Living in these unparalleled times has uncovered deep and fundamental issues in this country and in the Catholic/Christian world. Cavernous divisions over race, politics, leadership, sexual rights and identities, ideologies, immigration, care for the planet, and regard for the poorest reveal themselves in what we do and say. We produce, as it were, a text each day of what we believe by what we do. Question is: can we read the text of our lives? What does it tell us?

I wish to reflect on liturgical praying in our times. How do uncertain times affect the way we engage in the public prayer of the church? How does the way we are shape and influence how we worship? Retreats, days of reflection, webinars are my chosen vehicles for engaging you.

I will soon set dates and times for webinars. And will invite you to join in. Thank you for your patience. –roc,sj



I’m wish to explore ways the church in the United States could consciously engage liturgically, not only with the heart of the Trinity, but also deeply connected to the inner depths of our own hearts. More…


I’d like to reflect on both the musical origins and the theology of pieces I’ve composed, beginning with my latest collection by OCP, All Shall Be Well: The Hand of God. More…


St. Augustine prayed, “Noverim me. Noverim te.” That is, “May I know myself, O God, that I may know you!” Following out this path of reflection, I believe, can help us encounter the Trinity liturgically from our depths. More…


My initial interests – Latin, German, Greek, French and Hebrew – taught me to pay attention to adequate translations of these languages into English. I adopted and refined ways of studying biblical texts, especially in the Lectionary, to inform my preaching.

When I went back to study liturgical theology in my early 50s, this same concern for ‘translating’ what is on the page of church rites and documents continued.

Both came together in writing two books – In the Midst of Our Storms (2015), and I Want to See (2017)– and continue to influence what I write now. More…


I am the oldest of eight – one brother and six sisters. I’m very grateful for each of them. Dad moved from Georgia to southern California after serving four and a half years in the Army. Mom moved from the midwest to southern California to work close to her cousins. In a way, each was seeking something new. They met. More…



Let’s make something together.

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