Same Blog, Even Better Service

Fr. Joel Free Range

It’s so shiny and new! You may have noticed the visual refresh at BrotherPriests.com. I decided to move the website to a new hosting service and I took the opportunity to try a new look. Its been quite a number of years since we changed the look of the website. This new template is responsive, meaning it adjusts itself to different …

Listen, My Priest!

Fr. Joel Free Range

Leave aside the things that distract you from Me. I am the One Thing Necessary to you in this life. Save your eyes, your ears, your mouth, your hands, and your heart, your whole being for Me, and I will unite you to Myself. Close your eyes to vanities, and your ears to flattery and deceit. Open your mouth to …

A “Simple Prayer” of St. Francis

Fr. Joel Free Range

In 2004 I had the privilege of studying Italian while living in Assisi. The town has been unmistakably marked by its most famous son, St. Francis. Most people only know that St. Francis loved the animals. He’s often seen as an environmentalist or some kind of medieval hippie. I was intrigued by the legend of the man and wanted to …

5 Tools for Productivity across Multiple Computers

Fr. Joel Free Range, Society Today

Priestly ministry has always faced many challenges: lapsed Catholics, disgruntled volunteers, Diocesan policy, the Devil…. But in the world of today, the biggest challenge can be multiple locations. Many priests are shared between two, three, even four parishes. In my case I split time between two offices. That can lead to lots of frustrations. Maybe you took down a name …

Frozen Weather

Benjamin Free Range

Tuesday morning I was drinking my coffee and watching the rain pelt against the windows. After a little while the rain started to look lumpy as it hit the windows. Soon it had become a wet, torrential snow. It was a little surreal to see such a heavy snowstorm at the end of April. I thought about the snow on …

How to customize the Microsoft Office 2007 interface

Benjamin Free Range

My work as a priest involves a good deal of writing, including letters, articles, and longer documents. I supplement this by occasionally writing a book, and so I spend a fair amount of time in Microsoft Word. The Office 2007 interface uses a series of toolbars called ribbons. The ribbon interface means that a lot of buttons I rarely use …

Zombie Apocalypse Now

Benjamin Free Range

I recently watched the trailer for an upcoming film about the world being taken over by zombies (World War Z). I must admit that I like a good monster movie, and zombies are about the only monster we have left, now that vampires, werewolves and witches have been turned into blockbuster heroes in Hollywood. Although I like a good monster …

Mary of the Month (March 2013)

Benjamin Free Range

In case you might be tempted to anxiety over the future of the Church, here is a magnificent rendition of the “woman clothed with the sun, the moon at her feet.” This biblical image describes Mary, but it also describes God’s plan for the Church. Even though the Church is an outcast in so many ways, God has promised to …