Kansas City’s first deacons, one year later

An interesting look at how the men, and the diocese, are adjusting, from The Leaven newspaper: The first cadre of the archdiocese’s permanent deacons has found ministry to be pretty much what they expected — with an occasional curveball. “There have been no big surprises,” said Deacon Jim Lavin, assigned to Holy Spirit Parish in [Read More...]

VIDEO: Seminarians rock on!

This may be the ultimate boy band: a group of seminarians from Joliet, Illinois performing at a vocations event earlier this year. This is New Evangelization like you probably haven’t seen it before.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

World’s oldest active teacher is a Jesuit

Details:  Guinness World Records has honored a Jesuit with the record of world’s oldest active teacher. Jesuit Father Geoffrey Schneider, hailing from Sydney, Australia, turns 100 in December. But you wouldn’t know it from looking at him. “When I ask the students to guess my age, they usually say 70,” says Fr. Schneider, who teaches [Read More...]

Ordination update: 9 new deacons in Detroit

From Michigan Catholic: Archbishop Allen Vigneron told the 2012 ordination class of permanent deacons that they were being consecrated particularly to the work of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. “The ordinary minister of the Gospel (at Mass) is the deacon,” the archbishop said in his homily at the Oct. 6 ordination. And he bade the [Read More...]

Ordination update: 14 new deacons in Rockford

From the Observer newspaper: Fourteen men were ordained as deacons on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Cathedral of St. Peter. During the rite, Bishop David J. Malloy called it a “great privilege” to ordain the class of 14 men to the permanent diaconate. He encouraged them to take the readings — Num 3:5-9; Acts 8:26-40; [Read More...]

“I was just ordained a deacon!”

That’s the headline for this heartfelt reflection by Deacon Christopher Gray, who was ordained last week at St. Peter’s at the Vatican and will be ordained a priest in a few months. From the Intermountain Catholic in Salt Lake City: At approximately 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, a pilgrim from Latin America seated in [Read More...]

“A tribute to my brother priests…”

This comes from the blog of the new bishop of Tyler, Texas, Joseph Strickland.  And it’s a keeper: If you read this and you’re not a priest, please pass it on to all the priests you know.  If you are a priest, please receive it as a small expression of thanks for all you do [Read More...]

Using social media to boost vocations

Hot on the heels of Pope Benedict’s announced theme for the next World Communications Day comes this encouraging piece of news, from Catholic News Service: Several religious congregations and organizations are taking advantage of social media to “introduce” individuals discerning a call to a vocation and the seminary, convent or monastery that fits them. With [Read More...]

Strike a pose: women playing dress up as priests

Joanne McPortland, bless her, nails it:  A curious slideshow featured in yesterday’s New York Times Review section (H/T to Katrina Fernandez) makes me saddened and bemused enough to break off from the pilgrimage posts for a minute. Entitled Women as Priests, the slideshow by photographer Judith Levitt profiles 10 women—all white, all of a certain [Read More...]

Sister fact(s) from The Anchoress

She’s got a mega-roundup of nun newsiness over at her joint, pegged to the feast of St. Therese. It’s quite a collection: Let’s start with the Sisters of Life for no other reason than they’re in my header! They’ve clothed 7 New Novices, and celebrated six first professions and one final. The Sisters of St. [Read More...]


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