A bishop and a dog who’s really paper-trained

Gotta love this.  After spotlighting a story about a priest and his dog, I found the charming video below, starring the St. Louis Review and Maggie, the pooch belonging to Archbishop Robert Carlson. H/T to Jim Lackey at CNS. Woof! [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“The interest of society in the enforcement of employment discrimination statutes is undoubtedly important.  But so too is the interest of religious groups in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith and carry out their mission.” – Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts He was writing about a unanimous court ruling today on [Read More...]

“Dear Hiring Manager…”

Are you an unemployed over-achiever?  Looking to get a good job with a humanitarian organization?  No problem!  Just cut and paste the cover letter below, and you’ll be on your way: Dear Hiring Manager for [insert International Humanitarian Organization], I would like to apply for the position of [insert vague sounding job title that has [Read More...]

Google pays tribute to a blessed priest and scientist

That would be Bishop Nicolas Steno.  Google’s description of him: Google revealed its latest homescreen Google Doodle today, this time commemorating the birth of Nicolas Steno, a 17th century researcher and bishop who straddled the worlds of science and religion. Born on this day, all the way back in 1683, Steno studied medicine at the University of [Read More...]

Out of Antarctica: “We never know where the Divine plan will take us…”

Remember Msgr. Steve Rossetti, who spent Christmas snowed in at the bottom of the world? He posted an update a few days ago, after he was finally able to leave: I am grateful for the enthusiasm which many communicated to me about my Antarctic journey. One couple told their young child that I was at [Read More...]

When holy obedience saved a priest’s life

It happened, incredibly, when he followed his superior’s order to get off the Titanic. The story of Jesuit Fr. Frank Browne: When Derry priest Fr. Eddie O’Donnell stumbled across over 40,000 negatives belonging to the late Fr. Frank Browne he would not have been able to envisage the significance of what he had just discovered. [Read More...]

Meet Jake, the Rectory Dog!

A reader in Vermont sent this my way: the story of a priest’s best friend, who happens to have four legs:       The Rev. Charles Ranges and Jake, a small, 8 -year-old black and white papillon, have been a staple around Essex Junction for nearly four years. The two live together in Holy Family [Read More...]

Deacons who serve on the fly

Some are doing it at airports, and St. Louis Today recently looked at a thriving ministry at the local international airport: The young soldier was sitting by herself in the airport terminal sobbing. George Miller, a deacon at the chapel at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, said he walked over, introduced himself and stayed with her [Read More...]

Best. Fingerpainting. Ever.

He’s  Fabian Gaete Maureira, from Santiago, Chile.  He’s actually got his own blog, with links to other videos.  But you have to see this to believe it. [Read more...]

A priest in Nigeria: “I could have been among the victims…”

A deacon from Canada sent this story my way, with the following note: In our parish (St. Martin de Porres, Toronto) we have been and continue blessed to have a number of priests from overseas help us out with Masses. One of the most loved of these men is Fr. Emmanuel Mbam, who hails from [Read More...]