Meet the newly ordained Catholic priest with two Muslim daughters

This may be one of the most unusual vocation stories you’ll ever encounter. From The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:  Like most seminarians, the Rev. Dennis Saran could tick off the many influences that bolstered and shaped him in his yearslong path to the priesthood. There was his Catholic upbringing, of course. His teacher-priests and fellow seminarians. Long-dead [Read More…]

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Beautiful: how a mother returned to the Church when her son became a priest

This belongs in the Writing Straight With Crooked Lines file…the story of a mother, Kristin Gilger, who left the Catholic Church, and how God drew her back through her son. A Jesuit reader sent this to me this morning, and it’s just great:  When my son, Patrick, first told us he was considering becoming a [Read More…]

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Husband, father, deacon—and soon, a priest

From CatholicPhilly.com:  Thirteen years ago Jim Cardosi’s wife, Cindy, discovered she had little time left to live. In 2002 she experienced symptoms resulting from a neurological illness that by 2005 would be identified as frontotemporal dementia or Pick’s Disease, which Cindy developed in her mid-40s. She required full-time care, so Jim retired from the military. [Read More…]

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Minnesota gets a married priest

Details:  Vaughn Treco, a married man, grandfather of two and former Anglican priest, has received the approval of Pope Francis to be ordained to the Catholic diaconate and priesthood in early May. His ordination as a Catholic priest who is married is allowed as an exception to the normal requirement for celibacy. Upon ordination, Treco [Read More…]

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Philadelphia monsignor ordered back behind bars

View image | gettyimages.com Details:  A high-ranking Catholic church official in Philadelphia was ordered back to prison on Thursday following the reinstatement of his conviction for turning a blind eye to child sex abuse by pedophile priests. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Teresa Sarmina revoked bail for Monsignor William Lynn, 64, and ordered him [Read More…]

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I can think of two priests who will be including this image in their Christmas card this year…

From Paul Haring at Catholic News Service comes this wonderful picture from Sunday. Caption: Pope Francis and two newly ordained priests give a blessing during the “Regina Coeli” led from the window of the pope’s studio at the Vatican April 26. The priests and 17 others were ordained by the pope during a liturgy in [Read More…]

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What happens if a priest can’t continue Mass?

The tragic story of a priest who died at the start of Mass last Sunday raises the question of what happens in such circumstances. The document De Defectibus, promulgated by Pope Pius V in the 16th century, offers this: If before the Consecration the priest becomes seriously ill, or faints, or dies, the Mass is discontinued. If [Read More…]

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Shock: Massachusetts pastor dies at start of Sunday Mass

From The Boston Globe:   The pastor of a Roman Catholic church in Canton died at the start of a Mass on Sunday morning. Father Michael McLellan, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish, died at the 11:30 a.m. service. It is not clear if he was saying the Mass at the time. “We are [Read More…]

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Polish church calls for priests who died at Dachau to be honored

View image | gettyimages.com From The Catholic Herald:  The Polish Catholic Church has called for a fitting tribute to hundreds of its priests who died during World War II at the Nazi concentration camp in Dachau. “Dachau was the main camp for priests from all over Europe, and over half came from Poland,” said Mgr [Read More…]

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Pope to newly ordained priests: No more boring sermons

Details: On Sunday morning Pope Francis ordained 19 new priests, exhorting them to serve the flock rather than manage it, and to feed the people of God with heartfelt homilies rather than boring sermons. “Let this be the nourishment of the People of God,” Francis said during the ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica, “that your sermons are [Read More…]

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