Pastor's Note

Fr. Jim

Greetings in Christ to you all!

This week, Fr. Timothy Gallagher OMV (a native son of Maine, NY!) will be presenting to the priests and deacons of our diocese on the topic of discernment. This is a word you may have heard before, and it has been something highly commended by Pope Francis, among others. Discernment, in the spiritual life, is the way in which we come to know God’s will in our lives. It is a process of prayer and reflection that helps clarify which desires of ours are in keeping with our baptismal call to holiness, and which lead us away from God. Classical discernment was developed to a great degree by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus.

Taking a cue from the Holy Father, I’d like to recommend making discernment a part of your spiritual lives as well. Fr. Gallagher himself has authored a number of books on the topic which give wonderful practical guidance on how to figure out what God is asking of us in the concrete situations in our lives. If you’re interested in learning more, I’d be happy to answer any questions to the best of my ability. You can also search Fr. Gallagher’s works on Amazon or look up his videos on YouTube.

As I’ve mentioned in previous homilies, these times are going to demand more of us as individual Christian believers, and I think you’ll find the spiritual tools which Ignatian discernment provides are powerful and valuable for growing closer to God.


Fr. Ken Kirkman