What about the families of former Anglican priests?

A few months back, I posted an item about one Anglican clergyman’s leap of faith, and questions surrounding how he would support his family once he became a Catholic priest. This morning, National Catholic Register has more about him, and others like him: When Father Ian Hellyer, a Catholic priest in England, figures his personal [Read More...]

Married priest: "A celibate priest can give so much more"

That comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were — from a former Anglican in the UK who is now a Catholic priest. From the BBC: A married Roman Catholic priest from Burnley has said he believes the church is correct to prefer single celibate clergy in their parishes. Father Paul Blackburn is the [Read More...]

"I surrender all to thee"

How about this for a love story: the saga of Athea-Anne Lee Jendel, who fell in love with Catholicism and with the man who would become her fiance. The Arlington Catholic Herald describes her remarkable journey from religion to religion, until something just clicked: In the fall of 2008, Jendel had an experience that, while [Read More...]

Faith behind bars: the artistic legacy of a prisoner with a paintbrush

An unusual piece of prison history — and American Catholic art — is undergoing restoration. Details, from the New York Times: In 1955 a remorseful prisoner at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia started expressing his newfound Roman Catholic faith on the jailhouse walls. The inmate, Lester Smith, had been convicted of a string of armed [Read More...]

"They were excited to become one with the Church"

That’s one man’s reflection on a recent experience of Anglican liturgy, involving Evensong and Benediction for Corpus Christi. Details: There have always been Anglicans “on the journey” to the Catholic Church and many have come into full communion over the years. With the exception of a handful of parishes that entered through the Pastoral Provision, [Read More...]

From Anglican bishop to Catholic layman

A controversial Anglican from Australia is now a happy Catholic: A former bishop who resigned from the Anglican church under a cloud has become a Catholic. Ross Davies resigned as bishop of the Murray last September, just before a church tribunal found he had failed to deal appropriately with sexual misconduct allegations against an archdeacon. [Read More...]

Here come more Anglicans: up to 100 priests + 2,000 laypeople in U.S.

More news from the USCCB confab in Washington state: As many as 100 U.S. Anglican priests and 2,000 laypeople could be the first members of a U.S. personal ordinariate for former Anglicans who want to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington reported to his fellow bishops June [Read More...]

A pagan converts after asking, "What if it were all true?"

Here name is Christie, described as a convert from New Age philosophy and Neopaganism. Read her account of what led her to the Catholic Church, and marvel anew at the ways God works: I was an arrogant fool sitting in on my very first Mass and watching it like I’d watch a National Geographic nature [Read More...]

Big news in Washington: "We are ordinariate bound!"

That’s the happy headline from the website for St. Luke’s Episcopal Parish in Bladensburg, Maryland (not far from where I grew up, actually). The website notes: It is with great joy St. Luke’s announces its intention to join the Personal Ordinariate of the Roman Catholic Church. We have been discerning the leading of the Holy [Read More...]

Divine Providence: in Rhode Island, Catholics are coming home

An evangelization effort seems to be paying off, according to the Providence Journal: Mass counts released Thursday by the diocese show that while Mass attendance among Rhode Island’s Catholics grew by a mere 1.9 percent between October 2009 and October 2010, that reversed a decline that had been observed over a number of years, as [Read More...]


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