Essay: I have come to understand that a wake is a version of a funeral Mass and that a funeral home is a church by another name.
NCR Today: I often think fondly of the priests and nuns who taught me during college -- but the memories of most of them are bittersweet.
Distinctly Catholic: We, of course, are former smokers. I began smoking as a freshman in college and, later, it was not uncommon to smoke two packs a day.
Reconciliation in Chicago: Three youth from our Back of the Yards Neighborhood share their stories of seizing opportunities for success.
Americans are divided on fundamental issues by political party, race, class and age, according to the Public Religion Research Institute and the Brookings Institution.
Conversations with Sr. Camille: Sr. Mary Mundy has been a pastoral associate for 23 years of her 52 years in religious life and says she cries every time she leaves a ministry.
Bishops of dioceses which themselves fell victim to mass shootings in recent years offered condolences and consolation to survivors and victim family members in the Orlando mass shooting.
NCR Today: More than 500 persons gathered June 15 in Seattle for prayer and reflection on the recent mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub.
NCR Today: I sent a survey to my 27 nieces and nephews, to gather data that could be useful to those ministering to today's American Catholics.
NCR Today: During a semester-long sabbatical, Fr. Rick LaBrecque surveyed 24 nieces and nephews, ranging in age from mid-20s to early 40s, all raised Catholic.