The best Catholic? A former Protestant

Mark M. Gray from CARA has some fascinating insight into which Catholics are most involved in church life—and it turns out, it’s the converts: Do you want to know the best way to ensure your child grows up to be a faithful, knowledgeable, and active Catholic? It’s simple: 1) Raise them as a Protestant AND 2) Only [Read More...]

Davenport to get its first married priest

He will be ordained a deacon on Tuesday, and become a priest in June. From The Quad-City Times in Iowa: The 29-year marriage of Chris and Jody Young will continue, even after he is ordained as a priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport this summer. “I get to keep my wife, and I [Read More...]

Boom: this Easter, Archdiocese of Washington to bring in largest group of new Catholics ever

Great news: Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, addressed those gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion today that they came together to bear witness to “the desire of so many here to complete their journey that brings them into [Read More...]

Megachurch pastor stuns congregation by announcing he’s converting to Catholicism

Details:  During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism. Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. News reports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal congregation was “partially stunned” after hearing what was packaged as a “special announcement.” The theme was “follow the [Read More...]

New priest in Florida celebrates first Mass on his wedding anniversary

From Florida comes the story of Miami’s first priest for the Anglican ordinariate:  It’s a claim very few newly-ordained Catholic priests can make: They celebrated their first Mass on their wedding anniversary. But that is just what Father Pedro Toledo did Feb. 16 at St. Louis Church in Pinecrest, celebrating his first Mass on his 34th wedding [Read More...]

In Canada, former Anglican takes “leap of faith” in ordination as Catholic deacon

From The B.C. Catholic in Vancouver: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began with a joyous occasion for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. In the presence of 100 parishioners and his fellow converts to Catholicism, Michael Shier was ordained a deacon Jan. 18. Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, celebrated the ordination Mass at Holy Rosary [Read More...]

Ian Paisley called Tony Blair “a fool” for converting to Catholicism

Details:  Mr Blair announced in 2007 that he was leaving the Anglican Church to become a Catholic. His wife and children were already Catholic and there had been speculation that he would convert after leaving office that year. In tonight’s BBC interview, Mr Paisley recalls how Mr Blair told him of his plans shortly before he converted. [Read More...]

Knock, knock: parish launches ambitious door-to-door missionary program

Photo: Zac Boesch/St. Louis Review From The St. Louis Review:  From inside a dark home, through a cracked door, a faceless voice tells Jim G’Sell, “Go away. I’m pagan.” G’Sell walked away and said “Hey, we need to pray for her, ‘Lord, she’s suffering because she doesn’t know You and maybe next time we knock [Read More...]

A first: monastery for the Anglican ordinariate to be founded on January 1

Details from the Catholic Herald in the U.K.:  The first monastery of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will be founded on New Year’s Day, it was announced today. On January 1 2014 the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary will formally become the first autonomous monastery within the Personal Ordinariate of Our [Read More...]

Savannah ordains first former Anglican priest, a grandfather of 17

Father Lucien Lindsey gives his blessing to his wife, Jeanne. (Photo: Michael J. Johnson, editor Southern Cross) Details from the Savannah Morning News:  In a first for the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer ordained an Anglican priest to the Catholic priesthood Wednesday. The Rev. Lucien Lindsey was ordained a Catholic priest at [Read More...]