History: American ordinariate gets its first priest

The announcement: The new U.S. ordinariate for Anglican groups entering the Catholic Church achieved a milestone on May 8, 2012 when Reverend Eric Bergman became its first priest. The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was established by Pope Benedict XVI on January 1 in response to repeated requests by Anglican groups and clergy who [Read More…]

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A Jewish woman’s journey into the Church

You never know how God will work.  The story, from Fargo and the Patch: Susan Finneman can’t remember a time she wasn’t captivated by the Christian faith. Though such a fascination shouldn’t be cause for scandal, in her case, throughout most of her life at least, there was a slight problem: she was Jewish. By [Read More…]

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The divorced Protestant who became one of California’s most popular priests

A California paper recently took a long look at one of the region’s most colorful and popular priests in the Diocese of San Bernardino: When the Rev. Howard Lincoln addresses the 6,000-plus faithful who will attend Masses at Sacred Heart Church this morning, the popular and charismatic Catholic priest will share a message that reflects [Read More…]

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Anglican vicar converts, brings half his flock with him

Details, from a neighborhood in South London: A vicar led half his congregation in converting to Catholicism after complaining that the Church of England is telling believers in traditional values to ‘sod off’. Father Donald Minchew was followed by 70 of his flock when he left the Anglican church where he has led services for [Read More…]

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UPDATE: Atheist helped by Christians becomes a believer

You may remember his story from last week.  Now, as Paul Harvey would say, the rest of the story: A few months ago Patrick Greene was an atheist who was threatening to sue Henderson County, Texas, if the county didn’t remove a Nativity scene from its courthouse lawn. Today he is a believer in Christ [Read More…]

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Raised in Communism, embracing Catholicism this Easter: “It’s a wonderful feeling to openly say who we are”

From the USCCB blog — with a cheerful h/t to Kate Monaghan — comes this inspiring story of a family’s journey into the Church: As youths baptized in Albania while the country was under Communist rule, Lule Prebibaj and her husband Ndoke’s baptisms were literally life-threatening. The Communist regime that took control of the country [Read More…]

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News from the boiler room

Think it’s easy shoveling out all this blog stuff every day?  Ha! My Boss, Elizabeth Scalia (or the Artist Otherwise Known As The Anchoress) is taking a well-deserved blogging break this week.   She’s stepped away from the boiler, and put aside her shovel, and enlisted some able-bodied replacements to continue keeping the engine humming. [Read More…]

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“I want the pope to be proud of us…”

The head of the new Ordinariate, bringing Anglicans into the Catholic Church, spoke recently with CNS, and had a lot of interesting things to say about his new role, and his life.  The married father of three — and former Episcopal bishop — Father Jeffrey N. Steenson will be installed in his new post next [Read More…]

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“People need to be reminded that the church is ready and willing to receive them with open arms…”

The phenomenally successful program Catholics Come Home is touching thousands of lives around the country.  Take, for example, Augusta, GA: There is a poster board in the narthex of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grovetown that says, “We Miss You.” The hope is to draw the eyes of former or inactive Catholics who [Read More…]

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Now, about all those married Catholic priests…

The New York Times takes a closer look at how the new ordinariate will be  impacting one facet of Catholic life in particular, with more married priests: Most Americans, perhaps most American Catholics, do not know that the church allows married priests. But there have always been married priests in the non-Latin rites, like Ukrainian [Read More…]

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