Peter Feuerherd, former NCR news editor, is a veteran of the Catholic and religious press, having written for Commonweal, St. Anthony Messenger, and diocesan newspapers in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Albany, Long Island and New York City. He is the winner of numerous Catholic Press Association and religious press awards and is the author of "Holy Land USA: A Catholic Ride Through America's Evangelical Landscape" (Crossroad). Feuerherd writes from Queens, New York, where he is also an adjunct professor of journalism at St. John's University. He is a regular on the basketball courts of the borough. 

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More than a day at the beach: Piping plover volunteers work to save a species

A small group of New Yorkers is volunteering to protect piping plovers, a threatened species in their own backyard. The group tries to keep beachgoers away from protected dunes and sand harboring the long-legged bird.

Renamed Passionist retreat house reflects Berry's call to heal the Earth

As a reflection of Passionist Fr. Thomas Berry's influence, the order's retreat house in New York, now undergoing extensive renovations, will reopen next year with a renewed ministry aimed at offering an environmental and social response to the cries of both the poor and the Earth.

In came Latin, incense and burned books, out went half the parishioners

At St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country Parish in Boone, North Carolina, Fr. Brendan Buckler is among a number of pastors in the Charlotte Diocese who are dubbed restorationists; some parishioners do not feel welcomed by the old-fashioned liturgical tradition.

Thomas Merton's writings on race resonate, gain renewed attention in 2020

Much of Thomas Merton's writing on civil rights remained an afterthought, until the murder of George Floyd in May, and subsequent protests. 2020 has seen Catholics return to Merton's words on race.