Dancing deacons!

A friend posted this on FB, and it’s worth a look. From 2011: newly ordained transitional deacons in Kenya getting into some liturgical dancing. Dig those dalmatics, too! As the description on YouTube notes: Glenmary’s seminarians Crispine and Aaron were recently ordained transitional deacons. The ceremony took place at Crispine’s home parish in Ulanda, Kenya. [Read More...]

At the end of the date, they’d pray the rosary before he could kiss her good night

From The Hartford Courant comes this lovely story of a deacon and his wife—a saga of faith, conversion and, believe it or not, swinging: John Abdalla walked up to Irene Dauphin, a newcomer at work, and said he would give her a golf lesson at lunch. “The next day we went out at lunch,” to [Read More...]

Camden bishop authorizes deacons to wear the collar

Details:  Bishop Dennis Sullivan, in consultation with the Presbyteral Council and Deacon Council, has instituted a change in the Diocese of Camden’s practice concerning clerical attire for permanent deacons. Effective Aug. 1, clerical attire consisting of a grey clergy shirt with white collar may now be worn by the 136 permanent deacons in the diocese [Read More...]

The diakonia of Mary Magdalene

My friend and brother deacon John Gerke, from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, preached the Mass at NDICE this morning, the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene. The congregation was full of deacons and their wives.  I had a plane to catch and missed the Mass — but John sent me his text. It’s too good not [Read More...]

Understanding annulments

The National Catholic Register offers a helpful primer on annulments this week, beginning with a story about a deacon: Deacon Patrick O’Toole remembered how far away he felt from the Church 17 years ago. He wasn’t a deacon then — his wife had left, divorced him and took his children. He felt broken and angry, [Read More...]

Ordination update: making history in Madison

A reader sent this my way:  Larry Schmitt from Blue River, Wisconsin is shown after his July 20 ordination for the Diocese of Madison with his three formation classmates Mike Schaefer, Dave Belland and John Bourke. Mike, Dave and John will be ordained later this year for the Diocese of La Crosse. Bishop Robert Morlino [Read More...]

Flying to Ohio! Again!

Wasn’t I there just a few weeks ago?  (Yes!)  I’m about to head out the door for LaGuardia, again, so blogging may be light over the next couple days. I’m headed to the lovely campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I’ll be the keynote speaker at the annual gathering of deacons for the [Read More...]

Deacon named chaplain for ministry “bringing Jesus to the oil field”

From The Pittsburgh Catholic:  As the gas and oil industry has brought jobs and environmental controversies to the region, it has also attracted thousands of workers, some uprooted from families far away, many others pulling long stressful shifts near their hometowns. To bring them the Gospel, and help them support each other in following Jesus, [Read More...]

The Catholic Church in the U.S. in 2000 vs. today

An interesting analysis here, with some significant news about deacons: Ordinations to the priesthood and seminarians preparing for this vocation are up. Ordinations have increased by 12% since 2000 and the number of seminarians enrolled has increased by 5%. Yet the strongest growth among the clergy is in the number of permanent deacons who have [Read More...]

“Your vocation is not about you”

Good stuff here:  It is quite traditional and correct to speak of “discerning a vocation” – particularly to consecrated life or the priesthood, though also in regard to marriage, careers, and other major commitments. In modern Western culture, however, the idea of vocational discernment has become problematic, producing unnecessary indecision and anxiety. The problem is not [Read More...]