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A Day in the Life of a Friar: The Blessings and Challenges of Being a Pastor

By Fr. Christopher VanHaight, OFM I was asked to write an article on what a typical day is like for me as a friar and pastor of Saint Bonaventure Church in Paterson, NJ. One of the great things about being in a parish is that there is no such thing as a typical day. How boring...
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It’s a Wonderful Life

By Fr. Sean O’Brien, OFM  People are often curious about what a parish priest does all day. It is not uncommon to hear voices inquiring, “Father, aside from saying Mass on Sunday, what else do you do?” Sometimes I feel ill equipped to adequately describe a typical day in my...
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