Former Anglican celebrates his first Christmas as a Catholic priest

From the Catholic Review in Baltimore: This Christmas was particularly joyous for Father Albert Scharbach, who celebrated its liturgies just a few weeks after his ordination as a Catholic priest for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Photo: Tom McCarthy/Catholic Review “I feel like myself again, but much more,” Father Scharbach said [Read More…]

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“Never too old to dream a new dream”: Oldest seminarian in Little Rock ordained a deacon

Photo: Karen Schwarz/Arkansas Catholic Wow, from Arknasas Catholic:  When Jack Sidler Sr. was discerning his call to the priesthood, he ran across a plaque inscribed with a quote from C.S. Lewis: “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” On Dec. 14, three years after entering Sacred Heart School [Read More…]

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Priest gets a shock when he takes painting on “Antiques Roadshow”

Check the pictures hanging in your rectory, guys.  You never know. Details: A portrait bought for £400 has been revealed as a long-lost van Dyck, worth at least £400,000 after examination at the Antiques Roadshow. Father Jamie McLeod, a Catholic priest, brought the painting to the show after it was originally purchased in a Cheshire [Read More…]

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What will Pope Francis do with the Legion of Christ?

From the AP: First, one of the Legion of Christ’s top officials abruptly quit the troubled religious order in frustration over the slow pace of change. Then priests in the cult-like movement empowered proteges and associates of the order’s disgraced founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, to vote for their next leader. The past month has [Read More…]

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Savannah ordains first former Anglican priest, a grandfather of 17

Father Lucien Lindsey gives his blessing to his wife, Jeanne. (Photo: Michael J. Johnson, editor Southern Cross) Details from the Savannah Morning News:  In a first for the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer ordained an Anglican priest to the Catholic priesthood Wednesday. The Rev. Lucien Lindsey was ordained a Catholic priest at [Read More…]

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“What does faith have to do with doing the dishes?”

That’s just one of the questions in this uplifting interview by Kathryn Lopez with Fr. Scott Hurd, who talks about his terrific new book “When Faith Feels Fragile.”  Snip: KJL: Why do you encourage receiving the Eucharist when faith feels fragile? Shouldn’t you wait until you make sure you believe? Fr. Hurd: The Eucharist is not a [Read More…]

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Archdiocese for the Military Services ordains married former Anglican

Father Jerry Sherbourne ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop Timothy Broglio at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. This e-mail from the Archdiocese for Military Services gives the details: Father Jerry Sherbourne, an active-duty U.S. Army Chaplain, and former Anglican priest, was ordained a Catholic priest Sunday at the Basilica [Read More…]

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Former priest, Thomas Williams, marrying daughter of Mary Ann Glendon

From the AP:  Thomas Williams, the onetime public face of the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order who left the priesthood after admitting he fathered a child, is getting married this weekend to the child’s mother, The Associated Press has learned. The bride is the daughter of former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Mary [Read More…]

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Baltimore welcomes a new priest—and his wife and seven children

From the blog for the Anglican Ordinariate:  On Friday, Nov. 15, after the conclusion of the USCCB Fall Assembly, there was a wonderful ordination to the priesthood of Fr. Albert Scharbach.  Fr. Al was ordained by his boss, Bishop Denis J. Madden, auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, in what has been called “America’s most [Read More…]

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The life of a priest, circa 1890

With the issue of clerical dress and attitudes a hot topic, my blog neighbor Pat McNamara reminds us of this report from The Brooklyn Eagle in 1890: In each parish there is a pastor and one, two or three assistants, according to the size and needs of the congregation. Mass has to be said every [Read More…]

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