Archbishop Kurtz Blog

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.

Families and Persons with a Disability

My good friend growing up, Ed Leahy, asked me to give the keynote talk at the 13th Conference on Disability at the University of Scranton. He and I have been friends since grade school and have kept in touch all … Continue reading

Synod Blog – October 19, 2014

Looking back on this Extraordinary Synod, I was very inspired by the Holy Father’s heart of compassion and desire to walk with people. I am reminded of Christ who looked on the crowds of people and “his heart was moved with pity for them.” … Continue reading

Synod Blog – October 16, 2014

As I write this entry, we are in the middle of the 2nd week of the Synod on family.  I ask for your prayers. You may recall that my prayer at the beginning of the Synod was threefold: that confidence … Continue reading

Hopes and Expectations for the Synod

I talked with Catholic News Service about the Synod on Challenges Facing the Family in the Context of Evangelization and our hopes for it.  

Synod Blog – September 30, 2014

I’m in the Eternal City – Roma.  My visit will be for three weeks, and so I ask for your prayers.  Included at the end of this blog is Pope Francis’ prayer for the Synod on Challenges of the Family … Continue reading

Holy Hour Homily at the Diocese of Charlotte Eucharistic Congress

Here is the video of the Holy Hour Homily I gave on September 20 at the Diocese of Charlotte’s Eucharistic Congress.

Keynote at Pro-Life Leadership Conference

My message to diocesan pro-life directors given in July at the annual Diocesan Pro-Life Leadership Conference in Charleston, SC, may help in preparing for October’s Respect Life Month. Keynote at Pro-Life Leadership Conference Charleston, South Carolina July 28, 2014 It … Continue reading

Opening of School Year Mass for Catholic Elementary School Educators

Below is the homily that I delivered to our archdiocesan Catholic elementary school teachers at the opening Mass for this school year:   A special welcome to all of you as you begin the school year!  This is a sign … Continue reading

Pray as the Synod on Family Nears

It has been a long-standing custom for the president, vice-president, and general secretary of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference to journey to Rome in October for a constructive conversation on timely topics of great interest to the Church in the United … Continue reading

Expecting the Unexpected

I just wrote a note to Alex Kupper. I had to compliment him for his wonderful interview in the most recent edition of the National Catholic Register.  Mr. Kupper has just joined the National Football League’s Houston team as an … Continue reading