Video Class: Introduction to the Creed (TF109)

The course below fulfills the required class for the Diocese of Honolulu Theological Foundations Certification titled 'Introduction to the Creed (TF109). Be sure to contact your DRE or catechist after taking the course in order to get the proper credit towards your certification. 

Be sure to visit the Diocesan Website HERE  for the list of the courses required for the Theological Foundations Certification. Also visit for a link list of all the courses I offer to fulfill the Theological Foundations Certification 

The Kupuna Hawaiian Style Kanikapila

I had to go to the Ala Moana Shopping Center a little while back to get my iPhone fixed and I stumbled upon this awesome group of kupuna (elders) playing music in one of the alleyways. Nothing beats the old hawaiian style jam sessions (Kanikapila) especially when the elders are involved!

Video Class: Introduction to Scripture (TF107)

The Diocese of Honolulu recently launched a brand new certification process for catechists and other lay ecclesial ministers. The first level of the certification is called 'Theological Foundations' I have created a sub-site of to specifically focus in on the classes that are required to fulfill the certification at

Below is the first of the classes required for the certification, 'Introduction to Scripture' (TF107). Be sure to contact your DRE or catechist after taking the course in order to get the proper credit towards your certification

Be sure to visit the Diocesan Website HERE  for the list of the courses required for the Theological Foundations Certification.

Great Grandma Adeline - Last Manaleo of the family

Here is a video that is truly a treasure for my entire 'ohana. My great-grandmother Adeline, on my mother's side, was the last manaleo of our 'ohana. A manaleo is someone whose first and primary language was Hawaiian.

There are definitely folks in the 'ohana that still speak the native tongue but none of us that know it today had it as our first language. It was a blessing to be able to find this short clip, from the video called 'Kapu Ka'u' wherein my great-grandmother Adeline tells a brief memory of growing up in Ka'u. 

She passed when I was 5 years old. I only recall meeting her once. I and the rest of this family treasure this as this is the only known video recording of her. 

Heretic or Just in Error? (Lets ask St. Thomas)

In my catechetical work I meet many groups of fervent catholics seeking to understand the perennial teachings of Church and engage the hard questions that we face today as Catholics. The other night I ran into an intelligent catholic who really liked using the word 'heretic' to describe anyone that disagreed with one of his ideas or beliefs. I happened to agree with most of what this person believed and said BUT I did take issue with his use of the word 'heretic' so loosely. 

Declaring someone a 'Heretic' is no small deal and I think its important to understand what a heretic actually is according to the Church and when someone might actually just be in error on a specific concept or topic. 

According to Canon Law "A heretic is a person who has been baptized and claims to be a Christian, but who pertinaciously denies or doubts a truth which must be believed with divine and Catholic faith (1325, 2)." (Canon 751 in the 1983 Code)

The key word is pertinaciously (or 'obstinately' in modern translations). Without true pertinacity, against that which they are in error about, the person is not technically a heretic and is rather 'someone who is in error'

Even St. Thomas explains in STh., II-II q.5 a.3 resp.

"Hence it is evident that a heretic who obstinately disbelieves one article of faith, is not prepared to follow the teaching of the Church in all things; but if he is not obstinate, he is no longer in heresy but only in error"

The difference can mean a world of difference when it comes to charitably discussing errors in belief with those who are in error... These days calling someone a 'heretic' is normally of no benefit in trying to bring that person to a greater understanding of the Truth. If someone IS a heretic then it is what it is BUT if they are simply in error about a topic I think its prudent to reason with them and explain to them the orthodox teaching as opposed to declaring them a heretic immediately without doing our part to respond to them, according to 1 Pet 3:15, with gentleness and respect

image from the 'Public domain'  St. Thomas Aquinas

Pope Francis to Confessors around the world

To hear confessions is a pastoral priority. Please, let there not be those notices: “Confessions are heard only on Mondays and Wednesdays from this hour to that hour.” You hear confessions every time they are requested. And if you are there [in the Confessional] praying, keep the Confessional open, which is God’s open heart.

- Pope Francis

Mission at Our Lady of the Mount (3/27/17 & 3/28/17)

I will be leading a lay catechetical mission Monday and Tuesday night starting at 6:30pm (3/27/17 & 3/28/17) at Our Lady of the Mount in Kalihi. During the season of Lent we are called to embrace the transformational nature of Sacrifice and to reflect on those things we can work on in our own lives as we prepare ourselves for the Sacred Paschal Triduum wherein we celebrate the life, death, and glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

For those of you attending the mission I have 2 downloads below that can help you revisit many of the concepts we discuss during the mission.