Karna Swanson

Karna Swanson

Director of Communications

The event of Christianity, a thing of beauty

When Christianity is reduced to a mere set of precepts or dogmas, living out one’s faith could be perceived as a burden, and the faith could seem to be something […]

Archbishop to deacons: Make your marriages ‘stand out’

“It’s essential that your marriages stand out,” Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila told nine men who were ordained to the permanent diaconate June 17 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate […]

Father Traynor grateful for opportunity to serve as seminary rector

Father Scott Traynor, rector of the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary from 2013 through May 2017, describes his four-year term as rector of St. John Vianney Theological Seminary as “a […]

Francisco and Jacinta Marto: Great saints who changed history

One hundred years ago this month, as the world sank deeper into the world war that would leave the continent devastated and millions dead, three shepherd children from the small, […]

So-called sanctuary is not the solution, says bishop

Auxiliary Bishop Jorge Rodriguez of Denver didn’t tell a group of Hispanic parishioners at St. Mary Parish in Greeley, Colo., that the Catholic Church would deny sanctuary to an individual […]

All things Scalia (Father Scalia)

Father Paul Scalia made national headlines in 2016 when he delivered the homily at his father’s funeral. Instead of eulogizing the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016) for his […]

perspective

Here’s an idea, give up busyness for Lent

Remember downtime? It was that thing we did before cellphones. We’d be waiting for a doctor’s appointment or for a bus, and we’d just sit there, idle. I was waiting […]

The art of ash making

Making ashes isn’t as easy you might think. “There is quite an art to it,” according to Mike Gerken, who co-owns Gerken’s Religious Supplies with his brother. “To get the […]

The Klan and why we need Catholic media

February is Catholic Press Month—a time to recognize the value and contribution of the Catholic Press, and to pray for its journalists and editors. It’s also a time to recognize […]

Faithful urged to pray for immigrants on feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The bishops of the United States are urging Catholics to dedicate Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to prayer for the plight of immigrants and refugees, according […]

Everybody loves a great book

Whether you’re an avid reader, or not, everyone likes owning great books. So why not consider giving some great Catholic books to friends and family this year? Here are a […]

Give gifts worthy of a King

Be honest, your heart sinks a little at the approach of Christmas. The First Sunday of Advent draws near, and what looms large before us are long to-do lists, multiple trips […]