A New Deacon’s Ordination Impressions: “This Time, I Was the One Wearing the White Dress…”

The Catholic Messenger this week has write-ups about the 14 newly ordained deacons in the Diocese of Davenport. There’s full coverage of the ordination itself — and reflections from the new deacons, including this from Deacon Bob Glaser: “I had two siblings and two in-laws in their 80s. I was worried about them getting here. [Read More...]

How to Write Good

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So, the Pope Picks Up the Phone and Makes a Call…

And John Thavis reports part of a recent conversation he had with Argentine journalist Jorge Milia: Pope Francis spoke endearingly about Pope Benedict, whom he calls “el viejo” — literally, “the old man,” but a term that carries with it affection and respect. “Today I was with el viejo, and we talked a lot. It’s a [Read More...]

Thank you, George and Mary Kandra

 George and Mary Kandra, my grandparents, with their daughter, Anne, in the backyard of the their home in Taylor, Pennsylvania. Date unknown. A long time ago you came to this country in the bottom of a boat, from a far-flung corner of Slovakia. I never knew much more than that; your home town, I think, [Read More...]

Putting Out into the Deep: Priest Celebrates “Boat Mass” in Knoxville

An unusual custom continues: Father Joe Campbell’s streak of consecutive boat Masses without a rain-out is intact. Father Campbell held Mass June 15 for about 85 people enjoying Norris Lake on Father’s Day weekend. It was his 22nd Mass on the water. And just as before, word spreads among Catholic boaters on Norris Lake that [Read More...]

Ah, travel

Remember when air travel was like this? Yeah. Neither do I. This is more like it: As I write, I’m sitting at a table in Au Bon Pain at the United terminal at LaGuardia, waiting for my flight to Denver for the Catholic Media Conference (you can follow on twitter at #cmc13). I’m looking forward [Read More...]

Ordination Update: 25 New Deacons for Pittsburgh

They are a diverse bunch: The men of the deacon class of 2013, who have made this formation journey together, are a diverse yet cohesive group: They range in age from 45 to 64, with the average being 55. One is single; the rest are married and, collectively, they have a total of 49 children [Read More...]

View from the Pew: What Makes a Good Sermon

This advice comes from Kathleen T. Choi who writes “In Little Ways” for The Hawaii Catholic Herald, newspaper of the Diocese of Honolulu: Dear Father X, Every Sunday, as we walk out the door, we shake your hand and say, “Good sermon, Father.” We’re not lying. We’re usually fairly satisfied with what you have to say, [Read More...]

Pelosi Defends Late-Term Abortion as “Sacred Ground”

Details, from ABC News:  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today bickered with a conservative reporter who asked her to explain the moral difference between live-birth murder and abortions executed during the final four months of pregnancy. Pelosi began her news conference today by criticizing a Republican-sponsored bill to ban all abortions after 20 weeks without [Read More...]

Home Run: Arizona Diamondbacks Draft Paralyzed Outfielder

Over the weekend, news broke that the Arizona Diamondbacks have done something extraordinary: drafting paralyzed Arizona State outfielder Cory Hahn: The former Mater Dei High School (CA) star and “Mr. Baseball” in California who many thought would be a “can’t miss” prospect was paralyzed after sliding into second base during his freshman season at Arizona State [Read More...]


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