Kentucky priest captures tales of dying, devotes himself to making sure “no one dies alone”

A remarkable ministry, with a remarkable story behind it, as reported by USA TODAY:  It wasn’t just one thing that led the Rev. Paul Scaglione to devote so much of his ministry to the terminally and the chronically ill over his 40 years as a Roman Catholic priest. There was his own near-fatal diabetic coma four decades [Read More…]

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In the e-mail: “I’m a father but I’ve never married. Can I become a Catholic priest?”

I got this e-mail this morning from Kampala, Uganda: I am a Ugandan Catholic, aged 30. I am a father to a 6-year-old girl. However, I’ve never married and I am currently single, living a more or less celibate life.  Is it possible for me to become a Catholic priest? Well, as someone once said, [Read More…]

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“I’m a vessel that God’s going to use”: A Chicago priest returns from serving in Afghanistan

Photo by Alex Garcia The story, from the Chicago Tribune:  Please don’t let him die. That’s not much of a prayer, I suppose, but it’s what I said to God five years ago as I sat in a pew at St. Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Church in Little Village and watched the Rev. Matt Foley [Read More…]

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Boom: Little Rock diocesan seminary enrollment at highest level in nearly 50 years

Details:  The Diocese of Little Rock’s seminarian count is getting back to levels it enjoyed in the 1960s. For the first time since 1965, the diocese boasts 41 seminarians, up 27 percent from 2012 and up 56 percent in the past 10 years. “We have a very different future than we did eight years ago,” [Read More…]

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Study: clergy at higher risk for depression, anxiety

Details:  Clergy are often relied upon to guide others through difficult times, but a new study has found that the very nature of their work could put them at greater risk of developing depression and anxiety themselves. Researchers from the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School interviewed over 1,700 United Methodist pastors by phone and [Read More…]

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Meet Philadelphia’s youngest pastor

If you’re wondering: he’s the one on the left. From CatholicPhilly.com:  In late May Father Dan Kredensor, a theology teacher at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor for the past two years, started planning activities with students on the ministry team for the upcoming school year. It’s been said that when you make plans, God [Read More…]

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Fit for God: Why priests need to stay in shape

Deacons, too, of course! This gives new meaning to the idea of “exercising your ministry.” Check out this piece from Chaz Muth at Catholic News Service:  On a recent hot summer evening, a group of lacrosse players gathered around a fellow athlete on the Gonzaga College High School field before the start of their game. [Read More…]

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Priests dissect pope’s comments: “When I was in seminary, these issues weren’t even on the radar”

Some reaction, from some clergy in Rhode Island, also yields insight and attitudes on co-habitation, gay marriage and gays serving as godparents. From the Providence Journal:  In a church that continues to hold homosexual behavior to be a sin, [the pope’s ] remarks on July 29 have left many local parish priests, the Catholic Church’s [Read More…]

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Priest robbed at gunpoint: “Shoot me”

Incredible:  Authorities are on the look-out, and asking the public for help, in finding two suspects who robbed a couple of priests at a church in Lauderdale Lakes. Father Lesly Jean, according to Broward Sheriff’s Office, was taking a fellow priest on a tour of St. Helen Church in Lauderdale Lakes on July 18th around [Read More…]

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“The Lord is going to meet you in peace. That fella you killed is going to be standing right beside him.”

A powerful story of a priest’s remarkable, difficult ministry to those on death row.  Details, from the Columbus Dispatch: When Death Row inmate Mark Wiles asked the Rev. Lawrence Hummer to comfort him during his final hours, the Catholic priest agreed. “The only thing is, I’m a little bit afraid of screwing it up because [Read More…]

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