USCCB approves renewal of National Directory on Permanent Deacons

This news release just went out:  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), meeting for their June 11-13 Spring General Assembly, approved action items relating to the permanent diaconate, the bishops’ religious liberty efforts and their quadrennial statement on Catholic political responsibility. The bishops voted to permit the USCCB Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and [Read More...]

How come Pope Francis doesn’t talk about deacons?

Good question. I got an e-mail today from a deacon friend on the West Coast: Hey, are you aware if Pope Francis has ever mentioned deacons in any way?  I haven’t seen anything with a mention of deacons and I’m curious about your thoughts here… A few people have written to me about that, usually [Read More...]

Bishop: “Our deacons are a blessing to our diocese…”

From Today’s Catholic News in the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend: With over 100 family, friends and faithful in attendance, the deacons of the Diocese of Fort Wayne- South Bend were honored with an anniversary Mass at St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend on Saturday, Aug. 10. It was no coincidence that the Mass was [Read More...]

Bishop converts: Tobin becomes Republican

Details:  Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence Thomas Tobin revealed Tuesday night that he recently became a registered Republican, but he also emphasized that the church and its mission shouldn’t be viewed through a narrowly partisan lens. “The a-ha moment for me was the 2012 Democratic National Convention. It was just awful,” Tobin, 65, told the Rhody Young Republicans during [Read More...]

Bishop Lynch: “I am convinced that many so called Pro-Life groups are not really pro-life but merely anti-abortion”

Remarkable to read words like this coming from a Catholic bishop in the United States. Here’s Bishop Robert Lynch, from St. Petersburg: I am convinced that many so called Pro-Life groups are not really pro-life but merely anti-abortion. We heard nothing from the heavy hitters in the prolife movement in the last week when Florida last [Read More...]

How an Italian boy from Brooklyn became bishop of Bridgeport

Photo: Gregory Shemitz A great profile of a great priest, from Greenwich Time:  For a man just appointed by Pope Francis to be bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, which covers all of Fairfield County, [Bishop Frank] Caggiano has rather humble roots. He was born on Easter Sunday 1959, into an Italian family so new [Read More...]

Bridgeport welcomes a bishop with close ties to deacons and deacon formation

The Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut has posted an extended biography of its new bishop, Frank Caggiano.  Worth noting:  Bishop Caggiano was assigned as parochial vicar in the Shrine Church of Saint Jude in Canarsie in June, 1996. He was also appointed the Dean of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate Program and the Censor Librorum of [Read More...]

It’s official: Brooklyn’s Caggiano to Bridgeport—UPDATED

What had been rumored for months is now fact: [01138-01.01] APPOINTMENT OF THE BISHOP OF BRIDGEPORT (USA) The Holy Father appointed Bishop of Bridgeport (USA) Bishop Frank Joseph Caggiano, until now titular Bishop of Inis Cathaig and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn (USA).  Bishop Frank Joseph Caggiano Bishop Frank Joseph Caggiano was born [Read More...]

Head of German bishops’ conference says the idea of women deacons “no longer taboo”

From a German news website: Germany’s top Roman Catholic has called for women to be allowed to become deacons, which would enable them to perform baptisms and marriages outside of mass – a novelty for Catholic women. Archbishop of Freiburg Robert Zollitsch, who chairs the German Bishops’ Conference, called for the change at the end [Read More...]

Bishop Farrell: “Our deacons are a great gift to the church…”

Bishop Kevin Farrell, of the Diocese of Dallas, looks forward to some upcoming ordinations: It will give me great pleasure to ordain 27 candidates to the Order of Deacon at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the first two Saturdays of February. Fourteen of the men will receive the Sacrament of Orders [Read More...]


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