A Jesuit Says Goodbye

Here’s something you don’t see every day: in a letter, a priest nearing his 80th birthday explains his decision to leave both the priesthood and the Jesuit order after nearly half a century. Details:  In a lengthy, moving letter to friends and colleagues, veteran Jesuit priest Bert Thelen explains his reasons for leaving the order [Read More…]

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I Thought That Name Sounded Familiar…

The other day, I posted the remarkable story of Rev. Thomas Vander Woude, and his passionate plea on Facebook to save an unborn child with Down syndrome. It turns out that one of Fr. Vander Woude’s brothers was born with Down syndrome.   That brother nearly died in a horrible accident a few years back. [Read More…]

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Following Pope’s Call, Priest Puts Mercedes Up for Sale

Any takers? Details:  It may be back to a bicycle for a Colombian priest who’s heeding Pope Francis’ call for austerity. The Rev. Hernando Fayid said he’s going to sell his white Mercedes Benz E200 convertible with a black top following the pope’s recent statement that it wounds his heart to see a priest in [Read More…]

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Virginia Priest Donates Kidney to Save Life of Parishioner

  Wow:  Bruce McComb says he owes his life to his pastor, Father Jonathan Goertz of St. Timothy Parish in Tappahannock. His statement, voiced in strong admiration, is not far from the truth. Mr. McComb, 60, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. He had been on dialysis for three and a half years [Read More…]

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Pope Francis: “It hurts my heart when I see a priest or a nun with the latest model of car”

That and much more, from his impromptu remarks today to seminarians and novices:  Pope Francis on Saturday evening told future nuns and priests and consecrated laypeople to keep “freshness” and “joy” in their lives, as he said: “There is no sadness in holiness”. Speaking to participants in a four-day international event for Seminarians, Novices and [Read More…]

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Report: Fr. Murad Shot, Not Beheaded

From the Daily Telegraph: A Catholic priest has been shot and killed in northern Syria, The Telegraph has found, contradicting claims that he is the victim in a widely-circulated beheading video. The footage, said to show Father Francois Murad, 49, as the victim in a brutal summary execution by foreign jihadists is likely to be [Read More…]

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A Divorced Father of Two Becomes Seattle’s Newest Priest

Amazing but true. Details:  There aren’t a whole lot of priests in the Latin Church with two grown sons, but the Archdiocese of Seattle’s newest priest, Father Mark Kiszelewski, is one of those few. He was ordained to the priesthood June 8 by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at St. James Cathedral. From an early age, [Read More…]

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Archbishop Myers Speaks Out on Fugee Case

The Newark prelate gave what appears to be his first interview on the case to Joan Frawley Desmond of the National Catholic Register late last week: Critics of your decision to allow a restricted role for Father Fugee as co-director of the Newark Archdiocese’s Office of Clergy Formation charge that you violated the U.S. bishops’ [Read More…]

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Last Call for New York’s “Saloon Priest”

A great profile of a remarkable New York figure, from the New York Times:  The Rev. Peter Colapietro was playing down the fuss — the goodbyes from the neighborhood people, the Mass scheduled for Sunday to celebrate his years at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, in the shadow of Times Square. “I’m just moving to [Read More…]

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Must-See Video: A Day in the Life of a Priest

A happy h/t to my blog neighbor Rebecca Hamilton, who posted this a few days ago.  It’s a great glimpse inside a life many Catholics never see.  Check it out. And share it with a priest you know — or, maybe, someone who is discerning a vocation. As ‘Becca notes: This entertaining video shows one [Read More…]

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