Off the farm and into the convent: “This feels natural. I like it here.”

An uplifting vocation story from Kansas: Last year at this time, 22-year-old Annie Stuhlsatz and the older siblings in her family were planning to dye Easter eggs and hide them in baskets of grass and green wheat gathered from the fields around their small farm in the shadow of St. Mary Aleppo Church. On Easter [Read More...]

My church, Palm Sunday

I’m the one in the pulpit. This was taken from the choir loft.  Thank you, Regina! [Read more...]

One man’s letter to friends: “I have decided that I will be leaving the seminary…”

A friend posted the note below on his Facebook page four days ago.  With his permission, I reprint it here in its entirety, minus his name.  I found it moving, brave and more than a little bit wise.  Please keep this young man, and so many like him, in your prayers.  Dcn. G. +++ Dear [Read More...]

“Hosanna, Hey-sanna…”

If you haven’t gotten enough “Hosannas” today, here are a couple more. The top clip is from the 1973 movie version of “Jesus Christ, Superstar.”  The second clip is from the 2000 stage revival, which was later adapted for video. The two make for an interesting comparison — different “Superstars” for different generations and different [Read More...]

For Holy Week: comments closed

We’re entering one of the Christian calendar’s holiest times — and one of the busiest.  Beginning Thursday, I’ll be involved in nine liturgies over four days. I’m going to turn off comments for the week.  Blogging will be lighter, too. I think a little quiet will do us all good. Meantime, if you’re wondering why [Read More...]

Needed in Latin America: deacons

That’s the conclusion of Fr. Peter J. Daly, writing in the Brooklyn Tablet: The Catholic Church in the various parts of the Americas has much that we could learn from one another. U.S. parishes could learn about joyful and enthusiastic celebration from Latino countries. The Latino Catholic community could learn about the ministry of permanent [Read More...]

A pastor’s letter on IVF

This merits attention not only for the subject matter, but the way in which a pastor has used this opportunity for a teachable moment. (H/T to Matt Abbott at Renew America.) Below is the letter from Fr. Thomas Milota, of Saints Peter and Paul Parish in Naperville, IL, asking parishioners to oppose the construction of a [Read More...]

Catholic school to name center after Bill and Camille Cosby

Details: A historic Baltimore Catholic school will name its community center in honor of Bill and Camille Cosby, the biggest donors in the school’s 184-year history and fierce champions of education, the school announced Friday. St. Frances Academy, which serves 162 primarily low-income high school students, will host the comedian, his wife and their relatives [Read More...]

Homily for April 1, 2012: Palm Sunday

[Click here for readings.] When I was a kid, this was always a busy week. There was planning for the big meal next Sunday. Would it be ham or lamb? Some years, I’d have a new suit – usually a couple sizes too big, so I could grow into it. My mother would be cleaning [Read More...]

Catholic college withdraws speaking invitation to Kennedy’s widow

Details: A small Catholic college that invited Victoria Reggie Kennedy to speak at its spring commencement has rescinded the offer under pressure from the Worcester bishop, who described her apparent political views as out of line with Catholic teachings. Anna Maria College in Paxton, west of Worcester, released a statement today placing the decision at [Read More...]


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