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Fr. Paul, center, with clergy from the parish before Mass. For several years now, my parish has undertaken a novena to St. John Vianney, patron of parish priests, as a way to support seminarians and pray for vocations. The novena opens with a Mass celebrated by a jubilarian priest; it closes on a Sunday, as [Read More…]

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The problem of instant canonizations at Catholic funerals

This is a common problem in the preaching at Catholic funerals, and something every priest and deacon should be wary of. This writer nails it: Laura’s funeral Mass was beautiful—that is, up until the homily. It was then that things took a turn for the weird. After speaking a few words about God’s love, the [Read More…]

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A Widowed Michigan Priest—and a REALLY Late Vocation

From the Detroit Free Press, here’s an interesting profile of a pastor who was just ordained six years ago—when he was in his mid-70s—after raising a family. Snip:  [Rev. William] Spencer, 81, is pastor of Holy Name of Mary Parish, which is composed of two churches that recently merged — Our Lady of Lake Huron [Read More…]

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Where Can an Older Man Study for the Priesthood?

Here:  Blessed John XXIII National Seminary, located in Weston, Mass., is a unique institution helping to meet this need. Named after the soon-to-be canonized Holy Father who died 50 years ago, it was founded in 1964 by Cardinal Richard Cushing with the encouragement and explicit blessing of Pope Paul VI. It is the only seminary [Read More…]

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When a Priest Commits Suicide

This tragic news broke earlier in the week: More than 200 mourners gathered Monday at a Cudahy church to remember Father Jan Kieliszewski, who was found dead Sunday morning at nearby Nativity of the Lord Parish. The Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office ruled Kieliszewski’s death a suicide, according to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Archdiocese spokesman [Read More…]

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Should Priests Endorse Candidates?

With all the frenzy about the unfortunately-named Anthony Weiner, it can be easy to forget that there are other people running for the mayor of New York.  One of them is John Catsimatidis, a Greek American businessman. He’s not that well-known to many New Yorkers, so he’s trying to get his name and image out there [Read More…]

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Meet World Youth Day’s “Fashionista Priest”

Details, from Aleteia:   Father Andrew O’Connor is perhaps almost as well known in New York’s fashion scene as in the Bronx parish he pastors. Taking a retreat in Guatemala years ago, he was impacted by the grinding poverty and hopelessness he saw. He found a way to get New Yorkers to share their wealth [Read More…]

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Singing Priests, Weeping Faithful: The Charismatic Church of Brazil

Here’s a glimpse at part of the Catholic Church that will be welcoming the pope this week, from CNN: It looks like an airport hangar and it sounds like a rock concert. Thousands have packed into a megachurch on the periphery of Sao Paulo for one of Father Marcelo Rossi’s Thursday night masses. The Roman [Read More…]

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The Father Who’s a Father: Meet the Priest Behind This Iconic Picture

The snapshot here went viral shortly after it was published, showing the diaconate ordination of former Anglican priest Patrick Allen, accompanied by his young son. Now Patrick Allen is a Catholic Father — in every sense — and here’s the rest of the story: It was barely a week into Father Patrick Allen’s new ministry [Read More…]

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“The Craziest Priest in Italy” Performs During Wedding Ceremony

Well, the Anglicans have their musical quirks—and so, it seems, do we Catholics. From HuffPo:  The Rev. Bruno Maggioni is making a name for himself in Italy, but it’s not for his rousing sermons. Maggioni has begun to garner quite the following for his wedding theatrics, singing and dancing his way through ceremonies in the Italian town [Read More…]

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