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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

The following is taken from Bishop Gerald Barnes’ homily at the Nov. 3 Closing Mass Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Diocese.

 Forty years ago, an action took place and a new diocese was born. Anyone that was here forty years ago, when we became a diocese, would you please stand? Hah, beautiful, and you look so young! 

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 In these summer months we have been faced with several reports in the national and international news of misconduct by Church leaders in the area of sexual abuse.

The revelations of misconduct and negligence in protecting both youth and adults from harm point to serious moral failures in the institutional Church.

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 A fresh start…

 A do-over…

 Hitting the reset button…

 Turning the page…

 We are all familiar with these colloquialisms that describe the fundamental need of human beings to be redeemed from struggle and sin.

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 The family is the fundamental center of human life. The love, support and formation that takes place within a family—shared by a father and mother with their children—is essential to the fulfillment of God’s plan for us as individuals and as community. This cannot be overstated.

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 We’ve heard about the so-called “silo mentality” in the business world – when different divisions or departments within an organization become hyper-focused on their day-to-day initiatives, to the exclusion of wider collaboration and pursuit of a shared vision.

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By Bishop Gerald Barnes

 “There was no room for them in the inn.”

 The Gospel of Luke famously tells us that when Mary and Joseph sought a place for the birth of Jesus, their preferred location was not available.

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