Kevin Di Camillo

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9 Family Lessons I Learned While Living in an Abbey

I lived—briefly—as a Norbertine Affiliate at Saint Joseph Priory, part of Saint Norbert Canonry, in the Jubilee Year 2000. And though God was not calling me to the priesthood or religious life, during that short time I learned some life lessons...

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The Muslim Mechanic and the Catholic Baker

On September 15, 2014 my mechanic, Jamal Hapatsha, had a massive heart attack right inside of his gas station here in Haledon, New Jersey. Since he had recently been robbed, Jamal had high-resolution cameras installed to deter theft — and...

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5 Saints of Peru You Should Know

My adopted twins are of Peruvian stock, so I have a special place in my heart for St. Rose of Lima (the first saint of the Americas). However, as we have seen in this series on saints, they tend to grow in clusters. And in Peru during the...

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Mother Angelica and Mother Teresa in Niagara

This article originally appeared in the National Catholic Register on April 30, 2016.​ In 1980, when I was ten, Mother Teresa gave the commencement address at my parents’ (and grandparents’ and aunts’ and uncles’) alma mater, the Vincentian...

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March Madness is Preceded by February Sadness

In the words of the Catholic novelist Ford Madox Ford, “This is the saddest story I have ever heard.”  No, I’m not speaking about the all-too-early departures of Notre Dame and Villanova from the NCAA men’s basketball tournament (let alone the...

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This Lent, Spend More Time on YouTube

A few months ago my father called me up. For a man who is all but a Luddite and eschews a cell phone, a computer, a tablet, and still uses the leather-bound edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica to verify what he’s read in his morning newspaper,...

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If You Can’t Sleep, Pray the Gradual Psalms

Insomnia. Truly no fun at all: the mind runs while the body lies paralyzed worrying about the bills, the kids, the new catalytic converter for the car, and the sad state of human affairs—the whole lot of human misery. And the “cures” for insomnia...

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Overcome Fear and Make Confession Part of Your Life

Every Lent for the past ten years my bishop, Most Rev. Arthur Serratelli, has mandated that all churches and chapels in the Diocese of Paterson have the Sacrament of Penance available every Monday night from 7:00-8:30 p.m. This is in addition to...

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St. John Bosco, St. Mary Mazzarello and the Salesians

St. John Paul II, speaking of Don Bosco, said “St. John Bosco was one of those who, in the history of the Church, best understood Christ’s words on the kingdom of Heaven as exemplified by means of a child. He was one of the most understanding of...

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The New 7 Wonders of the World List is Missing a Few Wonders

What are the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? There was a time when every schoolboy or girl could name them (citing Richard Halliburton’s Complete Book of Marvels): Halicarnassus, the Colossus at Rhodes, the Pharos (the Lighthouse at...