A priest’s wife tells her story

Over at CNEWA, we’ve just posted online the Summer edition of our award-winning magazine, ONE. The issue features a fascinating glimpse into the life of a married Orthodox priest in suburban Chicago —who, to support his growing family, works nights at a nearby factory: As the city of Chicago prepares for bed, the Rev. Sharbel [Read More...]

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Splitsville: a Chicago parish helps couples cope with divorce

This sounds like a parish ministry whose time has come:  Mary Margaret O’Connor had a hard time sitting in church after her divorce. She tried one parish after another, but was distracted by the families filling the pews around her. “It was just another painful reminder of what I had lost,” said O’Connor. Friends told [Read More...]

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“Confessions of a Minister’s Wife”

How many women married to deacons (or priests?) could relate to this? From Huffington Post, writer Rita Davis unloads:  Being married to a minister was not something I had on my to-do list. I just happened to fall in love with a guy who also carried the title, “Reverend.” According to my mother, I used [Read More...]

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Did Pope Francis say he approves of divorce?

Some people seem to think so. It popped up repeatedly in headlines last week. Huffington Post, for example, posted a story by RNS with this headline: “Pope Francis Says Divorce May Be ‘Morally Necessary’ To Protect Kids. The New York Post also reported: “Pope Francis: Divorce can be ‘morally necessary’” The story itself, however, is more [Read More...]

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Taking the plunge: number of weddings held at religious institutions drops to just 28%

View image | gettyimages.com A few days ago, I posted on the rising expenses of the wedding industry—and an alert reader pointed me to this release from a couple months back, which helps put it in context: The Knot 2014 Real Weddings Survey can be broken down on a region-by-region basis across more than 80 [Read More...]

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And now, some advice for engaged couples from the pope

From Vatican Radio: Pope Francis on Wednesday spoke to couples who are engaged to be married and told them not to be superficial as they prepare to enter into a life-long covenant of love. In yet another catechesis dedicated to the family, the Pope chose to speak of the importance of engagement as preparation for [Read More...]

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News alert: weddings do not have to break the bank

View image | gettyimages.com My blog neighbor Jane the Actuary has a little news today about spiraling wedding costs, and points out that the numbers you’ve been hearing—upwards of $30k—may not be accurate. And she adds this personal detail at the end: That the wedding industry has done such a good job of convincing couples [Read More...]

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Beautiful, just beautiful: a wedding picture worth a thousand words

Details:  A photo of a young Marine praying with his bride-to-be quickly went viral after it was posted on Facebook by the wedding photographer. U.S. Marine Cpl. Caleb Earwood wanted to pray with his bride Maggie before their ceremony in Asheville, North Carolina, on Saturday. So with the help of their family and wedding photographer [Read More...]

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What do you do for a father/daughter wedding dance when your daughter is a tomboy?

You do something like this… As the Dad notes on YouTube: My daughter has always found her own path. She played Flag football at 6. She hated wearing dresses. She wore a tuxedo to her first communion. She lettered in Soccer and Track. She then became an Engineer for the largest automaker in the world [Read More...]

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Best. Catholic. Wedding. Video. Ever.

A couple months ago, FOTB (Friend of the Bench) Paul Morisi—Coordinator of Adolescent and Young Adult Faith Formation for the Diocese of Brooklyn—got hitched. He’s just posted a video of that happy event. And it’s glorious. This is a must-see. Full of romance, sentiment, joy and—really—faith. If this doesn’t brighten your Monday, nothing will. Congratulations, [Read More...]

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