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posted by deacon greg kandra


Feel free to make yourself at home. This little enterprise will be a place for posting some of my homilies — both rough drafts and final versions, most delivered from the pulpit of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, in Forest Hills, New York.

Since I’m new at this — I was ordained a Permanent Deacon on May 19, 2007 — this is a learning exercise for me. And, maybe, for you, too. I’ll be learning how to preach. And you’ll be learning how painful the process can be; here you’ll have a front row seat for all my pratfalls, flubs, blunders and boo-boos. Plus the occasional miracle — a good and meaty little sermon.

I have the (perhaps naive) hope that I can make preaching matter, and turn a sadly neglected kind of liturgy into something people actually want to hear. (I know, I’m naive. But as I said: I’m new at this.)

I hope you like reading these as much as I do writing them and delivering them. And I hope that this effort will reap the fruits of the beautiful prayer said over me at my ordination:

“Receive the gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become.
Believe what you read,
Teach what you believe,
and practice what you teach.”



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Pete

posted May 30, 2007 at 9:26 am


Thank you for your interest and desire to enter more fully ino the ministry of the Church. May God Almighty bless you.



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Schütz

posted June 1, 2007 at 10:20 am


Congratulations on your ordination to the Diaconate! I am sure you will be a blessing to many.The permanent diaconate has only just been restored here in Melbourne (cf. http://www.catholicdeacon.org.au)–the last Australian Diocese to do so–and will take their first group of aspirants in next year. Hopefully I will be among them. I was a Lutheran pastor for 10 years or so before entering the Catholic Church 6 years ago. I yearn to return to a preaching ministry. My wife is preparing to become a “ministers wife” again!



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