It’s true: it don’t rain there in the summertime

When I arrived in Indianapolis for the 2012 Catholic Media Conference, one of the prevailing prayers I heard again and again was for rain. The region has been battling drought. The ground was parched. Grass was brown. The air was hot. But the city was in good spirits and did a fine job of rolling [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words, Fortnight edition

I got mine, thanks to the folks at the Catholic News Service  booth at the Catholic Media Convention.  Let’s see how many I can squeeze into my suitcase to bring home … [Read more...]

On the road again

I’m headed to Indianapolis for the next few days for the Catholic Media Convention.  (Indy deacons: If you’re in the nabe, stop by and say hello!  Among other things, I’ll be serving as deacon every evening at this gorgeous church.) Blogging will be light, but I’ll look for opportunities to write something, because you never know [Read More...]

Corpus Christi at my parish in Queens

A few shots from this afternoon.  The priest with the Blessed Sacrament is Fr. Antonin Kocurek who, in addition to serving as an assistant in the parish, ministers to immigrants in our diocese from the Czech Republic. [Read more...]

Taking a vacation from vitriol

With the summer season on us, we all need a break — a change of scenery or, at least, a change in atmosphere.  I could really use a trip to Walley World right about now. However, since I can’t do that, I’m going to do something else.  For the foreseeable future, I’m closing comments.  Maybe [Read More...]

My Pentecost: tongues of flame, and the heat of a minor crucible

So, how was your Pentecost?  Here’s a window into the world of a deacon — or at least, this particular deacon. Last Sunday, my pastor and I agreed that he would preach the “high” Mass on Pentecost, since at that Mass he was going to be doing the confirmations for about a dozen adults.  (My [Read More...]

Happy blog-o-versary

Last Saturday marked the five-year anniversary of my ordination; this week marks the five-year anniversary of “The Deacon’s Bench.” Flipping through the archived scrapbook of memories, I found this warm appreciation of the diaconate by Rocco Palmo, who was an early booster of the blog.  Others began dropping by and mentioning The Bench — people [Read More...]

May 19, 2007

Prayer of the Ordained Heavenly Father, You who ordered the universe Have also ordained the universe. You have ordained that the stars follow their course, That the seasons follow Your plan That the oceans and tides obey Your rhythms. And now you have ordained us in Your service, as Deacons. Make of us instruments of [Read More...]

RIP, Michael Rosenbaum

As I said on a Facebook page devoted to him, “If you look up mensch in any dictionary, you’ll see a picture of Michael.” A great colleague, journalist, producer and, yes, mensch has died far too young, at 64, from a brain tumor.  It was my good fortune to have the office next to his [Read More...]

Hey JC, you’re alright by me…

Today the seminarian who spent his pastoral year at my parish packs his bags and heads for Creighton University, where he’ll spend the summer studying at their Institute for Priestly Formation. It’s been great having young Jeremy Canna (or, as I like to call him, JC ) around the rectory, and in the parish.  The [Read More...]


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