Joseph McDaniel

Joseph McDaniel, OSFS, is a seminarian with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. From Vancouver, BC, he is currently serving in campus ministry at Salesianum School in Wilmington, DE.

Bio last updated October 15th, 2020.

Joseph McDaniel

Articles by Joseph McDaniel

  • Our Scarcity, His Grace

    When serving pork chops at a men’s shelter in Vancouver, Joseph McDaniel recognized the generosity God gives to us like excess gravy, in times such as these.

    When we gather this Easter with those we love or have been forced to love through our involuntary confinement together, to break bread together in our homes, to break open the Word that spans all time and distance and will bring us all together again, we declare that even if God appears locked away ...

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  • Drawing To The House

    All sports are distinctly liturgical, writes Catholic seminarian Joseph McDaniel, but the particular physics-defying practice of curling calls us to hurry hard to God.

    Like many good things in the life of a young teenager, it was a ritual I assumed would always be there: the bus ride to the winter club, warming up to the inspiring sound of ABBA, stepping out onto the ice, sliding out from the hack, the coin tosses, the exchanges of “good curling” and handshakes… W...

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  • Fishing The Waters of Fatherhood

    With Father's Day around the corner, seminarian Joseph McDaniel reflects on his memories of fishing with his father, contemplating times past, while examining what fatherhood truly means.

    It is the grace which is seen when a father first teaches his first son to catch a fish or catch a fly ball, when he endures the cramps and pains of time to drive his youngest to school when other men have begun to retire, when he humbly acknowledges that he was perhaps too critical of coach after y...

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  • Presence at the Heart of the World

    While the world often overwhelms with its cacophony of conflicting voices, the Benedictine monks of B.C.’s Westminster Abbey heed the prophetic call of St. Benedict and seek God in work, prayer and silence. But their peace, writes Joseph A. McDaniel, OSFS, is truly open to all who follow the Cross.

    A recent visit home allowed me the opportunity to return to Westminster Abbey, and speak with Abbot John Braganza about the foundations of the Benedictine way of life, and the way in which it continues to serve as a visible sign of the presence of God in the world In our own present age of flux, in ...

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