Making all things new: how a Manhattan church was saved

A heartening story from this morning’s New York Times:  For more than 160 years, St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church has borne witness as transformation after transformation has cascaded through the Lower East Side. Yet conflict, drama and wrenching change occurred within its walls, too: In the church founded by Irish immigrants who fled the famine [Read More…]

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“Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Great Catholic Awakening…”

What will the next generation of Catholics bring to the pews?  Writer Ashley McGuire offers a glimpse: On the Feast of the Holy Family, I went to Mass in my hometown’s Cathedral in Colorado Springs – a town many refer to as the “Evangelical Mecca.” The pews were full of Hispanic couples in their 20s [Read More…]

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Snapshot: how Ohio is coping with priest shortage, changing demographics

An interesting microcosm of what is happening all over, from the Dayton Daily News:  A looming shortage of active priests means that parishoners across the region — and around the U.S. — will be worshipping together more closely. Church leaders have been forced to reorganize and in some cases, churches and schools have been closed when as [Read More…]

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A “bucket list” for the Year of Faith

A reader in Cincinnati brought this to my attention.  It comes from St. Cecilia’s Church in Oakley, Ohio.   The pastor has posted a “bucket list” for the Year of Faith, with 33 ideas to enrich and enliven your spiritual life in the months head.  A sample: Join the parish, if you are not already [Read More…]

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The astonishing grace of Dustin Rhodes

Photo: by Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record/Sunday News Read his story by Teresa McMinn for the Daily Record/Sunday News, and whisper a prayer: A few weeks ago, Dustin Rhodes was a healthy, happily married husband and father of a 9-month-old son. Rhodes, a Dallastown native and salutatorian of his York Catholic High School 2002 graduating class, [Read More…]

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Hannah Storm returns to TV after burn accident; during recovery she only left house for Mass

ABC News has details of her return: Just three weeks after suffering serious burns in an accident at home, ESPN anchor Hannah Storm returned to television to host the 124th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. on New Years’ Day. Storm, who has been an anchor of ESPN’s “SportsCenter” since 2008, shared hosting duties for the parade with “Good Morning [Read More…]

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Are baby boomers headed back to church?

Maybe:  Based on the premise that people become more religious as they age, Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport predicts that religion will have a more prominent place in American society as a new generation of seniors hits retirement age over the next 20 years. Newport makes the case in his new book, “God is Alive and [Read More…]

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Beyond stigma: a deacon who ministers to the mentally ill

A reminder of how we are called to serve all who hunger — and that hunger can take many forms:  When Deacon Tom Lambert’s wife was hospitalized for open heart surgery, friends brought unsolicited meals to the family’s door. “For three or four weeks, every day at 6 o’clock, the bell would ring and a different [Read More…]

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America’s crumbling Christian consensus

Historian Molly Worthen takes a look at religion’s role throughout American history in today’s New York Times: Religion has been a feature of human society since Neanderthal times, but so has religious indifference. Our illusions of the past as a golden age of faith tend to cloud our assessment of today’s religious landscape. We think [Read More…]

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World’s oldest woman: 115-year-old Catholic in Iowa

CNS uncovered this just posted on its blog: The Gerontology Research Group announced this week that 115-year-old Dina Manfredini is the oldest person in the world. She is Catholic and a longtime parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish in West Des Moines, Iowa. She inherited the title when 116-year-old Besse Cooper of Georgia died Dec. 4. [Read More…]

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