From Joe's Desk...
Every morning I wake up to a Thomas Kinkade painting that hangs above my dresser, the stunning work of art is titled A Prayer for Peace . In this masterpiece, Jesus stands on rocky heights above Jerusalem with his face drawn downwards to the right, taking the posture of one... Read more
I was first introduced to the Missionary sisters from Vietnam approximately two years ago when a local Catholic grade school Parent, Julie Treanor, upon recently returning from Pleiku, Vietnam, was inspired to tell the story of her trip to the parent body of Notre Dame School (our local Catholic grade... Read more
On May 29, 1874 in the humble borough of Kensington, London, England, a man was born to us th at would forever change the way we look at words. In commemoration of his birthday—one-hundred and forty two years later, I find myself compelled to share a few words about a... Read more
The date was August 18, 2011, and I was tucked away on the fourth floor in a little room in Christ Churc h, Oxford, England. After successfully defending my dissertation, I sat down to write my forward to the work. Upon doing so, I was made to consider the relevance... Read more
Luke commences his account on the birth of Jesus with the following words: “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled” (Lk 2:1). On one level, Luke is providing the reader with the historical circumstances bringing Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem,... Read more