In a first, a bishop announces plans to take the ALS “ice bucket challenge”

Far as I know, this is the first time a member of the episcopacy is getting soaked for ALS research. But the money will go to a different charity, in line with Catholic teaching. Details:  Bishop David Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is taking the ice bucket challenge to help find a cure for [Read More...]

“Blessing of the planes” in Alaska

Details: Some Anchorage pilots may feel safer in the skies now that a Catholic priest has blessed their planes. Rev. Leo Walsh of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church performed a blessing ceremony Tuesday evening at Lake Hood Seaplane Base. The Catholic priest sprinkled holy water and prayed over about a dozen planes while their owners looked [Read More...]

One priest’s challenge to the “ice bucket challenge”

You may have read about the moral problems of donating to via the “ice bucket challenge.” Now, a blogging priest, Fr. Michael Denk, is offering a challenge of his own…to Check it out. And, like my blog neighbor Fr. Mike Duffy (who first raised ethical questions about this gimmick) he offers an alternative to donating [Read More...]

Have you thanked a priest today?

That’s just one of the ways suggested here for letting a priest in your life know that you appreciate him. Some other ideas: 1. Pray for Your Priest(s) “The most important thing a parishioner can do for his/her priest is pray for them. We are always praying for someone, even required to offer a Mass [Read More...]

“Sandinista priest” says Mass for first time in 29 years

Details:  Sandinista priest Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, a close advisor to President Daniel Ortega, said his first Mass in 29 years this week after Pope Francis reinstated his priestly ministry. D’Escoto, a Maryknoll priest, was suspended from his priestly duties by Pope John Paul II in 1985 for refusing to renounce his position in the revolutionary [Read More...]

Spain hopes to bring home priest who has Ebola, making him first patient treated in Europe

From NBC News:  Spain is arranging to retrieve a Catholic priest who has tested positive for Ebola in West Africa, which would make him the first patient in the outbreak to be treated in Europe, health officials said Wednesday. Liberia closed the hospital in its capital city, Monrovia, where the priest and seven hospital staff [Read More...]

Boom: Nashville sees surge in vocations

From The Catholic News Herald:  The Diocese of Nashville this summer has witnessed an explosion of vocations, with a record number of men being ordained to the priesthood and the permanent diaconate and the continuing growth of the Nashville congregation of Dominican sisters. On July 26, nine men were ordained as priests for the diocese [Read More...]

Vatican lifts suspension on Maryknoll priest

From the Christian News Wire:  The Vatican has issued a decree that lifts its 29-year suspension on Father Miguel F. d’Escoto Brockmann, a Maryknoll priest. The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is the mission society of the U.S. Catholic Church.Father d’Escoto, 81, was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 10, 1961. He helped found Orbis [Read More...]

The story of a seminarian, from his mother

A perspective we rarely hear:  So what do you say to your son when you know he is seriously discerning this life’s vocation? There is such a fine line. While you want to be supportive, you don’t want to be too excited. And honestly, you worry. The life of a priest is not easy, and your [Read More...]

“An authentic priestly vocation”: some insight into discernment from Los Angeles

An interesting overview on how discernment works in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, from the directors of vocations: Something good is happening in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the area of priestly vocations. In the Office of Vocations, we are continually receiving inquiries via telephone, email and social media from young men (and sometimes [Read More...]