Former rector of nation’s largest Episcopal church becomes Catholic

From Religion News Service:  The Rev. Larry Gipson was dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham from 1982-94 and rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, where his parishioners included former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, from 1994-2008. Last month, Gipson was accepted as a Catholic into the [Read More...]

An atheist writes about Leah’s baptism

What does someone who’s never been to a church, and who doesn’t believe in God, make of it all? A friend of Shiny New Catholic Leah Libresco attended his first Mass, which also happened to be Leah’s baptism, and shares his impressions:  Today I had the great pleasure of getting to meet Leah Libresco of Unequally [Read More...]

Freed Iranian pastor writes letter of thanks to those who prayed for him

The Christian Post has details: Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was released Sept. 8 after three years imprisonment, issued a letter shortly after his new-found freedom, thanking his supporters and God for helping him through his difficult journey. Nadarkhani begins his Sept. 8 “thank you” letter, made available by persecution watchdog Present Truth Ministries, by [Read More...]

A Mormon’s journey to Catholicism

A compelling read, from First Things:  Early in the evening of May 28, 2010, I am attending Mass in the majestic Basilica di Sant’Apollinare next to the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome. From Utah I have come as a scholar to deliver a paper at an international conference on the work of the [Read More...]

Episcopal priest will convert, but without his wife

Details: A longtime North Shore clergyman is in line to become one of the first Episcopal priests in the country to be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. The Rev. Jurgen Liias, who led Christ Church in Hamilton for 14 years before forming a breakaway Episcopal church in Danvers, has applied to the Vatican to [Read More...]

33 years later, man receives forgiveness for shooting police officer and is received into the Catholic Church

A stunning story of forgiveness in Ohio.  (H/T New Advent.): Ron McClary, debilitated by multiple sclerosis, lay on a stretcher yesterday at Holy Family church and tried to speak as the widow of the Columbus police officer he shot in 1979 placed her hand on his arm. As he struggled, she stopped him. “I forgive [Read More...]

Tony Blair talks about his faith, says he favors gay marriage: “I’m not a doctrinal ideologue”

He gave an interview recently to Charles Moore of the Telegraph.  An excerpt:  Tony Blair is vigorous proof of life after political death. He is back in London, looking well, smartly dressed in the combination of blue suit and brown shoes that, traditionally, is the mark of being not quite a gentleman. “I’ve put my [Read More...]

The drug dealer who became a monk

A remarkable vocation story from Vancouver, British Columbia: After years of a life of hedonism and drug addiction, he returned to the faith and for about a dozen years now he has been serving as a hieromonk (pastor-monk) in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Father Taras (Terry) Kraychuk, who currently lives the monastic life in the [Read More...]

Historic father and son ordination: “A great moment in the history of our faith”

It’s believed to be the first time in the U.S. that a father and son have been ordained at the same Mass. Details: “Charles Albert Hough the III.” Bishop Kevin Vann’s historic words rang out at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller as he called first the father… and then the son. “Charles [Read More...]

WTF: Why the fuss?

My blog neighbor The Anchoress looks at all the fuss kicked up about Leah Libresco and draws some compelling conclusions: Why so much coverage on Leah? Perhaps the answer is this: Leah’s conversion goes against all of the prevailing narratives that dominate secularist thinking. Religion — or at least religion that goes beyond affirming oneself and actually [Read More...]


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