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…]

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Gangnam nuns?!

From the jolly Brandon Vogt.   A sure sign that this phenomenon’s 15 minutes are up: it’s now being done by nuns. [Read more…]

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Study: evangelicals becoming more devout, Catholics less

Details: Evangelical Protestants have become more devoted to their religious beliefs over the last three decades, even as Catholics have become less attached to their faith, new research finds. The denominational differences come even as religious affiliations have decreased overall in America, with the number of people who claim no religious affiliation at all doubling [Read More…]

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“You can’t be a Democrat and go to heaven”

Really? That statement, scrawled by a teacher on a classroom whiteboard, is the center of a small firestorm in Kentucky. Details: South Laurel County High School teacher Kendra Baker is drawing complaints from parents and students after she wrote, “You can’t be a democrat and go to heaven.” Superintendent Doug Bennett told the Sentinel-Echo that [Read More…]

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Video: my parish centennial

For the really curious, or really bored, here’s something nifty: a short video report from NET on my parish centennial from last Sunday, featuring a couple highlights of the Mass, along with interviews with Bishop DiMarzio and my new pastor, Bishop Sanchez. (Look closely and you may catch a fleeting glimpse of Your Humble Blogger.) [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 40 new deacons for Little Rock

I first posted on this historically large class a couple weeks back.  Now, Arkansas Catholic’s Facebook page has posted the first post-ordination picture, below. Congratulations and welcome!  Ad multos annos! [Read more…]

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Homily for November 25, 2012: Solemnity of Christ the King

[Click here for readings.] This Sunday, on the Solemnity of Christ the King, I was preparing to preach about how royalty is really alien to us Americans, how the concept of a King is something foreign to our sensibilities. But an experience Friday proved me wrong. I made the mistake of going to the mall [Read More…]

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Unique “blended parish” told to separate

Details, from the Virginian-Pilot: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond has told the nation’s only blended Catholic and Episcopal parish it must change its worship services so Catholics and non-Catholics meet in separate rooms for Holy Communion. The parish, Church of the Holy Apostles, is led by Catholic and Episcopal co-pastors and has worshipped together [Read More…]

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“We are going to see the king…”

Soon and very soon.  Like tomorrow, in fact. As a little warmup to tomorrow’s feast, here’s an award-winning gospel choir doing a rockin’ version of a favorite hymn for this feast: “Soon and Very Soon (We Are Going to See the King)”.  Can I hear an “Amen”? [Read more…]

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A deacon who preached his wife’s words

Bob Keeler in Long Island’s Newsday writes about an unusual deacon-and-wife combo: There is the average ghostwriter, and then there is Patty Buchenberger. Call her the Holy Ghost Writer. For two decades, from her husband Tom’s 1981 ordination as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church until vocal cord cancer put an end to his [Read More…]

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