Saluting a Florida deacon from Trinidad—and Brooklyn

I had the good fortune of meeting Deacon Lionel Roberts when I visited his parish and gave a mission there last winter. I was thrilled to learn he had originally been ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn—and, even better, he was in the same class as my pastor’s father, Deacon Larry Sanchez. Now he’s getting more [Read More...]

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Catholic deacon presiding at a lesbian wedding in Mississippi?

This popped up in my newsfeed this morning: part of a profile of writer, stand-up comic and cancer survivor Tig Notaro—who, not insignificantly, happens to be gay. She’s also about to get married to her longtime girlfriend, Stephanie: When Stephanie comes up, Tig’s face softens and she can’t help but smile. “We’re inseparable,” she says. [Read More...]

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Adios, Santa Cruz!

Thanks to all the Monterey deacons and their wives, who made this boy from Brooklyn feel like a West Coaster! The hospitality and spiritual welcome were both generous and warm. But a special thank you goes to Triple D: Deacon Doctor Ditewig, for inviting me to spend time with this great group.  The diaconate is [Read More...]

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Santa Cruz: surfers, sailboats, serenity, silence

Another blissful day here in sunny Santa Cruz. We had plenty of down time today for prayer or walking the shore. Some of the people on retreat reported seeing dolphins and whales this morning. I just saw surfers and sailboats. As everyone knows, the most important part of any retreat is the food. Meals here [Read More...]

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Visiting Santa Cruz

Soon after I landed in San Francisco on Friday—in the city named for the saint of peace—I felt I was in the right place. Who should I see waiting for someone at the gate, but these gals? Deacon Bill Ditewig and his lovely wife Diann met me outside my baggage claim area, and we were [Read More...]

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On St. Lawrence, deacon: “He loved Christ in his life, he imitated him in his death”

August 10 marks the feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr.  From a homily by St. Augustine:  The Roman Church commends this day to us as the blessed Lawrence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him; spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him; and [Read More...]

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Meet the Maryland deacon building the pope’s altar

View image | gettyimages.com From The Washington Post:  David Cahoon does what Jesus did, and Jesus’ earthly father before Him. He’s a carpenter, and like the Christian figure whose life he has sought to emulate, Cahoon embraces the task of transforming mundane pieces of wood into works of religious glory. His latest project calls for [Read More...]

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A deacon who’s the wheel deal

I have to say, I admire any man who could get away with appearing in public dressed like this: The fact that he’s a deacon and is about to embark on a marathon cycling trip makes him downright heroic. From The Catholic Post in Peoria: Deacon Matthew Levy will spend his vacation in France this year, [Read More...]

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The veterinarian, husband and father who became a priest

Some may remember when I posted on Frederick Richard Lesser, a widower who was ordained a deacon earlier this year. In June, Deacon Lesser became Father Lesser: Frederick Richard (Rick) Lesser, the widowed father of three grown children, was ordained today [June 20] as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. The ceremony [Read More...]

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“Be a deacon, a good and faithful servant”

Boston’s Cardinal Seán O’Malley recently ordained a man to the diaconate, as he continues a particularly long journey to the priesthood. He offered some important thoughts on the diaconate:  Tom Olson reached a milestone in his 11-year journey toward the priesthood, July 25, when Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley ordained the 35-year-old to the diaconate for [Read More...]

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