“A great day for all of the Catholic Church”: First Maronite Catholic ordination in Pacific Northwest

As Anthony Joseph Alles is ordained, two deacons hold up a cloak called the bashkoon so that it shielded the man being ordained from view. (photo: Catholic Sentinel/Ed Langlois) Details, from The Catholic Sentinel:  In a liturgy Saturday that included actions unfamiliar to Roman Catholics, Father Anthony Joseph Alles became a priest of the Maronite [Read More...]

Ladies and gentlemen, from Brazil, the Elvis Priest

Just when you think you’ve seen it all…Elvis Priestly. [Read more...]

So, a priest walks into a bar…

…and makes an amazing cocktail. Fr. William Dailey is the Thomas More Fellow at Notre Dame. He is also, according to this account on the website Munchies, a “cocktail geek” who makes a great martini and likes to talk about it. From the interview: Drinking is often part of religious rites. How do you separate [Read More...]

Awesome: parishioner donates kidney to pastor

From CNS:  A parishioner walks up to her pastor and says, “I want to give you my kidney.” Pastor smiles and says, “OK.” Don’t expect a punchline. It’s no joke. Fr. Michael Whyte arrived at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in 2007 and has been pastor there since 2008. A type 1 diabetic, he began [Read More...]

“We are overjoyed”: reaction to pope lifting ban on ordaining married men as Eastern Catholic priests

This news got a lot of attention earlier in the week, and reaction has been overwhelmingly positive: The Vatican has lifted its ban on the ordination of married men to the priesthood in Eastern Catholic churches outside their traditional territories, including in the United States, Canada and Australia. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation [Read More...]

The story of a seminarian, from his mother

A perspective we rarely hear:  So what do you say to your son when you know he is seriously discerning this life’s vocation? There is such a fine line. While you want to be supportive, you don’t want to be too excited. And honestly, you worry. The life of a priest is not easy, and your [Read More...]

Historic: First married Maronite Catholic in U.S. to become a priest—UPDATED

From USA TODAY (and note the quote from FOB Deacon Bill Ditewig!): In a move that could open the doors for more wedded priests in some Catholic churches across the USA, a married Maronite deacon will be ordained Thursday as a priest in St. Louis. Deacon Wissam Akiki, who serves St. Raymond’s Maronite Cathedral, will be the first [Read More...]

“Apologetics: I’m Not Really Sorry”: new online course for priests and deacons

FOB (Friend of the Bench) Patrick Madrid dropped me a line this morning and asked if I’d alert deacons and priests to his online course for continuing formation that’s about to get underway. It’s happening through the Sacred Heart Institute, a cooperative effort between the Archdiocese of New York and two neighboring dioceses, Rockville Centre [Read More...]

Homily for October 27, 2013: World Priest Day

From the vault: this is my homily for World Priest Day from 2008.  It happens more often than you may think. Someone will ask me after mass, “Deacon Greg, if priests could be married, wouldn’t you like to be a priest?” Well, the answer for me is no.  I’m happy being a deacon. But this [Read More...]

In Queens this afternoon…

Msgr. Funaro had a great devotion to his patron, St. Joseph.   The prayer on the back of the card: Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful [Read More...]


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