Kevin Di Camillo

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The Highest Opened-Laced Spire in America (and What That Means)

Everybody likes to be the best or first at something, whether it’s the first person in a family to graduate from high school or being the best fly-fisherman in Monroe County.  The same is true of church buildings, too, I think—especially with...

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A Summer Quiz to Test Your Catholic Knowledge

True, it’s not yet technically summer, but with Memorial Day weekend come and gone, now seems as good a time as any to have a quiz on all things Catholic. And as always: no using Google, Wikipedia, or Denzinger! What are the four traditional...

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How to Pray Before Your Daily Prayers

Years ago, when I first received the one-volume Liturgy of the Hours (“The Divine Office”), it came with a card that had a prayer prefaced with the words: “The following prayer may be said before private recitation of the Office.” At the time,...

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Another Catholic Quiz to Stump Your Brain

Be strong, take hold and keep heart! As always: no using search engines, or, for that matter consulting the Catechism or the chancery for answers! The questions: Who was the first American Citizen canonized? How many major basilicas are...

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When Rome Roamed to the Prosperous Bosporus

It seems to be the billion-dollar question: where will Jeff Bezos, the Emperor of Amazon, establish his new headquarters (to go along with its current capital city, Seattle)? Whenever I hear this question, I’m always reminded and amazed by two...

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Test Your Catholic Knowledge with Lenten Quiz #4

Here’s a collection of questions that you may or may not know the answer to—though at some point, if you went to a Catholic grammar school, I'm sure you probably had the answers. Name Pseudo-Dionysius’s nine ranks of angels and… …the three...

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Post-Nominals? (Part II)

A few weeks ago we came up with a fun and hopefully educational quiz on Catholic post-nominals — that is, those sometimes inscrutable suffixes used by members of Religious Orders, Congregations, Societies and groups. Here’s a new batch that,...

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This Tabernacle Design is Totally Inscrutable

One of the many blessings—literally—of teaching at a Catholic College is the availability of the Real Presence kept in the tabernacle in the college chapel. One can stop in and have a moment of respite and make a spiritual communion. However, at...

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Post-Nominals?

Just because Lent is a somber time of fasting, abstaining from meat, and reflecting on the Four Last Things doesn’t mean it can’t also be a time to learn a bit more about our faith—and have some fun while doing so. To that end, I’ve come up with...

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Saint Polycarp is the Saint of Connections

Poor Saint Polycarp! Despite being a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist himself and suffering a true martyr’s death — recounted in great gory (yet glorious) detail —absolutely no one names their child after him. Perhaps this is not too...