A “practicum year” for deacon candidates?

Someone posted this item on Facebook earlier today: The 16 members of the Diocese of Salt Lake City’s permanent deacon formation class  have entered their Candidate Practicum period, for which they have been temporarily assigned to serve in parishes other than their own. The temporary assignments, which began this month, will last for about eight [Read More…]

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Scranton installs nun as first parish life coordinator

From The Scranton Times-Tribune: When Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph C. Bambera envisions the future of diocesan churches, he sees St. Patrick’s Church in White Haven as a model. The church has a priest, the Rev. Michael J. Kloton, who also oversees Immaculate Conception, a separate, independent parish 8 miles away in Freeland. When Father [Read More…]

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Bye bye basket? Texas churches experiment with tablets, kiosks for collections

Details from The El Paso Times:  The Catholic Church has always been steeped in tradition and not technology. On Saturday, two Catholic churches will break from tradition and take a step toward the digital age by adding a touch pad on a stand, called a kiosk, for people to make credit-card donations to the church [Read More…]

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Deacons in “a new model of parish management” in St. Louis

This won’t be a surprise in some places, and it echoes what is happening now in Pittsburgh. But it’s interesting to realize that, in certain dioceses, this sort of thing is still radical and new. From the St. Louis Review: The clergy appointments announced in the paper this week include one that might sound unusual: [Read More…]

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New York City’s deaf Catholics find a new home

Some readers may recall the controversy surrounding the announcement last year that a parish serving New York’s deaf community was going to close. Now, an update, via Catholic New York: After three decades at St. Elizabeth’s parish, deaf Catholics are about to embark on a new chapter for worship and social gatherings at St. Thomas More [Read More…]

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An interesting lineup of deacons at this parish…

An alert reader—thank you, Frank Weathers—pointed this out to me, from a parish in California: Holy Name of Mary Parish Staff:Fr. Rich Danyluk, SS.CC.  Deacons: Marv and Sharon Estey Mario and Irene Lopez, Spanish Ministry  Jose and Maria Guadamuz, Spanish Ministry  Al and Rita Austin Seriously? [Read more…]

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“Team ministry” launched in Pittsburgh

Hot on the heels of the announcement that some deacons will serve as parish administrators, the the Diocese of Pittsburgh has rolled out its pilot program in the experiment:  Bishop David Zubik has announced a “team ministry” pilot program that includes a deacon administrator for five parishes in Greene County as part of new, innovative [Read More…]

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More on Pittsburgh’s deacon administrators

You may remember this item from last week, about deacons taking over some parishes in Pittsburgh and serving as administrators. The National Catholic Register‘s Peter Jesserer Smith has more: The new deacon-administrators and their parish assignments have not yet been made public. However, Deacon Stephen Byers, director of the department of diaconate formation, said three [Read More…]

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Hailing the “Solomonic appointment” in San Francisco

A few readers have taken issue with my posting on the decision to remove the controversial Fr. Joseph Illo as chaplain at Star of the Sea in San Francisco. One person directed me to this item on a Catholic news site, which he noted gives a more positive assessment of the situation: The appointment of Fr. Perrone, [Read More…]

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SF aftershock: controversial priest, Fr. Illo, removed—UPDATED

You probably remember this headline-grabber from January. Now an update: The controversial pastor of a Catholic elementary school in San Francisco has been removed from his post, though some parents remain concerned that the change is only temporary. The announcement came late last month that a new chaplain was appointed to oversee the Star of [Read More…]

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