“What am I called to do?” leads one man to being a deacon

A local paper in Mercer Island, Washington looks at one man’s journey to the diaconate: On Oct. 27, Islander and former Starbucks employee, Frank DiGirolamo, recited vows and allegiance to the faith of the Roman Catholic Church beneath the splendor of the soaring Italian Renaissance ceilings of the 105-year-old St. James Cathedral in Seattle. Amid [Read More...]

Ka-ching: Vatican seeking funds from tourists for restoration project

From the Associated Press:  Not even the Vatican is immune from the economic crisis. For the first time, the Vatican is seeking funds directly from pilgrims, collectors and tourists to pay for the ambitious restoration of the 17th century Bernini colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square. The Vatican’s Philatelic and Numismatic Office, which sells commemorative coins [Read More...]

Day’s days: her diary reveals a spitfire saint

I’m working my way through Dorothy Day’s diaries, collected in “The Duty of Delight,“ and among all the mundane details of daily life —whom she met, what she prayed, when she ate—the woman being touted for sainthood by New York’s Cardinal Archbishop reveals a distaste, even a disdain, for some clergy. There’s this, for example, [Read More...]

Apocalypse? Now!

Elizabeth Scalia at First Things offers some beautiful, hope-filled words of wisdom in the wake of the election: We begin, I think, by giving simple thanks to God for the election—without conditions or sly assumptions that we know anything or are somehow colluding with Providence. That sounds counterintuitive, I know, but whenever I think a [Read More...]

‘Tis the season: atheists stage “alternative” Nativity scene

Details:  Atheists, clearly agitated that Christians purportedly “stole” various holiday traditions from pagans, have come up with a solution: A potentially-offensive “natural nativity scene” that removes baby Jesus and replaces traditional Bible characters with some eyebrow-raising alternatives. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is behind the spectacle, which emerged this week as part of a diorama inside the Wisconsin state capitol. [Read More...]

Dolan on Day: “I’m convinced she is a saint for our time”

The New York Times takes a look at the latest efforts to promote the sainthood cause of Dorothy Day: Dorothy Day is a hero of the Catholic left, a fiery 20th-century social activist who protested war, supported labor strikes and lived voluntarily in poverty as she cared for the needy. But Day has found a [Read More...]

The Catholic Church’s push to make better preachers

From Religion News Service: As Drew Burkemper got up to preach, the weight of his task was evident. His classmate at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Adam Maus, had just pretty much killed it. Like Burkemper, Maus and other Catholic seminarians were told to prepare and deliver to his class a homily for an imaginary event. Maus’ scenario [Read More...]

“Give an honor to our Lord and Savior Barack Obama…”

We don’t have to wait until Christmas for the Messiah after all: Actor, comedian and singer Jamie Foxx caused a stir when he proclaimed President Obama a messiah as he spoke at the annual Soul Train Awards. “It’s like church over here. It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior [Read More...]

A day in the life of a seminarian

Curious about what that entails? The Archdiocese of Washington has just posted this short video that offers an answer. [Read more...]

Deaf deacon to be ordained priest

Details, from the Western Catholic Reporter in Canada: Matthew Hysell became deaf after contracting spinal meningitis when he was 18 months old. He lives in a mostly silent world, but those who know Hysell (shown in the picture on the left) describe him as a good listener, someone who pays attention to their concerns. Since [Read More...]