The diaconate grows in Brooklyn: 19 to be ordained Saturday

Can I hear an “Amen!”? As our diaconate director says, it’s the most diverse group ever for the “diocese of immigrants.” The news release: On Saturday, May 23rd, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will ordain 19 men to the Order of Deacon at 11 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 [Read More...]

Historic: Muslim imam earns masters in theology at Catholic Seattle University

From The Seattle Times: The premise of Abdullah Polovina’s story sounds like the start of a bar joke: A Muslim imam walks into a Catholic university … Except it’s true. Polovina, who leads a congregation of Bosnian Muslims in Portland, did just that. And in June, he’ll walk out to “Pomp and Circumstance.” The 41-year-old [Read More...]

Brooklyn gets two new auxiliary bishops—including one who regularly celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form

From the In My Backyard Desk, the following press release arrived in my mailbox this morning. One detail of note (which is unmentioned here): one of the new bishops, Fr. James Massa, often celebrates Mass in the Extraordinary Form. In fact, a few years ago, Bishop DiMarzio appointed him to coordinate the celebration of the liturgy in [Read More...]

Ordination update: 8 new deacons for Baltimore

From The Catholic Review:  Lying face down on the hard sanctuary floor of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland, May 16, eight white-robed men remained motionless as more than 1,000 people called on the heavenly saints to intercede for them. “Pray for us,” the congregation repeatedly chanted in solemn unison, after a cantor [Read More...]

Putting out into the deep: May 19, 2007

About the stole It is a custom in this diocese for each deacon class to design its own distinctive stole to wear on the day of ordination. Taking as our inspiration Bishop DiMarzio’s motto “put out into the deep” (Luke 5:4), we’ve designed a stole that shows a vessel sailing into the water. It resembles a [Read More...]

“Dear Church…”: A millennial writes about how to keep his generation in the pews

View image | This was written by a young Protestant—United Methodist, actually—but it should be read by everyone (Catholics, I’m looking at you). He offers a few modest proposals, including: Don’t expect a “worship style” to do your dirty work. Contemporary worship hasn’t worked. The longer we extend the life of this failed experiment, the more we [Read More...]

Jude Law to star as “The Young Pope”

Pope Lenny?? From Variety: Jude Law will topline Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s TV series, with the working title “The Young Pope,” about an imaginary pontiff who is the first Italian-American pope in history. Rupert Murdoch’s paybox Sky and France’s Canal Plus will co-produce with HBO, marking the first multiple-player production of this type in Italy. The series [Read More...]

Professional actors help seminarians with “Preaching Boot Camp”

From the Detroit Free Press: Let’s be honest, Catholic priests aren’t known for soul-stirring preaching. And according to Pope Francis and many ex-Catholics, that’s a problem. Boring sermonizing does not fill the sanctuary or pay the bills. It certainly will not curb the steady march of American Catholics from the faith. “Priests today have to [Read More...]

“Here is a happy priest”: homily for a priest’s 25th anniversary

Today Fr. Antonin Kocurek, a priest in our parish who ministers to the Czech apostolate in the Diocese of Brooklyn, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. He asked me to serve and preach at the Czech Mass marking this occasion in Astoria, Queens. Here’s what I had to say. +++ The last [Read More...]

Meet the newly ordained Catholic priest with two Muslim daughters

This may be one of the most unusual vocation stories you’ll ever encounter. From The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:  Like most seminarians, the Rev. Dennis Saran could tick off the many influences that bolstered and shaped him in his yearslong path to the priesthood. There was his Catholic upbringing, of course. His teacher-priests and fellow seminarians. Long-dead [Read More...]