“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…]

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“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…]

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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…]

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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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Racism and reconciliation: remembering the priest who was killed for performing a wedding

This involves a tragic incident from our not-so-distant past that I’d never heard about — but leave it to The Anchoress to find this and send it my way: More than 90 years after a Methodist clergyman killed a Catholic priest in Birmingham, members of both churches gathered to seek forgiveness and reconciliation. “There is [Read More…]

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LC leader admits he knew for years about Williams’ child

Another shoe drops: The leader of the Legionaries of Christ admitted on Tuesday he knew for years the scandal-plagued religious order’s most famous priest had fathered a child but still allowed the popular cleric to preach about morality. The religious order, still reeling from revelations that its founder was a sexual abuser and drug addict [Read More…]

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Snapshot of the Class of 2012: America’s new priests

As has become its custom, the USCCB has posted a survey with some interesting facts about the men who are being ordained this spring: The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2012 is trending younger with the median age for the 2012 class at 31. Two-thirds of the class are between the [Read More…]

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“The Quest”: a glimpse at priestly formation, from 1973

Buried in the bowels of YouTube, somebody uncovered this gem.  While it may be of particular interest to folks in the Diocese of Brooklyn, it’s also a fascinating sort of time capsule that shows life in a college seminary in the 1970s.  (Look beyond the platform shoes and sideburns and you’ll hear a lot of [Read More…]

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Quote of the day

“I love our priests, and honor them, but it’s hard to argue that an unfaithful straight priest is better than a faithful gay one. I would rather see a homosexually-inclined happy, celibate priest be able to live in honesty about who he is, than learn about a hetero priest living a lie. A faithful priest is a [Read More…]

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Portland to ordain largest number of priests ever

With ordination season kicking off, Oregon is about to set a local record next month: Archbishop John G. Vlazny will ordain 10 priests on Saturday, June 9, at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass of ordination will begin at 11 a.m. This is the largest ordination class of Portland diocesan priests ever, according [Read More…]

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