Ordination preview: new deacons for Boston

From the Boston Pilot:  Cardinal Seán O’Malley will celebrate the Rite of Ordination to the Order of Deacon for 10 candidates at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Sept. 22. Louis J. Piazza, a deacon candidate of the class of 2012, explained the significance of the rite and gave a bit of insight into the [Read More...]

Fort Worth’s Bishop Vann tapped for Diocese of Orange

And besides taking over a diocese, he will be taking over a high-profile project: transforming the Crystal Cathedral into the Christ Cathedral. Details over at Whispers in the Loggia.  You can also find a brief write-up at the AP.   [Read more...]

“Top 50 Catholic High Schools” includes one from Queens — UPDATED

In fact, this building is where I studied for the diaconate —for five years, it was my home away from home. Congratulations, to Cathedral Preparatory Seminary in Elmhurst, Queens. (Not insignificantly, it also is the last prep seminary of its kind in America.) From the Cardinal Newman Society:  Today, September 20, 2012, the winners of [Read More...]

“Les Miz”: an extended first look

Those who have been waiting for more glimpses of this epic musical — following the sensational trailer released this summer—your wait is over. The producers have just released a mini-documentary/promotional video that focuses on the groundbreaking technique they used for recording the music: actually performing the songs live, with piano accompaniment, rather than lip-syncing. Prepare [Read More...]

Leave the gun, take the cannoli

At last, something to go with my Candy Corn Oreos. There’s a four letter word for this. Bliss.   [Read more...]

Big questions, interesting answers

A few years ago, I gave a Thanksgiving Day homily in which I quoted the Unitarian minister Peter Fleck.  He suggested that perhaps the pilgrims weren’t thankful because they survived; maybe they survived because they were thankful.  As I noted: Gratitude doesn’t always come easily. We all know that generosity – the giving of a [Read More...]

Pope to new bishops: Vatican II was a new Pentecost, launching the New Evangelization

One of the new bishops meeting the Holy Father today happens to be my new pastor (I hope he brings me  back a tee shirt…) Details: “Every believer is called to the challenge of the new evangelization” Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday morning, and bishops must “boldly invite the people from every walk of life [Read More...]

Accused monsignor sues Archdiocese of New York for libel

Details from the AP: A defrocked Roman Catholic monsignor who once led fundraising for the Archdiocese of New York has sued the church for libel. Charles Kavanagh’s lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. Kavanagh accuses the archdiocese of libeling him by saying he had sexually abused a teenage student in the 1980s [Read More...]

Look very closely …

…and notice how one piece of art can give two different impressions, depending on your point of view.  All it takes is a mirror and some imagination.  Read more here.    And you begin to understand that, in every sense: seeing is believing! [Read more...]

A love story in 22 pictures

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what we have here is epic.  It’s the story of Taylor Morris, a Navy EOD from Cedar Falls, Iowa and his girlfriend Danielle. Check out this link for the photographs.  (Note: be sure to have a Kleenex nearby.)  And then, for the full story, visit Tim Dodd [Read More...]


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