Fr. Peter Daly is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and has been pastor of St. John Vianney parish in Prince Frederick, Md., since 1994. For almost 20 years, Daly wrote a column for Catholic News Service that went to diocesan publications. He has also written for The Washington Post, Catholic Digest, Reader's Digest, the ABA Journal, and other local publications. He has a 20-pound cat named Russell.

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Mary Dwan was the best that our Catholic Church can produce

Parish Diary: Mary, who died Feb. 1, lived a life devoted to charity for the poor, preservation of the environment, education of young people and development of the church.


Any rational immigration policy would want Jose as a citizen

Parish Diary: If the DACA kids could have a poster child, it should be Jose, a hard-working 22-year-old who is very much a part of our community. There are thousands more like him.


Retirement is 'the real world' for me

Parish Diary: Now that I'm detached from parish life, I am finding I'm without a number of things, like staff support, built-in friendships, tedious meetings and the need to be "on" all the time as a priest.

With regret and relief, fatigue and gratitude, I'm retiring

Parish Diary: I leave with a divided heart, for my bond with the people of this parish is as strong as any bond of blood or DNA.