If you’re a pastor, how do you describe what you do in the Church?

Well, here’s a pretty good answer, from Evangelical pastor Rev. J. John. [Read more...]

Irish bishop seeks discussion on ordaining married men as priests, women as deacons

From CNS:  An Irish bishop urged his colleagues to establish a commission to discuss the possibility of ordaining married men. Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore also wants the Irish bishops’ conference to empower the commission to further study female deacons. The proposal stemmed from a 10-month listening process that O’Reilly led in the Kilmore Diocese, [Read More...]

The largest priest ordination class in the U.S.: Paterson, NJ—UPDATED

Last year, the distinction belonged to Brooklyn. Now, a neighbor to the northwest earns that title. Check it out, from the diocesan website via The Beacon:  Bishop Serratelli had the joyful distinction of ordaining the largest ordination class in the nation May 23 in St. Philip Church here.The 14 men of diverse cultural backgrounds and life [Read More...]

Is the priest shortage a “manufactured crisis”?

View image | gettyimages.com From TribLive in Pittsburgh, a look at some of the challenges facing priests and deacons in Pennsylvania: Paul Sullins, a sociology professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, cautions against overreacting to what he calls an artificial crisis “manufactured by those who say we need to make these radical [Read More...]

One family, three vocations

From The Catholic Free Press in Worcester: Jim and Patti Duffy have eight children. Five of them are still at home. Their three oldest have entered religious life at St. Benedict Center in Still River. Most recently, their son, Michael, now known as Brother Patrick Joseph, MICM, joined his twin, Brother Christopher Isaac, who entered [Read More...]

Pittsburgh welcomes first consecrated virgin

From the Post-Gazette:  Sheila Ryan said she sensed she has had an unusual call from God from the time of her upbringing in McKeesport. It wasn’t until recently, though, that she learned the Catholic Church had a name for it and an official liturgy to formalize it. Early Sunday morning at St. Richard Church in [Read More...]

I’m ready to roll for vocations. Are you?

View image | gettyimages.com   My blog neighbor and FOTB Fr. Mike Duffy is plugging the Biking4Vocations event: I’ve been following along as two priests and three seminarians travel from St. Augustine Florida to Rockville Centre, New York raising awareness for vocations to the priesthood. They’ve been doing a fantastic job – check out their [Read More...]

Bishop on new deacon: “The most remarkable path of anyone I have ever ordained”

Next step: the priesthood. Details from Arkansas Catholic:  “Wait, no, that’s not right.” So said Bishop Anthony B. Taylor during the Promise of Elect, as before him stood Norman McFall, a seminarian over whose diaconate ordination Mass Bishop Taylor was presiding May 20. “That’s the one about celibacy,” Bishop Taylor said, leafing through a large [Read More...]

Is being single a vocation?

View image | gettyimages.com Msgr. Charles Pope address that provocative question—and provides some equally provocative answers—over at his blog: Simply being single does not seem to qualify for what we have traditionally termed vocations. Consider first some basic differences. 1. Those who marry as well as those who enter religious life or the priesthood make promises and [Read More...]

Albany ordinations mark for some “a second career”

From The Troy Record, a welcome reminder that vocations come from many places, but very often begin in the family: Close to 300 clergy, religious, family, friends and well-wishers attended the ordination of four men as the newest deacons of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Three of four men ordained as deacons are preparing to [Read More...]