From “nones” to nothing: study charts what may be America’s least religious generation

View image | A press release, from San Diego State University, offers some sobering statistics: In what may be the largest study ever conducted on changes in Americans’ religious involvement, researchers led by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean M. Twenge found that millennials are the least religious generation of the last six [Read More...]

Taking the plunge: number of weddings held at religious institutions drops to just 28%

View image | A few days ago, I posted on the rising expenses of the wedding industry—and an alert reader pointed me to this release from a couple months back, which helps put it in context: The Knot 2014 Real Weddings Survey can be broken down on a region-by-region basis across more than 80 [Read More...]

Juneau to ordain 2 deacons

From the diocesan website: With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God The Diocese of Juneau joyfully announces and invites you to the ordination of Steven B. Olmstead and Michael Galbraith to the Holy Order of Deacons by Most Reverend Edward J. Burns, Bishop of Juneau on Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the evening [Read More...]

Ordination update: 6 new deacons for Sioux Falls

From the Diocese of Sioux Falls website: The Ordination to the Order of Deacon took place on May 28, 2015 at The Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Sioux Falls. Bishop Paul J. Swain ordained James Bregel, William Kappler, Roger Puthoff, William Radio and Joseph Tegethoff as permanent deacons and Barry Reuwsaat to the transitional diaconate. [Read More...]

VIDEO: Deacons answering the call in Brooklyn

Behold: a nicely done video report on the ordination of deacons in Brooklyn last week, from the Diocese of Brooklyn TV channel, NET. Bishop Nichols DiMarzio writes in the current edition of The Tablet: In the last several weeks, I had the opportunity to personally interview the candidates for the Permanent Diaconate and their wives. [Read More...]

This just fills me with joy

Behold, the incomparable living legend, Dick Van Dyke, still kicking up his heels at the ridiculous age of 89. God love him. The YouTube description from the group The Dustbowl Revival notes: We had the luck and the privilege to share the first single “Never Had To Go” from our 2015 release With A Lampshade On [Read More...]

From the vault: “Letter to a new deacon”

It’s ordination season, so this seems a good time to re-post this gem, which came from Redemptorist Fr. John McKenna two years ago. It strikes me as being just as timely and apt now as it was then. Take a look. Share it with a new deacon you know. Or even an old one.   [Read more...]

Philadelphia to install new mural honoring Pope Francis

It’s timed to coincide with the World Meeting of Families, ‘natch. Details from Officials unveiled a rendering for the mural, which will be displayed at the future location at St. Malachy School at 1012 W. Thompson St., on Thursday. The announcement of the mural comes just less than four months in advance of the [Read More...]

Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims preparing together for papal visit to Bosnia

View image | From Reuters:  Preparing for the visit, Bosnians of all faiths are showing a rare unity in a country plagued by political and ethnic tensions nearly 20 years after the end of its 1992-95 war that claimed over 100,000 lives. While the pontiff’s June 6 visit is the most eagerly awaited by [Read More...]

Catholic university moves statue of missionary after some complain it is racist—UPDATED

Details:  Saint Louis University has removed a statue on its campus depicting a famous Jesuit missionary priest praying over American Indians after a cohort of students and faculty continued to complain the sculpture symbolized white supremacy, racism and colonialism. Formerly placed outside the university’s Fusz Hall in the center of the private Catholic university, the statue will [Read More...]