Advice to seminarians: “About that sermon, keep it short…”

This is some sage advice from a Lutheran minister in First Things: First: Sheep have teeth and some of them bite. Try not to internalize it or take it personally. Some of them will bite any shepherd and you are merely the latest target of convenience. Treat them respectfully but cautiously, remembering what you share with [Read More…]

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A priest writes: “This is why I wear a collar…”

A couple years ago, when he was a mere seminarian, my blog neighbor Fr. Michael Duffy wrote passionately about how the collar is “yoke and witness” to his life and his vocation. Now another priest,  Father Chris Pietraszko, has sounded a similar chord, and I think it’s something people need to be reminded of: This is [Read More…]

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Lovely video: Holy Saturday at the seminary

Here we have a brief but beautiful glimpse at a service this morning at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York —the facility that forms priests for three dioceses: the Archdiocese of New York, Brooklyn, and Rockville Centre. While the rest of us were practicing with altar servers, rehearsing RCIA rites, sweeping the floor of [Read More…]

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How Pope Francis is reforming the priesthood

I wondered earlier this week if the new pontiff might have a profound impact on vocations.  Fr. Roger Landry in the National Catholic Register is sensing an impact, already, on the priesthood:  In his first couple of weeks as Pope, as well as his 14 years in Buenos Aires, Francis has been charting out the [Read More…]

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God’s army: overflow crowd attends discernment retreat for military chaplains

Very impressive turnout: Twenty-six (26) men from every service branch of the U.S. armed forces and civilian life are gathered [in Menlo Park, California] today for a March 21-24 discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. The Vocations Office of [Read More…]

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Married priests: “Why such aversion?”

An alert reader sent this my way: another interesting voice, from Sean Connelly, in the debate over a celibate priesthood: It was recently my distinct displeasure to be roped into a debate about whether, under Canon Law, married deacons in the Latin Rite have an obligation to observe “perfect and perpetual continence.” Those arguing in favour [Read More…]

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Come and see: seminarians doing the “Harlem Shake”

Hot on the heels of this video of nuns getting into the act, along comes the video below of seminarians. A reader wrote: Thought you would like to see this video from Saint John Vianney College Seminary [in Miami, FL].  The Minor Seminarians of the Province of Florida produced this a couple of weeks ago. [Read More…]

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“I am a Catholic priest,” she declared

California blogger Marissa Nichols writes of a surprising encounter she had not long ago with the woman who spoke those words: First, to her credit, she was participating in 40 Days for Life.  How rare or cool is that?  I thought all “women priests” despised Paul the VI’s Humanae Vitae and were all for “choice” (at least, if they [Read More…]

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British cardinal argues for married priests—UPDATED

Details:  Roman Catholic priests should be allowed to marry and have children, Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric said Friday. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who heads the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, said the requirement for priestly celibacy is “not of divine origin” and could be reconsidered. He told BBC Scotland that “the celibacy of the clergy, [Read More…]

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Seminarians respond to Benedict resignation

CNS dropped by the Pontifical North American College in Rome to get some reaction to the resignation.  The result is this excellent video by producer Robert Duncan.  Check it out. [Read more…]

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