From the archives: “These Hands Bring Me Jesus”

Originally posted August 2010 Periodically, people ask me about the image above, which is the image I use for my Facebook posts.  The brief blog item below from 2010 explains. “These Hands Bring Me Jesus.”  That’s the name of an ambitious, surprisingly powerful project undertaken by photographer Steven Golder. He’s been taking photographs of hands — some [Read More...]

Man confesses killing to priest, who calls the cops

Details:  Jonathan Smith, on the run from Ohio, was so desperate to come clean that he grabbed the first priest he could find at a Midtown church and copped to bludgeoning his girlfriend 500 miles away, sources told The Post. “Someone is dead, and I feel really bad about it,” Smith, 48, told the startled [Read More...]

Trifecta: three brothers becoming priests

A vocations bonanza, from Huffington Post:  When Luke Strand started college nine years ago, he wanted to earn a marketing degree, a job in the business world, then a house and children. Now he’s a priest and that’s not all. His brother, Vincent, is on his way to being ordained a Jesuit priest and their [Read More...]

Meet New York’s oldest working priest, 92-year-old Fr. Gerald Ryan

A tribute to enduring faith and steadfast love, in (of all places) the New York Times:  It was the bell that first called to him. It was a Sunday afternoon in the mid-1920s, and his family was living in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. When his priest rang the bell during Mass, Gerald [Read More...]

When a father becomes Father

Some in the church are taking a closer look at the married priesthood, with one married priest about to release a book on the subject. From the August issue of U.S. Catholic: Father Donald Paul Sullins, a married priest and sociologist at Catholic University of America in Washington, has researched the reactions of American Catholics [Read More...]

UPDATE: Priest who denied communion to lesbian leaves archdiocese

Another chapter — perhaps the final one — in the saga that broke earlier this year: A priest who denied communion to a lesbian at her mother’s funeral is no longer in ministry with the Archdiocese of Washington, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese said Monday. Rev. Marcel Guarnizo, who served at St. John Neumann parish [Read More...]

Illinois priest banned from pulpit

The “Improvising Priest” has had his preaching faculties removed.  Details: A priest forced out of his parish by Belleville’s Catholic bishop for improvising prayers during Mass will no longer be able to preach in public as of today. The Rev. William Rowe said Monday that Bishop Edward Braxton has suspended him and removed his “faculties,” [Read More...]

Chinese priest reported missing ahead of illicit ordination

Details: Father Giuseppe Zhao Hongchun, apostolic administrator of Harbin, has been “missing” since the afternoon of July 4, where he went to attend an appointment arranged by religious affairs officials. Local sources told AsiaNews that they believed he has been under house arrest, but his whereabouts is not known to them. This event is related [Read More...]

“My last night as an associate pastor…”

A priest in Indianapolis reflects on how his life is about to change as, for the first time, he becomes a pastor: For the rest of my life until retirement, barring getting sent away for further schooling or something like that, I’ll be a pastor of a parish.  It is kind of intimidating sitting here [Read More...]

Absolution at Gettysburg: the story of Fr. William Corby

A fascinating and timely piece by the good doctor, Pat McNamara: On the hot afternoon of July 2, 1863, the Union Army’s Irish Brigade, a unit composed predominantly of Catholic immigrants, waited for the order to go into action. It was the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, a three-day conflagration that saw over [Read More...]


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