Who was Stephen?

Over at Christian Crier, at the Patheos Evangelical Channel, writer Jack Wellman has some thoughts that may be of interest to deacons: Stephen’s name is derived from the Greek name “Stéfanos” and means “honor,” “wreath” or “crown” and Stephen may have been the first Christian martyr in the church. Stephen was a deacon in the [Read More...]

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Padre Pio’s remains to be displayed in Rome

From Rome Reports:  The remains of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina,  commonly known as the Padre Pio, will be exhibited in St. Peter’s Basilica from February 8th to 14th, 2016 to mark the Holy Year of Mercy. It was announced on the website of the Convent Sanctuary of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. According to the post, the Pope [Read More...]

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Pope approves decrees of canonization for St. Therese’s parents

Details:  Pope Francis approved on Saturday the decrees allowing for the canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of the Child Jesus (of Lisieux). The Holy Father approved the decrees allowing Louis and Zelie Martin to be canonized during the Ordinary Consistory in the Apostolic Palace of the Vatican. The couple [Read More...]

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Will this man become the first U.S. martyr saint?

From Aleteia:  There has never been a canonized martyr from the United States, but a vote at the Vatican this week may lead to an Oklahoma priest becoming the first. A special Theological Commission at the Congregation of the Causes of Saints in Rome voted Tuesday to formally recognize Father Stanley Rother a martyr. The [Read More...]

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St. Ephrem, deacon

We salute him today, his feast day, over at the CNEWA blog, One-to-One:   An aspect of Ephrem’s unusual personality is evident in the fact that, although ordained a deacon, he never became a priest — avoiding consecration by feigning madness. Although no certain explanation can be found for this behavior, some biographers believe it was [Read More...]

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Catholic university moves statue of missionary after some complain it is racist—UPDATED

Details:  Saint Louis University has removed a statue on its campus depicting a famous Jesuit missionary priest praying over American Indians after a cohort of students and faculty continued to complain the sculpture symbolized white supremacy, racism and colonialism. Formerly placed outside the university’s Fusz Hall in the center of the private Catholic university, the statue will [Read More...]

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Barack Obama hails beatification of Oscar Romero

  View image | gettyimages.com From McClatchy:  A papal envoy Saturday declared slain Archbishop Óscar Romero “blessed” in a ceremony that drew hundreds of thousands of people and moved the Catholic martyr one step closer to sainthood 35 years after a sniper’s bullet felled him at the altar. Known as a champion of the poor [Read More...]

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For the deacons of tomorrow, a little Romero today

Oscar Romero will be beatified tomorrow in San Salvador—and, fittingly, new deacons will be ordained tomorrow in Brooklyn. Romero’s life was profoundly diaconal, devoted to service and sacrifice. “Whoever out of of love for God gives oneself to the service of others,” he said, “will live, like the grain of wheat that dies, but only apparently. Only [Read More...]

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Actor Joe Mantegna to receive Saint Pio Award

From the foundation that bears the saint’s name: The Saint Pio Foundation is proud to present the 1st “Saint Pio Award Ceremony,” which will take place at The Naval Heritage Center (701 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004), on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 6:30pm. A cocktail reception will be followed by the award ceremony. [Read More...]

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Save the date: Romero beatification reportedly set for May 23

Via NCR: Slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, the murdered prelate of the people whose sainthood cause languished under previous pontiffs but has been fast-tracked by Pope Francis, is to be beatified May 23 in San Salvador. News of the date of the ceremony — which puts Romero one step away from sainthood — was made [Read More...]

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