Is this a thing now? Churches being transformed into bookstores?

Someone sent me this blog post from a few years ago, showing the startling transformation of a Dominican church in Holland that was converted to a bookstore—complete with a coffee bar where the altar once stood: Details: We’ve seen some breathtaking libraries in the past and this bookstore is no exception when it comes to [Read More...]

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This week’s ear worm: “Lead Me, Lord…”

This one is so deeply ingrained into my brain, I was even singing it this morning in the shower. This contemporary hymn by John Becker was the recessional at the three Masses I served and preached at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania this weekend. (You can hear a good rendition here). I [Read More...]

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Renovation of university chapel for Muslims prompts backlash

From The Wichita Eagle:  Muslims at Wichita State University wanted a better place to pray. In May, workers renovated the campus chapel and removed the tiny altar and pews. WSU administrators thought the change had resolved the problem by giving Muslim students a place to kneel on the floor and pray. Christian students could use [Read More...]

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A found treasure: Davenport’s Sacred Heart Cathedral

I spent this weekend in western Illinois, preaching at a parish about CNEWA (more on that later), but my colleague Chris Kennedy and I had some time to kill Saturday, so we headed to nearby Iowa to see the sites. We didn’t to look far to find them. Bernie Sanders supporters were everywhere. Following every steeple [Read More...]

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A first: new Catholic parish in California to be named for Blessed Oscar Romero

Big news this week out of the Diocese of San Bernardino:  Bishop [Gerald R.] Barnes announced to the priests at the convocation Friday that he has established Blessed Oscar Romero Parish in Eastvale and has appointed Fr. Pat Kirsch as the first pastor of the Parish. Oscar Romero, of course, was beatified just this year. [Read More...]

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Three years and $177 million later…behold the new St. Patrick’s

Photo: Archdiocese of New York From The New York Daily News:  There’s nothing like a papal visit to strike the fear of God into a slow-moving construction crew. Jeffrey Murphy, who headed the heavenly makeover of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, admitted Wednesday they picked up the pace of the three-year remodeling project after they got wind that [Read More...]

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Visiting an Anglican Ordinariate parish: “You know that you are in a different place, a place set aside for holy use”

I’d be curious to experience this liturgy sometime. It sounds like something I’d like. Here Devin Rose describes his first experience visiting Our Lady of Walsingham in Texas:   The parish is beautiful. It is like an acre of England has been cut out and dropped in Houston. The church itself looks like a classic Anglican (originally Catholic!) [Read More...]

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A look at the chapels of Christ Cathedral

Bishop Vann in Orange County recently reflected on some of the work being done on the former Crystal Cathedral, as it is transformed into a Catholic worship center—and his newspaper has a number of pictures of newly dedicated chapels on the campus:  Right before our eyes is living history as chapels of prayer and worship, thanks [Read More...]

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Farewell, my lovely: a New York church prepares to close

I received this message two days ago, from a New York City parish just a few blocks from my office that is slated to close. I was impressed by the fervor and prayerfulness surrounding events the people in the pews are planning for their church. I think it speaks to the sense of dedication and devotion people have [Read More...]

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A continent loses its only Catholic priest

From Christian Today:  The romantically-named Chapel of the Snows in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, has provided services and chaplaincy for research staff for more than 50 years. Now, though, staff cutbacks and declining attendance at services mean that Roman Catholics will no longer be part of it. Radio New Zealand has reported that there is no [Read More...]

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