Congratulations, Fr. Duffy

Longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Michael Duffy was ordained Saturday to be a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  He celebrated his first Mass Sunday at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh, NY.   Ad multos  annos! [Read more...]

In letter, Cleveland bishop acknowledges “growing disconnect” with priests, seeks to repair rift

Details: Bishop Richard Lennon has sent a conciliatory letter to the priests in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, acknowledging that his relationship with many of them has deteriorated. In a letter obtained by The Plain Dealer, Lennon wrote to the diocese’s priests on May 21, saying “I have become aware of a growing disconnect between many [Read More...]

Priest suspended for leading breakaway parish — UPDATED

Details: The Rev. Robert Marrone has been suspended from priestly ministry for disobeying an order by Cleveland Catholic Bishop Richard Lennon to remove himself as pastor of a breakaway congregation, according to a letter the priest wrote to his followers. Marrone and his congregation, the Community of St. Peter, broke away from the diocese to set [Read More...]

A promise kept: Cardinal Dolan returns to St. Louis to preach at priest’s first Mass

Details: Surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Father Brian Fallon and four other newly ordained priests celebrated their first Masses last weekend, just one day after their May 26 ordination at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. It was a culminating moment, a realization of all the hard work they had achieved through their years [Read More...]

Clergy and politics

I see it more and more on Facebook: priests and deacons trumpeting their political allegiances and voicing their support for particular candidates.  It’s an election year; that’s understandable. But is it appropriate?  I’ve often wondered. Deacon Bill Ditewig (of happy blogging memory) took a close look at that in this month’s Deacon Digest (full disclosure: [Read More...]

Here comes the judge: 66-year-old ordained a priest

Details: Among his tight circle of friends, they’ve been calling Tim Corcoran “Father Timmy” for quite some time. It was a little tongue-in-cheek, but it always made Corcoran smile. “They got a kick out of it,” he says with his impish grin. So did he. But now, it’s finally true. For the record, he prefers [Read More...]

“There is only one diaconate”

This great reminder comes from the Archbishop of Dublin, as he prepares to ordain his first batch of permanent deacons.  He made his remarks to seminarians. Take a look: The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin warned in Maynooth yesterday against “a narrow preoccupation” with day- to-day seminary life. That was often “an unhealthy sign”, [Read More...]

“It is something glorious”

That is how one woman described the historic celebration earlier this month, marking the first African priest ordained for the Diocese of Palm Beach. Read more: Leonard Dim wiped away tears as he witnessed his first-born son, Leonard Onyeukwu Dim, receive the sacrament of holy orders and become the first African priest ordained for the [Read More...]

New York ordains just one priest — and his first Mass is in Latin

Details: Today Fr. Patric D’Arcy, newly ordained priest of the Archdiocese of New York, celebrated his first Mass - a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form – amid the Gothic splendor of Blessed Sacrament Church. Many clergy and seminarians were in attendance. A schola performed both chant and polyphony, including Allegri’s Miserere. The website for the Archdiocese [Read More...]

Chaplain removed for bringing wine into prison

It happened in South Carolina: For a quarter century, Monsignor Ed Lofton has served as one of 86 volunteer chaplains at the Charleston County jail. Bringing calm to inmates and jailers alike is considered essential to his mission. But carrying wine into a facility where alcohol is labeled as contraband hasn’t come without controversy. He [Read More...]


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