A day in the life of a seminarian

Curious about what that entails? The Archdiocese of Washington has just posted this short video that offers an answer. [Read more...]

Out: Maryknoll announces dismissal of Roy Bourgeois

It’s been a long time coming, but it is finished, according to National Catholic Reporter: Roy Bourgeois, a longtime peace activist and priest who had come under scrutiny for his support of women’s ordination, has been dismissed from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, which he served for 45 years, according to the congregation. The Vatican’s [Read More...]

Ice skating priests—and, maybe, a deacon?

A deacon reader sent this my way. Just in time for ice skating season! He wrote: It is an award-winning clip for Stella Artois called Skating Priests. After watching, it was easy to pick out the deacon! Enjoy.  [Read more...]

What they don’t teach in seminary—but should

Some wise insight from Dr. Lawrence DiPaolo, Jr. in the Homiletics and Pastoral Review:  In my discussions with other seminary administrators, one area seems to be given perhaps less emphasis than it should, namely, the practical tools needed to administer a parish—running the gamut from the basics of small business accounting, to the less easily [Read More...]

Faithful fin fan: meet the chaplain for the Miami Dolphins

From Florida Catholic:  It is not his “dream job” — that would be the priesthood, says Father Manny Alvarez. But “this other gig does come in a close second,” added the Twitter and Facebook-posting sports fanatic. Earlier this year, Father Alvarez, ordained in 2001, was asked to be the team chaplain for the Miami Dolphins. [Read More...]

Eastern Catholics explain value of married priests

It’s happening at a seminar in Rome.  From CNS: In Eastern Christianity — among both Catholics and Orthodox — a dual vocation to marriage and priesthood are seen as a call “to love more” and to broaden the boundaries of what a priest considers to be his family, said Russian Catholic Father Lawrence Cross. Father [Read More...]

Pell blames media for sex abuse investigation

From The Age in Australia: A defiant Cardinal George Pell has blamed a smear campaign against the Catholic Church for public pressure that led to a royal commission into child sex abuse. The Archbishop of Sydney said a commission into the Catholic Church was not needed, but he welcomed the broader inquiry announced by Prime [Read More...]

Understanding married priesthood

It may be one of the most bewildering and confusing issues in the Church these days, and Our Sunday Visitor this week takes a long look at it: There are widened eyes, some confused looks and questions. Many knowledgeable, faithful Catholics are taken aback for the first time when they meet a Catholic priest — [Read More...]

Pastor publishes parish evaluation of his priestly ministry

I’ve never heard of a pastor doing something like this, but I’m awfully impressed. Fr. Ken Simpson, from St. Clement Parish in Chicago, posted this candid evaluation of his job performance on the parish website: Dear Parishioners, Over the last few months I have been participating in a Periodic Review of Priestly Ministry. This coincides [Read More...]

Must-read: What kind of man wants to be a priest today?

Yesterday, I posted on the peculiar way that Fr. Michael Pfleger marked Holy Thursday a couple years ago. Well, the person who stumbled on that video was Boston Magazine Executive Editor Patrick Doyle, who spent months seeking to answer a question that has haunted the American Church for the last decade: who would possibly want [Read More...]


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