Kevin Di Camillo

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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...

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Celebrating Your Child’s Name Day — and Your Own

On Jan. 21, we will take my daughter out to dinner and buy her a cake and a small gift. But it’s not her birthday — it’s her “name day,” and we celebrate it as we would a feast. I don’t know how or why we started this tradition—I’m sure my...

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The Strange Tale of the Chess Grandmaster Who Became a Priest

When I first saw the 2015 film Pawn Sacrifice, which depicts the most famous chess event of the 20th century, the World Championship in 1972 vs. the USSR’s Grandmaster Boris Spassky, I thought it was another case of Hollywood taking liberties....

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Why Saint Basil the Great Was the Greatest

The few saints surnamed “The Great” make up possibly the penultimate group of smallest saints-within-saints (the smallest being the number of the four Evangelists, and excepting the Holy Family). And of this rarefied collection—which includes St....

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The Saint of Christmas Day

Of all the many saints who have had their feast days moved, reassigned, or dropped altogether from the Universal Calendar after the Second Vatican Council, perhaps no saint fell farther than St. Anastasia. True, everyone still associates Feb. 14...

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This Feast of St. Andrew, Start a Christmas Tradition of Prayer

Every year since I joined the Confraternity of Saint Peter, I receive in the mail a beautiful prayer that, traditionally is said 15 times a day—every day—from the Feast of Saint Andrew until Christmas. This year I received two cards, so I thought...

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St. Gertrude the Great and the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Last year Patty Knap wrote a column about St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302) and her love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and for the Holy Souls of purgatory. St. Gertrude the Great is perhaps best known for her prayer for the souls in purgatory,...