Scenes from an ordination

What a day. The Diocese of Brooklyn ordained 13 men to the priesthood today in a ceremony that stretched nearly three hours. The setting—the newly-consecrated Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph—was packed; the place seats about 1400 and there were a lot of standees in the back. It was a glorious liturgy, though. Below, some highlights. I [Read More...]

A great day for Brooklyn

Today, we welcome 13 new priests for the diocese, the largest ordination class in the United States. One of the men being ordained is my friend Jeremy Canna.  I look forward to serving at his Mass of Thanksgiving tonight, and receiving one of his first priestly blessings before I proclaim the gospel. A guy I’ve thought [Read More...]

In the email: “Do children no longer have to be baptized with saints’ names?”

A reader writes:  In our parish, the two youth ministers are Heather and Austin. Last Sunday Father baptized a Tiffany,a Madison, and a Greysen. I remember when my children were being baptized in the ’80′s Father made a point of saying that the names were “approved” as they were saint’s names. And I remember a [Read More...]

A deacon and his wife offer “Hands of Hope” in Arizona

A great story of diaconal service and charity, from The Catholic Sun:  You’ve seen them: weathered faces lined with care, holding their cardboard signs by the side of the road, begging for help. You’re waiting for the light to turn green and try to avoid their stare. What to do? Deacon Gene Messer and his [Read More...]

Vatican orders archbishop laicized

Details:  The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered the laicization of an archbishop-ambassador accused of paying for sex with minors. Józef Wesołowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, will have two months to prepare an appeal to the ruling, which was announced in a brief statement from the Vatican on Friday. The [Read More...]

Report: Meriam Ibrahim’s husband says she is safe at US embassy

From The Guardian:  The husband of a Sudanese Christian woman facing threats after her apostasy death sentence was overturned has expressed relief that the family has been given refuge at the US embassy in Khartoum. “Really, it’s good,” Daniel Wani, the American husband of Meriam Ibrahim, told Agence France-Presse by telephone on Friday, adding that [Read More...]

Hillary Clinton’s faith

TIME magazine is publishing a book about Hillary Clinton, and it includes a lengthy section about her Methodist upbringing, the role of prayer in her life, and a surprising Catholic connection. Snip: At times, she would let the public catch a glimpse of this inner faith. When George H.W. Bush called Bill on election night [Read More...]

“The Lord is with me”: The trials of Deacon Francisco Hernández

From the In My Backyard Desk, a story of a vocation that has been tested, and tested, and tested. Meet Brooklyn’s newest permanent deacon. From The Brooklyn Tablet:  Fully aware that being a disciple of Christ means embracing the cross, Francisco Hernández stood before Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros and bound himself to Church service as [Read More...]

When the parish administrator is a deacon

Photo: Lisa Johnston An interesting glimpse into another aspect of the vocation, from the St. Louis Review:  Deacon [Allen] Boedeker came to St. Andrew Parish in 2001, assisting Father Joseph Weber, who later was named pastor of St. Justin Martyr Parish in Sunset Hills. Deacon Boedeker’s wife, Mary, began work as religious education director at [Read More...]

SCOTUS strikes down certain “buffer zones” around abortion clinics

Big news:  In a ruling that may rekindle legal challenges in California, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday found that a Massachusetts buffer zone around abortion clinics to keep protesters from patients violates the First Amendment. The high court justices unanimously concluded that a 35-foot zone around clinics that provide abortion services prevents protesters from [Read More...]