Archbishop Lori’s Homily – Solemnity of the Epiphany

“It is a pleasure to return to St. Veronica Parish to celebrate the beautiful feast of the Epiphany. I take this moment to greet and thank Fr. Stephen and Deacon Harris for their devoted service to your parish and to your pastoral needs. Let me also thank all of you, the parish community of St. Veronica, for being ‘a light brightly visible’ in the Cherry Hill, Brooklyn, and West Port communities. Thank you for living your faith and for your spirit of charity and outreach.

“It might even be said that today’s feast of the Epiphany is all about our being ‘a light brightly visible’ to the surrounding community, as with the wise men of old, we see by faith the star that hovered over the stable where the Christ, the Savior of the World, was born. Let us spend a few moments,  I.) thinking about this light, II.) about the response of the wise men who followed the star, III.) and about our response to the One who is ‘the light of the world.'”

Read the complete homily HERE.


Archbishop Lori’s Homily – Vocations Discernment Retreat

“Let me begin with a warm word of thanks to the All Saints Sisters who welcome us so warmly to their convent, who pray continually for us and for vocations to the priesthood, (and who also make sure that we’re well fed while we’re here!) We thank you, Sisters, even as we offer our prayers for you and your community.

“I always look forward to this discernment retreat…my greetings to our retreatants. I have met most of you many times before – at Quo Vadis retreats, or at ‘Come and See’ events, or simply in visits to parishes. I look forward to meeting with all of you later today and with you I pray that the Holy Spirit will open your heart to Jesus and his will for your life.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Baltimore is on the Rise (Adapted from remarks given to the leadership of Catholic Charities)

In the season of Advent, the light of God’s love dawns upon a people living in darkness. This is Advent season in the City of Baltimore. So often, all we see or hear about Baltimore is gloom and doom. The news is mostly about violence, drugs, homelessness, and poverty. These are very real and heartbreaking problems which we cannot ignore. What kind of people would we be if these things didn’t break our hearts?

Yet a broken heart is not enough. We also need to have a hopeful heart and there is hope aplenty all around us – as this Kianna’s beautiful talk showed us. I would say that goodness is on the rise in Baltimore and beyond and that Catholic Charities is leading the way. It isn’t about talk. Catholic Charities is all about action. It’s all about acting on the bedrock conviction that each person is endowed by God with dignity, indeed a spark of the divine exists in the depths of each person. This is what drives programs that face head on the very real human problems all around us – Our Daily Bread, job training, Safe Streets, housing, behavioral health programs and so much so – services delivered effectively and professionally but also with a heart, services delivered with faith and love.

Yes, goodness is on the rise, right here in Baltimore. Unfortunately that is a well-kept secret. Negative narratives feed on themselves, become self-fulfilling prophecies, and only deepen our problems.

The friends and supporters of Catholic Charities, can do something about this. All of us have influence in greater Baltimore. All of us have networks. We have the power to change the negative narrative about Baltimore. Instead of gloom and doom, the narrative we embrace is that goodness is on the rise. The narrative we embrace is that by journeying together we can create a brighter future.

Thank you for helping goodness to be on the rise here in Baltimore and beyond. May you experience the fullness of joy and the greatest of blessings during this Holy Season of Christmas!

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: Gaudete Sunday 2017

“Dear brothers and sisters, as you have already heard, today is Gaudete Sunday, and, as you know, the Latin word ‘Gaudete’ means ‘Rejoice!’ Indeed, this Sunday’s liturgy is all about rejoicing for as St. Paul says in his Letter to the Philippians, ‘Rejoice in the Lord always, again, I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord is near’ (4:4-5). And in today’s reading from his 2nd Letter to the Thessalonians, St. Paul again says, ‘Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks’ (5:17).

“One of the reasons for my joy this morning is the opportunity to visit Holy Korean Martyrs Parish, to thank you for your steadfast faith, to thank you for your love of your parish, your strong family values, and your determination to pass your faith on to the next generations, as well as for your generosity to the wider Church in Baltimore and beyond. For all of this and much more, I rejoice and give thanks!  With all of you, I also rejoice in the opportunity to join you in offering our thanks to your Pastor, Fr. Joseph Kim, for his dedicated priestly service and for his wise and loving leadership of your parish. Thank you, Fr. Kim! I also look forward to my continued discussions with your parish leadership as you make plans for the future of this parish and the fulfillment of its mission. It is my intention to meet with your leadership early in the New Year to discuss the best way of moving ahead as we look towards the future.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 2nd Sunday of Advent

“Good morning! I’m delighted to return to Transfiguration Catholic Community to celebrate a Sunday Mass, especially in this beautiful season of Advent, when we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ at Christmas and at the end of time.

“Before reflecting with you on today’s Scriptures, I would like to take a moment to thank all of you for your being a light brightly visible in this part of Baltimore City. By your zeal for the Word of God, by your vibrant and heartfelt worship, and by the missionary and charitable outreach of this parish, you show the possibility of a way of life that is transfigured by the goodness and beauty of Jesus – and for that I sincerely thank you. This community of faith will continue to play an essential role in the evangelization of the City of Baltimore and I look forward to the work we will do together now and in the years ahead.”

Read the complete homily HERE.

Merry Christmas from Archbishop Lori

Dear Friend in Christ,

There is a popular expression often heard this time of year urging people to “Keep Christ in Christmas,” a not-so-subtle reminder to focus on the true meaning of the holiday as we are rushing around trying to complete a seemingly endless to-do list in the run-up to the Big Day. The Archdiocese has taken a similar page from this familiar slogan in its annual Christmas radio ad campaign inviting people to “Make time for Mass” this Christmas.

While it may, at times, seem difficult to add even one more thing to our schedules this month, when we take time to pray–either alone, with our family, or during Mass, we experience a kind of spiritual “rejuvenation” that helps us to remain focused on Jesus’ birth and strengthens us with the closeness to Christ that comes from prayer. Whether you attend Mass regularly, a few times a year or not at all, please consider attending Mass at a parish near you this Christmas.

Another way we can keep Jesus at the center of our Christmas celebration is by bringing hope into the lives of those less fortunate. I was grateful once again to participate in the Knights of Columbus’ annual Coats for Kids campaign earlier this month. I helped my brother Knights hand out 1,100 warm winter coats to needy children in West Baltimore. The joy on the faces of the children was greater than any gift I could receive and reminded me how blessed we are when we share the gift of God’s love with those around us. Whether volunteering at a Catholic Charities program or making a donation to one of the many programs and ministries supported by our Archdiocese, we have many ways of sharing God’s love with those in need, a true Christmas gift for those we help, but even more so for us!

With joyful anticipation of the birth of our Savior, I pray that you and your loved ones will have a blessed Advent and a very Merry Christmas.

Faithfully in Christ,

Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore