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...]

A widower who was angry at God set to become a Catholic priest at 60

You never know who God will call—or when. From The Ottawa Citizen in Canada: At age 60, Léo Villeneuve can look back on much: life as a father and hockey Dad, the joy of grandparenting, a full career in nursing, the sudden plunge into widowhood. All of which prepared him, strangely, for Friday, when the short, amiable man shatters [Read More...]

Shock: priest shot and killed at Phoenix church, another wounded—UPDATED

Details:  A priest was fatally shot at a Catholic church and another was left critically injured, police in Phoenix said early Thursday. Officers discovered the two victims when they responded to reports of a burglary around 9 p.m. local time on Wednesday at the Mother of Mercy Mission in Phoenix’s downtown district. Police spokesman Sgt. [Read More...]

Boom: Louisiana bucking the trend of priest shortage

  Photo: Leslie Westbrook/LAGNS Details from The Shreveport Times:  They describe their childhoods as like those of any other boys: playing sports, dating nice girls and mastering crazy video games. But there were a few anomalies. When Matt Barzare and his buddies played cops and robbers in Eunice as little kids, Barzare played a priest [Read More...]

A vocation 55 years in the making

The remarkable story of Louisville’s newest priest, from the Louisville Record: Deacon David A. Cockson knew he wanted to be a priest when he made his first holy Communion as a 7-year-old in Grand Island, Neb. Fifty-five years later, his religious vocation will be realized. His ordination, set for Saturday, will be the fulfilment of [Read More...]

Catholic and Orthodox officials call for married priests in Eastern Rite in U.S.

The group we’re talking about is relatively small, numbering several hundred, and not Roman Catholic.  But a move like this could carry wider significance. From The New York Times:  In a step that is sure to fuel the debate over mandatory celibacy, a high-level group of Catholic and Orthodox officials is calling on the Vatican to allow [Read More...]

When is a priest not a priest?

From The Newark Star-Ledger: Chris Naples says something snapped inside him that January day. The Burlington County man sat in the gallery of the Delaware Supreme Court, watching as a lawyer for the Diocese of Trenton told the justices that the Rev. Terence McAlinden was not “on duty” — or serving in his capacity as [Read More...]

Archbishop: only two priests in Dublin are under the age of 40

From The Irish Times: Just two Catholic priests in Dublin are under 40, while a further 44 are aged between 70 and 75 and “in the next four or five years will be going into a more retired sort of life”, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said today. “We already have in Dublin two parishes [Read More...]