Archbishop

God invites us to intimate love and friendship

Someone once remarked that I seem to know the words of many hymns by heart. To an extent that’s true, but after the second verse I usually end up humming along if a hymnal isn’t handy.

Saying ‘Yes’ to God

Through the years, I have often been asked if I could have said “No” in 1999 when the papal nuncio called to inform me that Pope St. John Paul II had appointed me bishop of Little Rock. I typically responded that I could have declined for a good personal reason…

The rights and privileges of ‘graduation’

Dear class of 2017, Through the years, I have been to many baccalaureate ceremonies and graduations. I have handed out many diplomas, and as I did so I was reminded of the diplomas I received at various levels of my education. My seminary diploma is in Latin, but it says…

Praying for a simpler, more spontaneous faith

About 30 years ago, one of my brothers-in-law, Chuck, bought a tattered old scrapbook at a thrift store. It was apparently compiled by a young woman in the 1870s. Not having a blank book in which to preserve her treasures, she had glued all sorts of mementos to the pages…