Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Pray for a peaceful resolution to the trouble in Hanoi, Vietnam. More info from Whispers in the Loggia here and here.

This from the AP, Vietnam News Service and AsiaNews.It.

Since St. Joseph's Cathedral is near Thai Ha parish, let's ask for his intercession.

St. Joseph, pray for the Church in Vietnam.

UPDATE: Media is the same everywhere...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Orissa India

The Hindu-Christian violence continues in Orissa, India. A gag order has been placed on the Missionaries of Charity, story here. Another story from Catholic News Service. Let's pray for peace in this troubled region.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

More on Myanmar

So what connection does Myanmar have to Yonkers, NY? According to Deacon Druding, priests from Myanmar come to St. Joseph's Seminary in Dunwoodie for advanced studies. They return to Myanmar and help the Church there by passing on what they've learned. Vince tells me the seminary in Yangon (Rangoon) Myanmar is named St. Joseph's! Yangon is also home to St. Mary's Cathedral. Myanmar also has shrines to Our Lady of Lourdes.

St. Joseph, pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

On the Road to Mandalay

At the request of the Reverend Mr. Vince Druding, now a transitional Deacon, this week's mission prayer focuses on Myanmar, once known as Burma. You may recall that this name change has the distinction of being featured in and episode of "Sienfeld". J. Peterman tells Elaine that he is in Burma saying, "You most likely know it as Myanmar, but it will always be Burma to me."

Myanmar is ruled by a military junta that strongly opposes Christianity. The Christians in Myanmar are undergoing severe persecution, yet the Church is doing what it can.

Here's a bit of good news about cyclone relief efforts.

Monday, September 1, 2008

You Are Like A Hurricane

My plan for this week was to ask for prayer for the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN. Of course there is also the matter of Hurricane Gustav. So keep one eye on the weather and one on Minnesota. Go Gophers!