Know hope: some heartening news about vocations—UPDATED

This is pretty encouraging, from Tim Muldoon via Elizabeth Scalia:  Today Boston College has released the results of a report on the influence that college experiences had on young men in the United States who decided to begin studying for the priesthood. That report highlights a number of interesting points: • Some 350,000 never-married men have [Read More...]

Pope Francis: “There is nothing more beautiful for a man than to be called to the priesthood”

From Vatican Radio: “I have very much desired this meeting with you who bear the daily burden of parish work” Pope Francis said on Saturday, greeting the priests of the Diocese of Cassano all’Jonio. In his address, the Holy Father spoke to the assembled clerics about “the joy of being a priest.” There is nothing [Read More...]

Phoenix priest: I have forgiven my attacker

From The Los Angeles Times:  People clapped, gasped and cried when a man pushed Father Joseph Terra into the room full of parishioners at St. Catherine of Siena on Monday. Still in a wheelchair after being wounded last week during a break-in at Mater Misericordiae Mission that left a fellow priest dead, Terra didn’t move [Read More...]

Requiem Mass for Father Walker

From The Catholic Sun:  At the requiem Mass, Fr. Eric Flood, the North American superior of the Fraternity of St. Peter Society, the religious order Fr. Walker belonged to, spoke about the young priest’s love of celebrating Mass. “If someone were to ask him if he would still want to be priest if he knew [Read More...]

Phoenix police confirm arrest in killing of Father Walker

Details:  A 54-year-old ex-convict has been arrested in the shooting death of a 28-year-old Phoenix priest. Phoenix police confirmed Gary Moran, a homeless man with an extensive criminal record, was arrested Sunday night and jailed on suspicion of shooting the Rev. Kenneth Walker multiple times at Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church in south Phoenix [Read More...]

Identical twins ordained priests in Michigan

When was the last time this happened? Details:  Working on weekends as a deacon at St. Agnes Catholic Parish in Fowlerville, Gary Koenigsknecht would occasionally need to gently correct someone who belonged to St. Mary Catholic Parish a couple of towns west. “You would have somebody from Williamston say, ‘Hey, I saw you last week!’ ” he [Read More...]

On Fr. Walker of Phoenix: “He wanted to know what would bring him closer to the Lord”

The Arizona Republic in Phoenix has a long and richly detailed article (with some obvious church-related errors, though) about the two priests attacked at church last week, including these details about Father Walker, who was killed: Kenneth Walker came from a large family, but of the blended variety. When Walker’s parents divorced, he and his [Read More...]

Divorced grandfather ordained a priest in Springfield

His marriage was later annulled. But this is definitely a vocation story you don’t hear about every day:  Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell ordained two, new priests for the Diocese of Springfield, today, June 7, at  an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral, here. Father Christopher Andrew Fedoryshyn, 29, of Pittsfield and Father Francis (Frank) Jeffrey [Read More...]

Praying in Phoenix: “These two are great priests and great men of the church”

Grief and prayers for two priests who were victims of violence: June normally brings members of the Roman Catholic church together to celebrate the ordination of new priests. Instead of rejoicing, parishioners on Thursday night filled the pews of one Phoenix church to grieve. Community members gathered for a rosary and vigil at SS. Simon [Read More...]

In memory of Father Walker…

From the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter:  The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter mourns the death of Rev. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, who was murdered on June 11, 2014 at the Rectory of Mater Misericordiae Parish in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as assistant priest. He was dearly loved by the faithful he served and his [Read More...]