Fr. Ken

A deacon friend sent this my way. It belongs to a priest, who explains: A long time ago, this friend, Mary Ryan (RIP) made me a Ken doll with a full set of liturgical colored vestments – here he is in purple for Advent, and stands in my office as a reminder that Advent is [Read More...]

Giving of himself: the remarkable gift of Fr. Val

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more moving story of generosity and gratitude than this amazing story, sent from a deacon reader: By the time parishioners, parents, students and staff at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception got Father Val’s e-mail that Tuesday morning, Nov. 8, he was already in surgery. “Peace in the Lord!” read [Read More...]

Los Angeles legend, “Father Dollar Bill,” dies

One of the angels of the City of Angels is gone. Details: Funeral services were pending Monday for the Rev. Maurice Chase, a Catholic priest known as “Father Dollar Bill” for his holiday giveaways of $1 bills to the homeless on Skid Row. Chase, 92, died Sunday night at his home in Los Angeles after [Read More...]

Torn: Catholic priest learns he’s a Jewish Holocaust survivor

That’s the compelling premise behind a new documentary shown recently in a New York film festival. Details: Imagine you are a Catholic priest in your 30s. Suddenly, at your mother’s deathbed, your world is turned completely upside-down. This was Polish Father Romuald Waszkinel experience when he learned that his real name is Yaacov (Jacob) Weksler [Read More...]

Is the New York seminary merger the way of the future?

Maybe.  That’s the interesting question at the heart of this piece in OSV: Father Shawn McKnight, executive director of the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, recently wrote that economic factors and the lack of enough priest-instructors are causing seminaries to merge or close, such as the [Read More...]

Three become one: historic merger of seminaries in New York

This ambitious move has been in the works for many months, but yesterday it became a reality.  From the In My Backyard Desk (with a cheerful diaconal bow in the direction of The Anchoress): Archbishop Dolan and his brother bishops of the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Diocese of Rockville Centre Nov. 10 jointly signed [Read More...]

Court rules Church may be responsible for priests’ wrongdoing

It’s a precedent-setting ruling out of the Royal Court of Justice in London. From the Guardian: Victims of clerical sexual abuse will find it easier to bring compensation claims against the Catholic church after a judge ruled it can be held responsible for the wrongdoings of its priests. In a test case heard at the high [Read More...]

Homily for October 30, 2011: World Priest Day

We often say that God writes straight with crooked lines.   Few stories could be more crooked, or surprising, than what God wrote with the life of a boy named Martino BaThong Nguyen. He is Vietnamese.  His parents worked for the U.S. government in Saigon in the 1970s.  Because of their connection to the U.S., when [Read More...]

"There is nothing easy about being in the seminary…"

As part of the Patheos symposium on seminaries, seminarian Michael Duffy — less than a year from being ordained a priest — reflects on his seminary experience: There is nothing easy about being in the seminary; it is supposed to be difficult. It supposed to be challenging. Being in formation for the Priesthood of Jesus [Read More...]

"Amazingly, the clergy sex abuse scandal did not deter men from answering God's call…"

Patheos is hosting something new this month: an intriguing online symposium on seminaries, and our crack editor Elizabeth Scalia has established a special page for Catholics. Kicking things off is Rev. W. Shawn McKnight, who takes a look at some of the challenges the Church in America is facing: One is to maintain a basic [Read More...]


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