When being a permanent deacon isn’t permanent: one man’s road to the priesthood

From Trenton comes this story of a former permanent deacon recently ordained a priest:  Father Jim Grogan Sr. is gregarious and warm. He laughs easily and often. He is also a man completely at peace with his life and where it’s headed. When he lost his wife to ovarian cancer eight years ago, the goals [Read More...]

Boom: 10 men to be ordained priests in Brooklyn

Details:  On Saturday, June 27, 2015, at 11 a.m., the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will ordain ten men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights. “These devoted men are truly a blessing to our Diocese. Their deep faith and different [Read More...]

Superb: Fr. Michael Duffy’s homily for a new priest

A deep diaconal bow to my blog neighbor and FOTB Fr. Michael Duffy, who was invited to preach yesterday at the Mass of Thanksgiving for the newly ordained Fr. Andrew Garnett —and knocked it out of the park. Snip:  While this new reality is Fr. Garnett’s in a particular way because of his ordination yesterday it’s all of [Read More...]

New York Times profiles Fr. C. John McCloskey III, “Opus Dei priest with a magnetic touch”

Details:  Last fall, I traveled to Palo Alto, Calif., to meet the man with the unusual gift. Some priests are known for their work among the poor, others for their learning, still others for decades of service to a parish. The Rev. C. John McCloskey III, a priest of the traditionalist Opus Dei order, has [Read More...]

Pope to priests: “A Church where no discussions take place is a dead Church” — UPDATED

He gave a remarkable talk today to priests gathered in Rome — most of it unscripted.  It sounds like it was extraordinary, in every sense. Catholic News Service has a good Twitter overview right here. (It includes at the bottom the full video.) And Rome Reports offers this brief report that gives a sense of the [Read More...]

Irish bishop seeks discussion on ordaining married men as priests, women as deacons

From CNS:  An Irish bishop urged his colleagues to establish a commission to discuss the possibility of ordaining married men. Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore also wants the Irish bishops’ conference to empower the commission to further study female deacons. The proposal stemmed from a 10-month listening process that O’Reilly led in the Kilmore Diocese, [Read More...]

The largest priest ordination class in the U.S.: Paterson, NJ—UPDATED

Last year, the distinction belonged to Brooklyn. Now, a neighbor to the northwest earns that title. Check it out, from the diocesan website via The Beacon:  Bishop Serratelli had the joyful distinction of ordaining the largest ordination class in the nation May 23 in St. Philip Church here.The 14 men of diverse cultural backgrounds and life [Read More...]

Is the priest shortage a “manufactured crisis”?

View image | gettyimages.com From TribLive in Pittsburgh, a look at some of the challenges facing priests and deacons in Pennsylvania: Paul Sullins, a sociology professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, cautions against overreacting to what he calls an artificial crisis “manufactured by those who say we need to make these radical [Read More...]

Are most Catholic priests Republican?

View image | gettyimages.com That would seen to be the main conclusion of this intriguing chart, designed by Verdant Labs, to try and map out the political leanings of various professions, including the clergy. The Acton Institute, however, isn’t so sure: To determine the political leanings, Verdant used the data from the Federal Election Commission [Read More...]

Like father, like son: deacon’s son ordained a priest

From The Georgia Bulletin: When the economic recession of the early 1990s hit the Garcias in a personal way, the Miami family with Cuban roots on both sides was in serious danger of collapse. “We went through some rocky times in our marriage when we lost my computer business, but what saved our marriage was [Read More...]