“Pentecost is at work”: a great day in Brooklyn, as 19 new deacons are ordained

It was a glorious Spring day—and a moment of renewal for the Diocese of Brooklyn. On the day before Pentecost, 19 men were ordained deacons by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph. The church was packed with family, friends, religious, priests and deacons. As the bishop reminded us in his homily: “Pentecost [Read More...]

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...]

Vandals deface statue of Mary

It happened in Oklahoma over the weekend, at the beginning of the month dedicated to Our Lady: Churchgoers were upset Sunday morning when they discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary vandalized with black spray paint. The defacement of the shrine at St. Thomas More University Parish and Student Center, 100 E Stinson, near the [Read More...]

Where are many new priests coming from? You might be surprised

A growing number are coming from the military:  Springtime is ordination season for U.S. Catholic priests, and the Class of 2015 will turn out nearly twice as many military veterans as compared with each of the past two years. According to an annual survey, at least 6% of men being ordained to the priesthood this year and responding to questions—24 of 411 [Read More...]

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...]

New Yorkers, take note: an upcoming event to raise awareness and support for persecuted Christians

Mark your calendar: Msgr. John E. Kozar, president of CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association) will be making a pastoral visit to Iraq and Egypt next month to see first-hand some of the challenges facing Christians fleeing persecution in that troubled part of the world. Just days after his return, Msgr. Kozar will share his insights [Read More...]

Archbishop Cupich’s homily at wake for Cardinal George

  View image | gettyimages.com   This was delivered Tuesday, for priests and seminarians gathered at the wake of Cardinal George. It’s beautiful. I think it may have particular resonance for clergy. It’s been published multiple places online. Here it is from Zenit:  “Stay with us Lord, for evening draws near.” These words echo in [Read More...]

5 travel essentials that made a big difference in my Jordan trip

A few people have asked me questions about my just-completed jaunt to Jordan, so I thought I’d post a few answers. If you’re planning an overseas trip or pilgrimage, you might find these ideas useful. Or not. (Your mileage may vary.) They worked for me. So here goes: 1. Shoes. You don’t need a graduate degree [Read More...]

Journey to Jordan: a refugee who fled ISIS tells me his story

Saturday morning brought an emotional encounter with a man who has fled evil, and whose face tells the story. His name is Agnan Adnidihad, a 62-year-old repairman from Mosul who barely escaped the horrors of ISIS last year. Now he is living in Amman—one of tens of thousands of refugees who are crowding into Jordan [Read More...]

Journey to Jordan: seeing, at last, where everything really began

Tuesday morning we were up bright and early to pack our bags and head out the door, leaving Amman behind and heading into the wilderness: Bethany, where Jesus was baptized. But first: breakfast. We departed the Sheraton a little before 9 and headed up the road to Bethany, about an hour away. Along the way, [Read More...]