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Fundamentally a Father

Posted by Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. on

Priest-Professors rightly work very hard to excel in their academic disciplines and to hone their teaching skills, but their identities as spiritual fathers are often just as, if not more important to their students and colleagues as are their articles and lectures.

Humility and a SCOTUS Justice

Posted by Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. on

During my first year at the University of Portland, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke on campus. His talk gave me new insights into the First Amendment; it was enlightening, but somewhat expected. Justice Clarence Thomas' visit yielded a far more surprising and important blessing: he...

Universal Languages

Posted by Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. on

Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C., reflects on his time doing mathematics research in Bulgaria over the summer, and shares insights on how his ministry as a professor and scholar, and his vocation as a Catholic priest can mutually inform one another.

A Busy Vacation as a Priest

Posted by Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. on

"One year during seminary, just before we all were leaving for holiday, our rector reminded us, 'You all have worked hard this semester. You've earned a vacation from your classes. But remember, you never take a vacation from being a religious,'" writes Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. "In...

A Small Taste of Heaven

Posted by Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C. on

Every November, at the Villa Maria Man Auction to raise funds for the Holy Cross missions, the local C.S.C.'s at the University of Portland auction off a dinner at the President's House. Fr. Charlie McCoy, C.S.C., describing the dinner, writes, "One of Christ's favorite images for the...

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