“Are you a clergy member, or is this just a costume?”

From The Wisconsin State Journal: On May 17, police arrested two people for trespassing and disorderly conduct at Volk Field, a military facility about 90 minutes northwest of Madison. One was a priest, or so it seemed. “Are you really a clergy member, or is this just a costume?” the Rev. Jim Murphy remembers the [Read More...]

A new priest’s Mass of Thanksgiving

And the marathon of Masses continues. After his ordination and first Mass of Thanksgiving yesterday, Fr. Jeremy Canna ventured north, into Queens, to celebrate a Mass at my parish, where he spent his pastoral year in 2011-2012. He spent some quality time in the sacristy with my pastor, Bishop Paul Sanchez. His chalice, a gift [Read More...]

A priest—or two or three—in the family

An impressive vocation story from Pennsylvania:  Kyle Sahd was in the second grade, preparing for his first Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Columbia, when he thought about the wonder of the sacraments, and how he might want to become a priest. His teacher, Sister Anna Cosgrove, “got us interested in the [Read More...]

Scenes from an ordination

What a day. The Diocese of Brooklyn ordained 13 men to the priesthood today in a ceremony that stretched nearly three hours. The setting—the newly-consecrated Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph—was packed; the place seats about 1400 and there were a lot of standees in the back. It was a glorious liturgy, though. Below, some highlights. I [Read More...]

A great day for Brooklyn

Today, we welcome 13 new priests for the diocese, the largest ordination class in the United States. One of the men being ordained is my friend Jeremy Canna.  I look forward to serving at his Mass of Thanksgiving tonight, and receiving one of his first priestly blessings before I proclaim the gospel. A guy I’ve thought [Read More...]

Nevermind: lawyer now says there is no deal for nuns to care for dying priest

Details:  A nursing home run by nuns has not been asked or agreed to take care of a dying Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun at a hospital chapel in 1980, his attorney said Tuesday. The attorney for the Rev. Gerald Robinson wrote in a court filing that his statement last week that [Read More...]

Boom: Brooklyn preparing to ordain 13, largest class of priests in the United States

From the In My Backyard Desk, some sensational news, via The Brooklyn Eagle:  The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, will ordain 13 men to the priesthood on Saturday, June 28. This group of men, who have served for the past year as transitional deacons, composes the [Read More...]

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...]