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...]

A word about comments

To those who are new to these parts (and that would include me!), if you register at Patheos, your comment will appear immediately and will not have to wait to be approved by Your Humble Blogger. And the ground rules that were in place back at Beliefnet still hold. You might want to check them [Read More...]

My saint

Over at The Anchoress, Elizabeth Scalia is inviting folks to try a nifty “saint-generator” — a kind of digital religious roulette that picks for you, evidently a random, a patron saint. So who did I get?  Joyful St. Francis?  Funny Philip Neri?  Nah. I got this guy: He’s Blessed Anton Martin Slomsek (with a curious [Read More...]

Merry Christmas from "The Bench"

The hard-working staff of The Bench will be taking a few days off for the Christmas holiday, so posting will be light. Meantime, a blessed and happy Christmas to one and all! [Read more...]

"Chradvent," anyone?

Back on the first Sunday of Advent, I preached about the tendency to mush together Advent and Christmas into one unhealthy season — and I encouraged people to make Advent matter.    Well, it turns out the Bishop of Salt Lake City had some very similar ideas, and issued his first pastoral letter at the [Read More...]

And the blog-warming party continues

Welcome to “The Deacon’s Bench”! If you’re stopping by for the first time, don’t be shy! Yesterday, we discovered a clever virtual Christmas, checked out what the Magi are up to, met a homeless man with 4500 Facebook friends, and witnessed one of the most bizarre holiday videos, ever.  And we’re just getting started. If [Read More...]

How would the Nativity be handled today?

Why, digitally, of course.  Here’s an inspired look at how it might unfold. Merry Digital Christmas! [Read more...]

The man with 4,500 Facebook friends — and no place to live

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more compelling lead than this, from the Washington Post: Eric Sheptock has 4,548 Facebook friends, 839 Twitter followers, two blogs and an e-mail account with 1,600 unread messages. What he doesn’t have is a place to live. And the surprises don’t stop there: “I am a homeless homeless advocate,” [Read More...]

Welcome to "The Deacon's Bench"!

If you’ve wandered over here from Beliefnet or Facebook, looking for Deacon Greg’s joint, you’re in the right place! Pull up a chair, grab a mug and make yourself at home. Feel free to look around.  You’ll find national news and deacon news, along with homilies and the occasional curiosity.  It’s my hope that you’ll [Read More...]