In his message for The Monitor Magazine’s May, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., writes, “Love for Mary, the Blessed Mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, is as natural to the Catholic as love for one’s own mother.”

Indeed, Mary’s extraordinary life is a fundamental source of inspiration and affirmation for Catholics. This month, The Monitor shares the stories of individuals who, in the spirit of the Blessed Mother, have said “yes” to extraordinary questions put before them in service to God and others.

Meet the Diocese’s soon-to-be ordained eight deacons and one priest. Sit down with St. Joseph of Medaille Sister Helen Prejean to learn of her journey with death row inmates. Read about the innovations that allowed students to return to in-person learning. Run the bases with the Catholic school principal named as one of the Phillies’ Frontline Heros! And take heart that there are people like Eudora Klee, shown on our cover, who are helping the public get the COVID-19 vaccine.

You’ll also find the newest clergy appointments; a photo collection from Holy Week and Easter; a report on retreat houses and an update on the “Stories of Hope” video series.  Don’t miss our standing columns on Scripture and faith; news reports on the Church, the world and the nation, and El Anzuelo, our monthly section of Spanish-language news and features.

With the arrival of World Communications Day on May 16 we are reminded that despite the destructive potential in today’s media culture, the world of Catholic communications remains a bright light, allowing us to reach more people than ever before. Please join us in celebrating this important ministry of the Church and the way that it can touch each of our lives. 

The print magazine has been mailed to subscribers; if you are not yet a subscriber, click here to learn more!

Due to ongoing restrictions in our churches, we are providing temporary open access to our digital edition. Just click HERE for a sneak peek of the May issue.

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Please know that we are grateful for each and every one of our readers. Thank you to the many who have sent encouraging words and positive feedback about this magazine.  May God bless you all!

Rayanne Bennett, Associate Publisher 

And The Monitor team