Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 3rd Sunday of Easter, Saints Philip and James

“Some years ago, a recently ordained priest came to see me. The visit took place a few weeks after Easter Sunday. This priest had been on the job almost three years. He was and remains a good and enthusiastic priest but at this juncture in his ministry he was discouraged. ‘Bishop,’ he said to me, ‘on Easter Sunday the church was so crowded that people were standing around the walls. And I knew I had a chance to win back a lot of people who used to be regular parishioners but now don’t go to church anymore.’ He went on to say that he had fasted and prayed for this during Lent and that he really poured his heart into homily.

“Leading with my chin, I asked, ‘And what happened?'”

Read the complete homily HERE.


Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 5th Sunday of Lent

“Thank you for your very warm welcome. I’m delighted to visit Divine Mercy Parish at St. Joseph’s Church! Even more, I thank you for striving to live your faith and to make this a vibrant community faith, worship, service. Thank you for striving to live your God-given vocations, most especially the vocation to marriage and family. Let me also note in passing that my visit nearly coincides with the patronal feast day of your parish, the feast of the great St. Joseph, the spouse of Mary and Jesus’ foster-father. So happy feast day, a day early!

“Being with you this morning also gives me a chance and gives you a chance to express our common gratitude to your pastor, Fr. Ed, for his devoted and loving  priestly service. Fr. Ed, you are a wonderful pastor & missionary; with all our hearts we thank you!”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily – 3rd Sunday of Lent; Mass for Baltimore Police Force

“Dear friends, Let me once again warmly welcome the Mayor, the Police Commissioner, and so many of you who serve the City of Baltimore as members of the police force. Thank you for your service to our community! Every day you put your lives on the line to keep the citizens of our City safe and strive to build bonds of trust between the police and the community. Every day you strive to strengthen your efforts on behalf of us all as you implement necessary reforms and see to it that your ranks are filled with men and women who are worthy of this high calling. It’s my opinion that, as a community, we don’t pause nearly often enough to thank you for the demanding and difficult work you do to create a safe and peaceful Baltimore for all its citizens. . . so first of all we thank you!

“This Mass is also an occasion to pray for you and for your work. I don’t know about you, but when someone says to me, ‘Archbishop, I’m praying for you!’ – that very fact gives me comfort and courage in my ministry. The fact that we’ve gathered together as a community of faith to pray with you and to pray for you is meant to be a source of comfort and encouragement to you and to your colleagues. So may the Lord bless you in your work which is more than a job but indeed a calling!”

Read the complete homily HERE.

The Enduring Power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Principles of Nonviolence

Fifty years after the death of one of the greatest civil rights leaders of any time, the teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continue to resonate in a society plagued by violence and racial discord. 

 Dialogue surrounding issues of race and the quest for a more just society continue to take place here in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and in other communities across our country. 

 The Catholic Bishops of the United States have established a Committee Against Racism and are preparing a national pastoral letter on racism. In view of these and other important conversations now underway, I thought it appropriate to reflect on Dr. King’s teaching on nonviolent direct action and to propose questions aimed at furthering introspection, dialogue and constructive change.

 In that spirit I ask you to receive my pastoral reflection, “The Enduring Power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Principles of Nonviolence,” with a prayer that it will help us all focus anew on Dr. King’s prophetic teaching and bring about true and lasting social change for the common good.

 I have asked our clergy to address in their preaching the evil of racism. I also invite you to enter into dialogue at the parish and archdiocesan levels. A forum for such discussion is part of the pastoral letter webpage. 

 Please join me in praying that open and honest discussions will lead to greater understanding and civility as together we rid our society of racism, intolerance, injustice and violence.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Knights of Columbus Board Meeting

“Sometimes a Scripture passage strikes an immediate chord in us. Such is the case with today’s reading from the Book of Job. Beset by all kinds of misfortunes, even tragedies, Job complains that life is drudgery. Instead of a gift, existence is perceived as a burden offering no rest, no peace, no joy. There are days, are there not, when we can relate to this.

“When I was in the seminary, I had a roommate who was an early riser. His super-loud alarm would go off every morning at 5:15 a.m. Every morning he’d shut it off and say the same thing:  ‘Gladly, Jesus, gladly!’ My comments went in a different direction… At that hour, to say the least, it was hard to summon my enthusiasm and optimism.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

A Light Brightly Visible in West Baltimore

It was a pleasure to visit St. Edward in West Baltimore this weekend to offer Holy Mass and spend time with the parish family. I’m especially thankful for the leadership of Father Honest Munishi. We are all very grateful to the Spiritans, Father Honest’s religious community, for making available to us all such a wonderful priest. And we are grateful to Father Honest for his love of the St. Edward’s community and his service to the wider community.

Parishioners of St. Edward are no strangers to what makes headlines in the media: high crime, homelessness, drugs and a host of other social problems. In the midst of so many heart-rending social problems, St. Edward stands out as a beautiful community of faith, worship and service.

The parish community of St. Edward is a “light brightly visible” in the Mosher neighborhood of our city. Parishioners actively reach out to their neighbors – whether through participating in prayer walks, offering a food pantry or hosting a job-training site for Catholic Charities.

Above all, St. Edwards shines bright with the Word of God and the sacraments and seeks to share the Word of God effectively and convincingly in this part of our beloved City of Baltimore.

Read Archbishop Lori’s homily from his Jan. 28 Mass at St. Edward HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“I’m delighted to return to St. Mary’s to install Father Ernest Cibelli as your pastor. It could hardly be said, however, that we rushed into this! Father Cibelli has been ‘on the job’ for quite some time now and you have come to know him as the good priest and pastor that he is, as he goes about serving your pastoral needs with dedication and love.

“With Father Cibelli, I thank you, the parishioners of St. Mary Parish, for striving to grow in holiness, for seeking to live as the Lord’s disciples, and for all you do to advance the Church’s mission in Hagerstown and beyond. Part of that mission is St. Mary’s School – and so I take this occasion to congratulate your principal, Patricia McDermott, as well as your teachers, staff, parents – and, of course, our great students – on being named a blue ribbon school by the U.S. Department of Education! Let me also thank all those involved in the evangelization and formation of the young as well as those who carry forward the mission and many ministries of this parish.”

Read the complete homily HERE.