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Father Jovita: Who Needs Conflict?

Father Jovita: Who Needs Conflict?

by Very Rev. Chukwudi Jovita Okonkwo, Ph.D. As we draw close to the final weeks of our Easter celebration, the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, I’ll like to reflect on the impact of the resurrection experience in forming intentional Catholic disciples. The resurrection was a deeply shattering experience for the apostles and the early Church. The truth of Jesus’ resurrection needed to be told amidst all the maneuvering by the authorities … Read entire article »

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Father Jovita: Transforming Influence

Father Jovita: Transforming Influence

by V. Rev. Chukwudi Jovita Okonkwo, Ph.D.   EASTER: OUR TRANSFORMATION In many ways, Easter portends joy more than any other event or celebration that the mind can conceive. Easter joy is joy presaged by horror; the horror of the cross. Many of us have been touched over the decades we’ve lived by the passing of a loved one, or tragedies in which the mind experienced utter bewilderment.  For example, last week, a good friend of mine, a … Read entire article »

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Wednesdays at the Cathedral: Fireside Chat on Divine Mercy March 30

Wednesdays at the Cathedral: Fireside Chat on Divine Mercy March 30

Wednesdays at the Cathedral continues on Easter Wednesday, March 30.   The Adult Education class features Father Jovita and Deacon Kevin Sartorius talking about Divine Mercy, especially topical in this extraordinary Year of Mercy. The Youth Group will have a Confirmed! party celebrating the members who were confirmed on Easter Sunday. RCIA and the children’s Religious Education classes will continue.   … Read entire article »

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Father Jovita: Responsible Morality

Father Jovita: Responsible Morality

by Very Rev. Chudwuki Jovita Okonkwo, Ph.D. We have hit midway in our Lenten penance or perhaps before this newsletter arrives at your home and you have time to read it, it’ll be a couple weeks before Lent is over. The weather is already showing signs that winter will soon be completely over. We have begun noticing signs that the trees and grasses that have appeared dead are not dead, after all. And so, the signs … Read entire article »

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Father Jovita: Transcendental Spirituality

Father Jovita: Transcendental Spirituality

by V. Rev. Jovita C. Okonkwo, Rector of the Cathedral   During my formation years in the seminary, I read a work by St. Theresa of Avila as part of the exercise of spiritual reading which seminary formation instills on future priests. I do not remember the particular book but I remember pulling it from the seminary library in the “Spiritual Classics” section. Because I made notes on my readings and read them many times over, I’m … Read entire article »

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The State of the Parish Address 2015

The State of the Parish Address 2015

by Very Reverend Jovita C. Okonkwo, Rector of the Cathedral   [Editor’s note: On November 18, Father Jovita called the parish together for the first State of the Parish address, followed by an Open House where parishioners explored every room in the Cathedral and Rectory. Father Jovita began by introducing the Cathedral clergy, the Parish Council, the Finance Council, and the Staff.] God’s Faithful of Holy Family Parish I have the honor to welcome you to our first town … Read entire article »

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Father Jovita: November is the Month of Communion

Father Jovita: November is the Month of Communion

by Rev. Jovita C. Okonkwo, Rector of the Cathedral   November is widely observed as the month of communion. Some call November “month of the dead,” given that this month we celebrate All Hallows’ Eve (aka Halloween), All Saints, All Souls, Veterans Day, and so forth. However, given the truth of our faith that Christian people do not die – they change, rather – I will refrain from referring to November as the month of the dead. … Read entire article »

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Discovering your Authentic Catholic Self: Lessons from the Pope’s Visit

Discovering your Authentic Catholic Self: Lessons from the Pope’s Visit

by Very Reverend Jovita C. Okonkwo   I have been discussing the concrete behaviors necessary to fit the mold of intentional Catholicism. The behaviors in question include voluntary subordination, authentic self, covenantal relationship, responsible morality, transcendental spirituality, and transforming influence. Last month, I focused on voluntary subordination through which the Christian woman or man learns to subordinate her or himself to the other “out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21). In this edition, I would love to … Read entire article »

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In Service to One Another: Voluntary Subordination

In Service to One Another: Voluntary Subordination

by V. Rev. Jovita Okonkwo, Rector of the Cathedral   VOLUNTARY SUBORDINATION Last month, I enumerated concrete behaviors suited for the manner of discipleship that we are called to embrace in order to become intentional Catholics. First among the six behaviors mentioned is voluntary subordination. (Others to be further discussed include authentic self, covenantal relationship, responsible morality, transcendental spirituality, and transforming influence). Voluntary Subordination is key to attaining intentional Catholicism. To become intentional Catholics, we must leave no … Read entire article »

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