Kevin Di Camillo

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How to Read Three of America’s Most Beautiful Stained-Glass Windows

I’ve mentioned before in these pages that one of the benefits of working at a Catholic college is the ability to stop in the campus chapel for spiritual communion and the refreshment of prayer. Niagara University, a Vincentian college where I...

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The Catholic Publishing Quiz (Part III)

I often remind my students at Niagara University and Canisius College that they are reading and writing more than any generation in history! But they are reading (and until they get into my classroom) writing unedited content: Tweets, Facebook...

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5 Vincentian Saints You Should Know About

One of the blessings of teaching at Niagara University, founded by the Vincentian Fathers, is that one is surrounded by buildings named after saints—and not surprisingly, more often than not, these saints are Vincentians. Niagara’s central...

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The Month of the Most Saints in a Row

August is a month of vacations, stupefying heat, sparsely-attended Major League Baseball games — and, in the Church, the single longest streak of memorials, optional memorials, feasts and solemnities. In fact, for 13 straight days — more than...

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St. Peter Chrysologus, the Doctor of Short Homilies

I think many Catholics secretly wish for it—especially during the summer: a pastor who always gives a short homily. In the history of the Church there haven’t been a lot of Saints, let alone Doctors of the Church, who were famed for brief...

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Hidden Tabernacles and 8 More Liturgical Crotchets

Two years ago I wrote a piece in the Register (“9 of My Liturgical Crotchets—and Yours”) about things that distract me at Mass. While none of these are “diriment impediments,” I do find them disturbing. For example: 1. Uncentered tabernacles....

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The Rise of the Clerks Regular

I recently picked up a book called Theatine Spirituality for no other reason than that I wanted to know what it meant, exactly. Turns out one can’t understand what “Theatine” spirituality is without knowing a bit about Barnabite spirituality and...

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7 Norbertine Saints You Should Know

We recently celebrated the feast of St. Norbert, founder of the Canons Regular of Prémontré, also known as the Premonstratensians or Norbertines. I’ve written at length about St. Norbert here and I once lived in a Premonstratensian Abbey. But...

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9 Unique Suggestions for Summer Reading

A few years ago, I suggested that, instead of some mindless mass-market best-seller for your summer reading, to try reading something totally different — something that you would normally never, ever pick up. Herewith, some suggestions for summer...

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The Voice of St. Chromatius is Heard Once More

In 2004 I was working as a book editor. One of the pleasures of that job was coming up with ideas for new books. So at a “proposal meeting” (where an editor proposes a book idea to the entire team) I proposed a book of St. Chromatius’...