Divorced grandfather ordained a priest in California

He’s shown above with his children and grandchildren (and, according to the caption, his ex-wife on the far right).  His surprising vocation is described in The Tidings: Grandfather-of-three, Patrick Sheridan, was ordained a Benedictine priest during a July 16 concelebrated Mass at St. Mary in Palmdale with Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar, presider, and Abbot Damien [Read More...]

Shock: another priest suicide

Less than a month after this sad news out of Massachusetts, we’re learning of another priest who evidently took his own life in Alabama: The Archdiocese of Mobile announced the death of Rev. Ernest Hyndman, Jr., the pastor of St. Agatha Catholic Church in Bay Minette.  His body was found in the church rectory Tuesday [Read More...]

"Love your Church, love God's people…

Those are the beautiful sentiments that conclude this 1990 ordination homily from Cardinal John O’Connor, which was published recently in the Catholic Review: As your bishop, I give you but one mandate: love our Church, love God’s people. Love them for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health. Love them [Read More...]

From attending World Youth Day to organizing it: one priest's surprising journey

As plans ramp up for this month’s World Youth Day in Madrid, L’Osservatore Romano interviews the newly appointed monsignor in charge — and finds he’s no stranger to the event. Details: When in August, 1989 he found himself immersed in a sea of young people rhythmically chanting their love for John Paul II during the [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: new priest edition

As part of our parish’s annual novena to St. John Vianney, a newly ordained priest comes to celebrate Sunday mass and offer a special blessing after.  This year, we were lucky to have Fr. Rodnev Lapommeray, ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn just last month. Following mass, people lined up outside — some waiting over [Read More...]

The life of a priest: "Too much of a good thing"

At my parish, we’re in the middle of an annual novena to St. John Vianney, praying for vocations to the priesthood. It’s a beautiful tradition in our church; we begin the novena with a jubiliarian celebrating mass, and we conclude nine days later with a newly ordained priest, who also offers special individual blessings after [Read More...]

Clergy group invokes "fraternal correction" on American priests

After a statement supporting the dissident priest Fr. R0y Bourgeois got prominent play in the New York Times this weekend, a group of Catholic clergy has released a rare public statement of “fraternal correction.” The press release: Motivated out of the loving bond of brotherhood between all men in Holy Orders, the Confraternity of Catholic [Read More...]

New York Times: Vatican being "challenged" on women priests

A key player, according to the report in the New York Times, is Fr. Ray Bourgeois, pictured below at the attempted ordination of a woman a couple years ago. Details: More than 150 Roman Catholic priests in the United States have signed a statement in support of a fellow cleric who faces dismissal for participating [Read More...]

Nearing the goal: update on soccer player studying for the priesthood

He made news a few years back, when he gave up a lucrative professional soccer career for the priesthood.  How’s he doing? The Washington Post has an update: Chase Hilgenbrinck looks back on his first few months at Mount St. Mary’s and wonders how he did it. His decision to leave behind a Major League [Read More...]

Trading in a badge and gun for the cross

From Delaware comes this great story of a former New York cop (he’s the one in the middle, below) who was recently ordained a priest for Wilmington. Check it out: Newly ordained Catholic priest Anthony F. Cardone comes to the job with plenty of experience in the study of diplomacy, security and sin. A former [Read More...]


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