It is a pleasure and a privilege to write this first greeting to the members of our Order. Our president, Judge Jim McKay, has invited me to serve as National Chaplain and it is an honor to do so. By way of explanation, my last name “Rodi” may not seem Irish, and it is not. However, in an attempt to mollify any misgivings, allow me to state that my paternal grandmother’s maiden name was Merrick (County Mayo) and my mother’s maiden name was Kevlin (County Sligo). I look forward to greeting the members of our Order at our national meeting. I saw the members of the Board of our Order, led by … [Read more...] about Chaplain’s Corner Fall 2017
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Sisters and Brothers, Hibernians one and all, God Bless You and Keep You! As I have been preparing for my new assignment in Austria, I had the privilege of representing our National Board alongside Brother Daniel O’Connell at the Ohio State Convention. I wish to report to all of you that the Ohio LAOH and AOH are continuing the wonderful Celtic tradition of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity. The convention was a great opportunity for fellowship and faith. The Hibernians of Ohio recommitted themselves to the order and a grand time was had by all. As I am concluding my service to all of … [Read more...] about A Chaplain’s Farewell
Brothers and Sisters in Christ. May the Lord Bless You and Keep You. I greet you in the name of our Beloved Patron Saint, Patrick of Ireland. Our Church provides so many wonderful opportunities for us, her children, to grow in grace. One of the most wonderful is the fact that our Church Year, what we call the Liturgical Year, has seasons. The seasons mark not only the passage of time, as our secular seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall do, but they reflect the Paschal Mystery. We have been celebrating for the past 5 weeks, the Easter season. The week that fell between Palm Sunday and … [Read more...] about Brothers and Sisters in Christ …
My Brothers and Sisters in Christ. I greet you on this joyous day, the Feast Day of our Beloved Patron Saint, Patrick of Ireland. I pray that you are being blessed this day through a good and jubilant celebration. I am preparing to celebrate Mass at noon her at Franciscan University for the intention of the many members of my family, living and deceased, who share the name of Patrick. It is one of the most precious gifts that I received from my ordination: the ability to offer the most awesome celebration of Christ’s Paschal Mystery for those whom I love. I share this with you because I … [Read more...] about this joyous day, the Feast Day of our Beloved Patron Saint, Patrick of Ireland…
Blessings to all Hibernians, near and far. Mea Culpa, I am a little late with my corner this month. The semester here at Franciscan University of Steubenville has been going full steam and I have been running to try and catch up. It is such a blessing to be assigned here with my Franciscan brothers to witness our students on Fire for their Catholic faith. Jesus prayed in Luke’s Gospel,“I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Luke 12:49) And here on our campus, that fire is being kindled, praise God. Fire is tied to the topic I wish to present to you … [Read more...] about Blessings to all Hibernians, near and far,
My Brothers in Christ, Merry Christmas to you all! I want you to know that during this most Blessed of Seasons, you and your loved ones will be in my prayers as I remember you in my Masses. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising … [Read more...] about Merry Christmas to you all!
Greetings Brothers. I pray the Lord is Blessing you this day. This my first Chaplain’s Corner for our national website. I have experienced a great deal of pleasure over the years sharing our Catholic faith as a Hibernian Chaplain on both my division’s website and the Virginia State Board’s website. I think our websites are great venues for us to share our faith journey. And it is a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to fulfill my pledge to serve you as one of your deputy national chaplains. We are at the beginning of a New Liturgical Year. Happy New Year! We begin this new year with … [Read more...] about The Chaplain's Corner