I acknowledge the mentoring of a number of outstanding preachers who have nurtured and nourished my homiletic skills
through their guidance, encouragement or example:
Rev. George Smiga, Pastor, St. Noel, Willoughby Hills, OH Rev. Paul Hritz, Pastor Emeritus, St. Malachi, Cleveland, OH Rev. Bill Thaden, Pastor, Sacred Heart Chapel, Lorain, OH John King, former, Associate Pastor, St. Hilary, Akron, OH Patrick Mc Hugh, Former Associate, St. Malachi, Cleveland, OH Rev. Don Cozzens, Associate Professor John Carroll University, University Heights, OH My brother priests ordained with me on May 28, 1988 Special thanks to the following communities which have evaluated my preaching over the years: St. Dominic Church, Shaker Heights, OH St. Malachi Church, Cleveland, OH St. Peter Church, Lorain, OH St. Raphael Church, Bay Village, OH Christ the King Church, East Cleveland, OH 400 + parishes with whom I have shared the Word on behalf of the poor over the past nine and half years . The Sisters of St. Joseph, Cleveland and the Carmelites Sisters of the Holy Family, Cleveland Heights with whom I regularly celebrate Eucharist
One of the concerns I had in undertaking this project is that in so many cases I never thought to
record the sources for some of the stories or images I used. As I went through the notes and texts
of the homilies posted here, I was able to remember some of those sources. Other times my
memory failed. The two consistent sources I have used in the preparation of all my homilies are
Monika Hellwig's Gladness Their Escort Patricia Datchuk Sanchez' s preaching resource in Celebration.
I will continue to update the crediting of sources as my memory (and hopefully my readers') bring
these to my attention.