By Ted Furlow

 July rings in a new ministerial year and marks the end of my active career in diocesan ministry. After 16 years I am going to totter off to retirement with an encore career in something else. This is my last piece as an employee of our Diocese, so I want to take this opportunity thank you for your prayers, kindness, and participation in my Ministry of Planning. 

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By Ted Furlow

Narcissism - (noun), definition: whatever you want it to be.  

 This cute, seemingly millennial, tidbit comes from Jef Mallett’s satirical cartoon strip Frazz.  When I read it the other day, the thought occurred to me that Mallett may have had something bigger in mind.

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By Ted Furlow

 Several months ago I renewed a relationship with an old friend, a Notre Dame University grad.  Over the years we have teased one another about the superiority of his Holy Cross education and my Jesuit education, and in this conversation he was reciting recent criticisms of Jesuit universities voiced by the inaptly named Cardinal Newman Society.

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By Ted Furlow

 As I prepare for imminent retirement, I have been looking around my office thinking about what I might save. In the usual debris of a long occupied office, aside from diplomas, certificates and awards, there are few gems worth taking. However, one thing for sure on my takeaway list is an “original del Riego,” as in Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Rutilio del Riego. It dates back to his first all-day Senior Staff meeting after becoming our Auxiliary Bishop. 

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By Ted Furlow

 I rang in the year 2000 at a neighborhood restaurant, standing outside at midnight looking at the foggy streetscape and wondering what the future had in store. It is unique enough to see a new century, but shepherding in a new millennium was a privilege. 

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