A priest faces death with faith: “I became a Jesuit to save souls, including my own”

From The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Since being diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in late January, the Rev. John Schlegel has given away most of his books, artwork and clothes. He has visited friends in Dallas; Denver; Chicago; Omaha, Neb.; New York; London; Oxford, England; and Dubuque, Iowa; and met with Pope Francis in Rome. And he [Read More...]

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Vatican accepting online applications for “missionaries of mercy”

From CNS:  Pope Francis is looking for a few good “missionaries of mercy,” priests who are known for their preaching and their dedication to hearing confessions and granting absolution. If they have their bishop’s or superior’s support, priests interested in being one of the special communicators of God’s mercy are invited to apply online. The [Read More...]

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Loyola chancellor calls for married priests

From Crain’s Chicago Business: Father Michael Garanzini, the chancellor of Loyola University and newly-named board member for the Chicago Board of Education, says it’s time Catholic priests be allowed to marry. “I think it would be healthy. I used to say ‘well, it will change but probably not in my lifetime.’ And then Pope Francis came along, and what [Read More...]

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Where can I get one of these?

Love this. A lot. From Mary DeTurris Poust in the Diocese of Albany, who posted this on Facebook. Caption: As seen in Bishop Scharfenberger’s office at the Pastoral Center. Mary adds: “One of my favorite things in the boss’s office. It’s a permanent fixture.” Follow Bishop Scharfenbereger (a Queens boy and FOB) on Instagram here. [Read more...]

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Message to priests: “Thank you for your daily ‘Yes’”…

A priest friend in the Diocese of Cleveland forwarded this to me: a nice email sent to all the priests in the diocese for their feast day today.  Click to enlarge [Read more...]

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Gay chaplain reassigned to Newark parish

You may remember this item from a few months back. Now, there’s more. Details:  A former Seton Hall University chaplain who said he was fired from that position because he supported an organization opposed to anti-gay bullying has been appointed to a new post in the Archdiocese of Newark, church officials confirmed Monday. The Rev. Warren [Read More...]

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St. John Vianney, pray for parish priests

From today’s Office of Readings, on the Feast of St. John Vianney, some wise words from the saint himself: “My little children, reflect on these words: the Christian’s treasure is not on earth but in heaven. Our thoughts, then, ought to be directed to where our treasure is. This is the glorious duty of man: [Read More...]

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The veterinarian, husband and father who became a priest

Some may remember when I posted on Frederick Richard Lesser, a widower who was ordained a deacon earlier this year. In June, Deacon Lesser became Father Lesser: Frederick Richard (Rick) Lesser, the widowed father of three grown children, was ordained today [June 20] as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. The ceremony [Read More...]

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Austrian theologian: “Married priests and women deacons should be reintroduced as soon as possible”

From The Tablet in London: The dean-elect of Salzburg University’s Catholic theological faculty has called for married priests and women deacons in the Church. “Married priests and women deacons should be reintroduced as soon as possible. That would bring new dynamism to the Church”, the future dean of Salzburg University’s Catholic theological faculty, Professor Dietmar [Read More...]

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How grieving the loss of his children led this father to the priesthood

And that’s not all. A remarkable vocation story, and a remarkable vocation, from The Cody Enterprise in Wyoming. Among other things, it gives a powerful sense of what it means to minister in some of the more remote corners of the country: In the New Testament, Paul asks the Romans, “And how can people preach [Read More...]

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