Kevin Di Camillo

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In the Spirit of Saint Joseph’s Day, Free Bread for All

For the first time that I can remember in my 50 years, my best friend’s family will not be hosting a Saint Joseph’s Table at their home (due, of course, to the coronavirus outbreak, which has now landed squarely here in Niagara County,...

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The Tradition of the Saint Joseph’s Day Table

Saint Joseph’s Day, March 19 is, in Italy, also Father’s Day—which isn’t at all surprising as St. Joseph was, of course, the foster father of Jesus. This feast and festival—which always falls in the midst of Lent—is especially commemorated and...

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How St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane Frances de Chantal Changed the World

What is “spiritual direction”? Unlike the Sacrament of Penance, the study of systematic theology, or the corporal works of mercy, spiritual direction is a much less easily defined concept. Perhaps an easier way to define it is by showing...

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The Pope Wears White—So Do These Orders

We are all familiar with the white vestments of the pope. And many of us know that the color, if not the design, goes back to at least the Dominican pope, Pope Benedict XI, who simply kept wearing the white habit of the Order of Preachers —...

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How Bad Were “the Bad Popes?”

Fifty years ago E.R. Chamberlin published his decisively (and derisively) entitled work The Bad Popes which, depending on how you read it, is either an unblinkered look at the low points of the papacy, or a point-blank vendetta against the Barque...

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Saints, Like Grapes, Tend to Grow in Clusters

“It’s always seemed odd to me,” says Fr. Vincent J. O’Malley, C.M., “That saints, whether in stained-glassed windows or in statues, are represented almost always as solitary individuals—very rarely in pairs or groups.” Fr. O’Malley should know....

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St. John Paul II and the Race Car Driver

This article originally appeared June 11, 2016, at the Register.   Quick question: What’s the biggest sporting event this weekend? The Belmont Stakes? The Stanley Cup Final? The NBA Final? Nope. The biggest TV audience will be on the Canadian...

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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...