Priest dies two days after ordination —UPDATED

A followup to the story I posted the other day on Fr. Scott Caroll. This email arrived today from Toledo: Father Scott Carroll, who was ordained last Wednesday, died early this morning, Friday, May 10, 2013. Arrangements are pending and will be forwarded to you as soon as they are known. Please pray for the [Read More...]

Seminarian battling cancer ordained to priesthood

The following email arrived in my in-box tonight, forwarded from a reader in Ohio: I am pleased to announce that late this morning, Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Bishop Leonard Blair ordained Deacon Scott Carroll to the priesthood at a Mass celebrated at Father Carroll’s home in Maumee, Ohio. Concelebrating the Ritual Mass of Ordination were the Reverends [Read More...]

“Why I wear a biretta”

An explanation from an Episcopal priest:  I saw somewhere on Facebook where a priest asked the following: “What exactly is the point of a biretta.”  At last count there were 41 responses, ranging from indignation to clergy humor.  I actually liked the question – what is the point of a biretta. From a practical standpoint, [Read More...]

UPDATE: Massachusetts bishop pleads not guilty to DUI

Details:  The leader of a Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts charged with driving drunk in Rhode Island has been released on $1,000 bail.  Worcester Bishop Robert McManus pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. The 61-year-old McManus was represented by former Rhode Island House [Read More...]

Fugee fallout: Trenton pastor, lay ministers resign

From the Diocese of Trenton website: Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has accepted the resignation of Father Thomas J. Triggs as pastor of St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, effective immediately. The May 4 resignation follows recent reports that Father Michael Fugee, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, had assisted in several activities of the [Read More...]

Star search: a scientist who grew up without religion prepares for ordination to the priesthood

The unusual vocation story, from The Leaven newspaper of Kansas City: The vocation stories of many priests begin with their families, where they were nurtured in the faith and early on considered that they, too, might stand at the altar someday. Not Deacon Nathan Haverland. “I never thought about being a priest while I was [Read More...]

PK: The challenges of being a preacher’s kid

I’m sure there are children of deacons and priests who can relate to this, too. From Religion News Service: The day Franklin Graham was born, he received a telegram. “Welcome to this sin-sick world,” the Western Union message said, “and to the challenge you have to walk in your daddy’s footsteps.” It didn’t take long [Read More...]

Newark’s Fr. Fugee resigns

Frank Weathers has the scoop:  The Roman Catholic priest at the center of a public furor enveloping Newark Archbishop John J. Myers has resigned from ministry, a spokesman for the archdiocese said tonight. The Rev. Michael Fugee, who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a lifetime ban on such behavior, [Read More...]

Embattled chaplain sparks small vocations boom at George Washington University

You probably remember the controversy surrounding this chaplain at George Washington University.  Here’s something else you should know about him, from the National Catholic Register:  Father Greg Shaffer, the Catholic chaplain at George Washington University, learned early that a good pastor can defy the odds and lead the young to embrace a priestly vocation. Growing [Read More...]

Priest collapses, dies while celebrating Mass

From New Zealand:  Hundreds of parishioners watched in shock as a Catholic priest died at the altar during mass, moments after baptising a baby. Napier’s longest-serving priest, Monsignor Timothy Francis Hannigan, 81, collapsed at the altar during communion at St Patrick’s Catholic Church on Sunday. A doctor and nurses in the packed church rushed to [Read More...]