Fr. Britto's Blog


Remembering Cardinal George

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Francis Cardinal George because, but for him, I would not be here serving as a priest in the archdiocese. I met Cardinal George for the first time in April 1998 and I was still teaching at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. I had been going through a process of discernment regarding my priestly ministry and at the suggestion of Fr Ron Lewinski I was considering applying for incardination into the Archdiocese of Chicago. Cardinal George made me feel welcome and even assured me that he would speak to my religious superiors if necessary. Encouraged by his openness, I finally decided to make my move and started the process in February 2000 as an associate at St Anne’s in Barrington.

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Divorced Catholics

Sometime ago a dear friend of mine called me on the phone and I could hear her sobbing. She was crying because she and her husband were filing for divorce. She was not only mourning the death of her marriage but was also concerned that she would be “excommunicated” from the Church. She has been a faithful Catholic all her life and could not believe that this was happening to her. For years, she had worked hard to keep the marriage together but finally it completely broke down.

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Abundant Bounty

As I write this column, we are still basking in the glow of Easter morn. Our hearts are filled with gratitude to God who gave us His only Son to be our Savior. From His resurrection springs our hope of life eternal. All blessings flow from the death and rising of Jesus. This Easter, more than Easters past, my heart swells with gratitude, because of what the parish has accomplished the last few weeks.

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Who is Fr. Britto?

Born in India to deeply-committed Catholic parents, Fr Britto is one of seven children. He joined the Salesians of Don Bosco as a young man and was ordained a priest in 1981.

After he completed his priestly formation and his early education in India, he came to the US for his graduate degree in Journalism at...Read more...

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7:30 a.m. - Upper Church
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