Galveston-Houston copes with declining number of nuns

From The Houston Chronicle: The decline in the numbers is a bit of a paradox. It well could be the defining problem facing the institution in coming decades, yet the sisterhood publicly faces it without blanching. “The numbers affect the general public and the media more than they do us personally,” said Sister Heloise Cruzat, [Read More...]

Son to vest his father at diaconate ordination

I received the following e-mail yesterday from the Diocese of Arlington: I wanted to be sure you had our new release about the permanent diaconate ordination that will take place this weekend in Arlington, Va. We are very excited for the eleven men. I also thought you would enjoy hearing that one of the men, [Read More...]

In praise of altar girls—UPDATED

As you may have heard, Cardinal Raymond Burke is not a fan of female altar servers:  It seems clear that many men are not being drawn into a deeper liturgical spirituality; today, many men are not being drawn to service at the altar. Young men and men respond to rigor and precision and excellence. When [Read More...]

One seminarian’s journey: “I was angry with God. I told him, ‘I hate you. I don’t want to believe in you.’”

Photo: by Aprille Hanson / Arkansas Catholic From Arkansas Catholic:  When he was around 12 years old, Luis Miguel Pacheco, a frustrated, suffering kid in Mexico, told God he hated him. Just 16 years later, God changed his heart and is working through him to serve the Church. Pacheco, a 28-year-old seminarian, celebrated his diaconate [Read More...]

The deacon serves “on his knees looking up, not on his throne looking down”

Those words came from a homily delivered at an unusual ordination this weekend in Albany. From The Troy Record: Frederick Richard Lesser, a widowed father of three grown children, was ordained a transitional deacon Saturday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Madison Avenue and Eagle Street, a step toward priesthood. “From the time [Read More...]

Happy New Year, happy new orders!

A few of the Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace, from their website. Some heartening news from the good people at The National Catholic Register:  The Holy Spirit is breathing new religious orders into being, like desert wildflowers after a storm. Conversion is a common ingredient. Striving to be “salt of the earth” that [Read More...]

“A great day for all of the Catholic Church”: First Maronite Catholic ordination in Pacific Northwest

As Anthony Joseph Alles is ordained, two deacons hold up a cloak called the bashkoon so that it shielded the man being ordained from view. (photo: Catholic Sentinel/Ed Langlois) Details, from The Catholic Sentinel:  In a liturgy Saturday that included actions unfamiliar to Roman Catholics, Father Anthony Joseph Alles became a priest of the Maronite [Read More...]

Have you ever seen a diaconate ordination like this?

A reader sent this my way, with this explanation: Deacon Greg, Knowing your interest in all things deacon-ish, I thought I’d pass along a video showing scenes from the ordination of a new deacon in Christ the Savior Cathedral according to the rites of the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Kirill. Take a look. It’s [Read More...]

Vatican reports steady growth in worldwide church

The barque has sometimes hit turbulent tides, but there’s no sign that it’s sinking. And note the number of permanent deacons worldwide:  42,104, a number the continues to climb. From CNS: The number of Catholics in the world and the number of priests, permanent deacons and religious men all increased in 2012, while the number [Read More...]

Deacon psychologist launches study of deacons’ lives, spirituality

From National Catholic Reporter:  Hoping to fill a gap in scholarly research about permanent deacons, Joseph Ferrari, a permanent deacon in the Joliet, Ill., diocese and a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, has designed a survey to collect data that when complete will provide a better understanding of the personal and spiritual [Read More...]


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