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About Rev. Ray E. Atwood

Rev. Ray E. Atwood was ordained in 1994, and has been pastor of Prince of Peace Cluster (consisting of St. Paul’s Parish, Traer; St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel Parish, Eagle Center; and Sacred Heart Parish, LaPorte City) in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, since 2012. He earned an M.Div. and an M.A. in Systematic Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He is author of the book, Masters of Preaching: The Most Poignant and Powerful Homilists in Church History (2011). He presently pastor of Prince of Peace Cluster, consisting of: St. Paul’s Parish, Traer; St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel Parish in Eagle Center; and Sacred Heart Parish, LaPorte City, Iowa.

Homilies for December 2013

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For Sunday Liturgies and Feasts Homilies for December 2013  1st Sunday of Advent—December 1, 2013 The desires of the flesh Purpose: This Sunday’s readings focus on our preparation for the Lord’s return in glory. Like those … [Read more...]

“Humanae Vitae” and Sacred Scripture: A Missed Opportunity

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While prophetic in many ways, the most controversial encyclical of the twentieth century might have been better received had a stronger biblical argument been made in its favor. This July 2013 we commemorate the 45th anniversary of Pope … [Read more...]

NeverWinter Astral Diamonds