Pope Francis: Protect Creation, It Points to God!

This being the Feast of St. Joseph, Pope Francis used the homily of his inaugural Mass to highlight our vocation as “protectors.” Having just taken the name of Francis (after the saint of Assisi, patron of ecology) the Pope also specifically addresses our role as protectors of creation and the environment: The vocation of being a “protector”, however, is not just something involving us Chr... More

The Feast of St. Joseph: A Family Tale

My ancestry is quite fascinating, if I do write/say so myself! My father’s side (the Birzers) came from eastern Bavaria (from several small villages near the Czech border) in 1888, immigrating straight to central Kansas, founding several communities just to the east and north of Great Bend, Kansas.  My favorite town in that area is Odin, named after the Norse All-father.  The head parish pries... More

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