Reasonably Catholic: Keeping the Faith

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Radio host/columnist Colin McEnroe finds his spiritual home — in a Baptist church

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ColinColin McEnroe, host of WNPR’s “The Colin McEnroe Show” and a Hartford Courant columnist, tells how, after a lifetime of seeking, he found his spiritual home at Riverfront Family Church in Glastonbury (, whose pastor Nancy Butler has ALS and is determined, in her last days on earth, to do, in Colin’s words, some “spiritual carpentry” on him. Though Colin is sure he’d win no prizes for “best Christian,” he says he might be this year’s “most improved.” Part II of our chat airs next Tuesday, Aug. 2nd.

Here is a recent column about how his developing faith has changed him:


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It’s how they roll: in a 5th tour, Nuns on the Bus take on the disparities among us

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Nuns on the Bus Sister Simone Campbell, left; Sister Larretta Rivera-Williams, above right; and Sister Susan Francois pass the cell phone among themselves for an interview about their fifth bus tour, this one themed “Mend the Gaps.” The 13-state tour, designed to hit both political conventions, is a project of the non-profit lobbying group Network, of which Sister Simone is the executive director. Go to or for details about the sisters and their work.

The bus will park at Holy Family Passionist Monastery and Retreat House, 303 Tunxis Road, West Hartford on Sunday, July 24. Interested visitors are invited to caucus at 4 p.m., then attend Mass afterward.


Also, Commonweal film critic Richard Alleva reviews “The Innocents,” a quietly powerful film about a post World War II convent of Polish nuns in trouble.



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Willing to get in ‘a little Gospel trouble’

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\Deacon ArtDeacon Arthur Miller, who headed the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Black Catholic Ministries until it was eliminated last year (as was the Office of Hispanic Ministries), is still finding plenty of ways to inspire. An activist, author (of The Journey to Chatham, about his growing up in Chicago in the ’50s when he was a schoolmate of Emmet Till, whose murder helped spark the civil rights movement), and popular speaker, Deacon Art was recently arrested for blocking traffic as part of a Black Lives Matter Moral Monday protest in Hartford.


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Practicing presence: a deeper kind of mindfulness

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Mike Smoolca picMike Smoolca gave up his technology job to become a retreat leader and spiritual director. He also is resurrecting the moribund Greater Hartford chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society. Learn more at and by looking him up on Facebook.