they can sound a lot easier in […]

February 20, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Blessed John XXIII And The Meaning Of Peace

Catholic or not, many of us remember Blessed Pope John XXIII with special affection — a man who committed himself to world peace and international justice. With his canonization just two months away, it’s a good moment to consider his legacy. In talking about peace, John always began with the rights of the individual human […]

February 14, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Statement On Valentine’s Day

Today, we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Saint Valentine is the patron of happy marriages, engaged couples and young people. Please join me in praying for married couples as well as all those preparing to enter into the sacred bonds of marriage. The married couple is the building block of the family-the cornerstone of society. Today is […]

February 12, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Ten Ways To Deepen Our Relationship With God

Over the years I’ve heard from many good people who want a closer relationship with God. But they’re stymied by what they perceive as God’s silence. What they often mean, without knowing it, is that they’d like God to do something dramatic in their lives; something with a hint of Mt. Sinai that proves his […]

January 30, 2014

Statement Of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.f.m. Cap Regarding The Crisis In Ukraine

We belong to one Church – a family that spans continents and centuries, bound together by a common faith in Jesus Christ. In that spirit, today I ask all Catholics in the Greater Philadelphia region to pray urgently for the Church in Ukraine and to press our elected federal representatives for financial and travel restrictions […]

January 24, 2014

Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: Series 2014: Feeding The Adult Catholic Mind And Soul

National Catholic Schools Week this year runs from January 26 through February 1. The Church treasures the work of education because in developing the mind, the human person grows – or should grow — in his or her ability to understand the world, to know truth, to seek God and to serve others. A real […]