Archbishop Kurtz Blog


Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.

Letter from Archbishop Kurtz Calling for Prayers and Action for Peace

Below is a letter I wrote to U.S. bishops about the need for prayers and actions for peacein so many parts of the world.  This statement was released this morning by the UnitedStates Conference of Catholic Bishops. July 22, 2014 … Continue reading


Fortnight for Freedom Homily 2014

This is my homily from the closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom on Independence Day. The liturgy was celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl at noon July 4th at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.  Introduction:               We … Continue reading


Homily at Closing Mass-Marten Program in Homiletics and Liturgics

Here is the homily I preached on Friday, June 27 at the closing Mass for the Marten Program of Homiletics and Liturgics at Notre Dame University. When you discover that someone loves you, it can change your whole outlook on … Continue reading


Catholic Press and the New Evangelization

I presented the following keynote address to the annual meeting of the Catholic Press Association on Wednesday, June 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina:  Introduction:  Thanks for the Feedback A book published earlier this year by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen … Continue reading


St. Barnabas, Son of Encouragement

At the annual spring meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, held this year in New Orleans, I gave the following homily last Wednesday (June 9) in St. Louis Cathedral on the feast of St. Barnabas:  How grateful … Continue reading


Interview with EWTN

At the annual spring Bishops’ meeting, held this week in New Orleans, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Raymond Arroyo of EWTN.  Here is the interview:   


Pope and Patriarch Meet

The coverage of Pope Francis’ three day visit to the Holy Land was excellent.  What a whirlwind visit it was – meetings with leaders of Israel and Palestine, visiting the holy shrines, praying at Sacred Walls and walls that separate, … Continue reading


“Mass Mobs” and Other Acts of Creativity

I must admit that I did not understand the meaning of a “flash mob” when I first encountered it in a TV commercial. Now I know this phrase describes the phenomenon of people showing up at a place, coordinated by … Continue reading


Archbishop Kurtz sends Greetings on the Eve of the Apostolic Pilgrimage to Jerusalem

In this video greeting, Archbishop Kurtz explains the history behind the upcoming trip in Jerusalem between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and discusses the issue of Christian suffering in the Middle East:   


School Reunions

This is the season for graduations and school reunions.  I recently went back to Pennsylvania for a reunion and fiftieth anniversary celebration of my high school class of 1964.  It was a great weekend.  My good friend and classmate (since … Continue reading