Fr. Britto's Blog


Servants of St. Francis

The month of September commemorates two great saints both of whom were dedicated to the poor – Mother Theresa of Calcutta and St Vincent de Paul. Mother Theresa died on September 5th and we celebrate the feast of St Vincent de Paul of September 27th. We are all familiar with what Mother Theresa did for the poor. Relinquishing her comfortable role as a math teacher to rich girls in a private school, she walked into the slums of Calcutta and literally lifted the dying off the streets. She became a living testament to the gospel love for the poor and the weak, the outcast and the marginalized, the kind that Jesus fellowshipped with. In the process she made the Catholic faith credible not only to Christians but also to Hindus and Muslims. 

The Stranger

I know that summer is a time to sit back and relax, to do the things that we are unable to do during our busy rest of the year. Even as we rest and refresh, I hope we can take some time to read a good book. Perhaps we can delve into our faith a little more. Instead of my usual weekly column I would like to leave you with a little story. Someone sent me this story seven years ago and it made me think. Here it is for your summer reading and reflection:

Read more: The Stranger

Making Saints

The year is back in session. The summer is over (even though today it is supposed to be 96 degrees!) and normal routine has been restored. Children are back in school and our religious education program is up and running. I believe once again we have record numbers enrolled in the several options available to our families. This Sunday we celebrate “Catechetical Sunday” which reminds all of us of our duty to pass on the faith. On this occasion I would like to thank sincerely our Director of Religious Education, Anna Mae Parkhill, for her amazing leadership and vision. My thanks also go out to all our volunteer catechists – especially our young catechists – who give of themselves to educate our children in the faith at a great deal of personal sacrifice.

Read more: Making Saints

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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