Deacon, quadriplegic, inspiration: the remarkable ministry of Frank Bice

What an amazing story. Meet Deacon Frank Bice, from the Diocese of Rockville Centre, a former seminarian who suffered a debilitating football injury in college but has turned it into an opportunity to minister to people around the world, via the web. Newsday profiles him (subscription required), and notes: “I’m really incredibly lucky,” said Bice, [Read More...]

From the e-mail bag: what about single people?

Someone took issue with my homily for World Marriage Day, and noted in the comments: *bitterness alert* All well and good, Deacon, but when will the Church celebrate World Single Day? Makes me not want to go to Mass tomorrow ’cause I’ll have to hear about the vocation to marriage – fun times – *eyeroll* [Read More...]

The Beatitudes in Cairo

Deacon Eric Stoltz, who has created one of the most readable and compelling parish websites anywhere at Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills, is using that site as powerful teaching tool this week. He’s paired news images from Cairo with the Beatitudes that we heard in mass last Sunday. Below: “Blessed are they [Read More...]

A wise man arrives from the East!

It’s another deacon blogger.  Welcome! He’s Protodeacon David Kennedy, whose online biography notes: I serve in the parish of St. Elias, Brampton, Ontario [Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto]. I was ordained deacon in 1978 and raised to the protodiaconate in 1982. I studied at the University of Toronto, BA [philosophy and religious studies] 1975; the [Read More...]

Top 200 Catholic blogs

Someone (okay: Eric Sammons) decided to check blog readership via their Google subscription, and came up with some interesting findings. In the Top 200: #1 – What Does the Prayer Really Say? #2 – Whispers in the Loggia #75 – Archdiocese of Washington (featuring Msgr. Charles Pope) #132 – A Concord Pastor Comments #140 – [Read More...]

The pope on new media: believe what you tweet!

Faithbook, anyone? “To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preferences and judgements that are fully consistent with the Gospel, even when it is not spoken [Read More...]

Ever have one of those days?

Be thankful you aren’t this guy: I know we all feel like that sometimes. Today is the feast of St. Sebastian (shown above).   Patrick McNamara has some interesting notes about the parish named for him in Queens — right at the geographical center of New York City.   The pastor, Msgr. Michael Hardiman, even has his [Read More...]

A new online magazine tracks news of the Ordinariate

And the first big news is the ordination of three former Anglican bishops today as deacons. Details: Today, former Anglican Bishops Andrew Burnham, John Broadhurst and Keith Newton became Catholic deacons, and on Saturday they will be ordained Catholic priests. The first “personal ordinariate” is being born, though its official birth awaits a decree from [Read More...]

I'm back!

Miss me? Yeah, I didn’t think so. I spent the last two days in Washington for a meeting of the USCCB’s Communications Committee (where I serve as a consultant).  I managed to arrive before the big fat snowstorm that walloped the Northeast (and that, incredibly, left barely an inch of snow in Washington.) Blogging will [Read More...]

Happy New Year from "The Bench"

And so, a new year dawns! Happy 2011! The year is young — anything is possible! Here’s praying that you and yours enjoy only the best of blessings in the year ahead. God bless, Deacon Greg [Read more...]