Austrian vocations campaign takes to the streets

And it features an image of a deacon, a priest and nun. Details:  Launching the billboard campaign Tuesday, Klaus Kueng, St. Polten’s bishop, described the lack of interest in the priesthood as “a huge problem.” But Lukas Leitner, whose advertising agency developed the project, was optimistic that his strategy would bear fruit. Eighty large billboards [Read More...]

Meet New York’s oldest working priest, 92-year-old Fr. Gerald Ryan

A tribute to enduring faith and steadfast love, in (of all places) the New York Times:  It was the bell that first called to him. It was a Sunday afternoon in the mid-1920s, and his family was living in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. When his priest rang the bell during Mass, Gerald [Read More...]

When a father becomes Father

Some in the church are taking a closer look at the married priesthood, with one married priest about to release a book on the subject. From the August issue of U.S. Catholic: Father Donald Paul Sullins, a married priest and sociologist at Catholic University of America in Washington, has researched the reactions of American Catholics [Read More...]

Running the race for the faith

A priest I met recently in Indianapolis, Fr. Rick Nagel, is behind a unique way of raising interest in vocations — one that could really give the priesthood legs. Details:   Running a marathon is “very healthy for mind, body and spirit,” but it is also an excellent way to promote Catholicism, particularly vocations, said [Read More...]

The drug dealer who became a monk

A remarkable vocation story from Vancouver, British Columbia: After years of a life of hedonism and drug addiction, he returned to the faith and for about a dozen years now he has been serving as a hieromonk (pastor-monk) in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. Father Taras (Terry) Kraychuk, who currently lives the monastic life in the [Read More...]

“My last night as an associate pastor…”

A priest in Indianapolis reflects on how his life is about to change as, for the first time, he becomes a pastor: For the rest of my life until retirement, barring getting sent away for further schooling or something like that, I’ll be a pastor of a parish.  It is kind of intimidating sitting here [Read More...]

Historic father and son ordination: “A great moment in the history of our faith”

It’s believed to be the first time in the U.S. that a father and son have been ordained at the same Mass. Details: “Charles Albert Hough the III.” Bishop Kevin Vann’s historic words rang out at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller as he called first the father… and then the son. “Charles [Read More...]

For priests: “Fall in love, stay in love, so love decides everything”

My pal Deacon Jim Keating was pleased to see the new deacons of Omaha featured here yesterday, and wondered if I could give a plug to Creighton University’s stellar Institute for Priestly Formation. Happy to! I know a couple guys who are there now—including Jeremy Canna, who spent his pastoral year at my parish.  For [Read More...]

Maine’s newest Catholic priest is the son of an Episcopal priest

He’s also married with children, and took a remarkable path into the Church and the priesthood. Details: When David Affleck was ordained earlier this month as Maine’s newest Roman Catholic priest, his wife, Katherine, sat in the pews at Portland’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Wait, what? A Catholic priest who’s married? With children? That [Read More...]

Ad multos annos! New priests for Brooklyn!

I was flying back from Indianapolis and missed the ordinations today, but above is the first picture of the new crop. Details on the men, from the Brooklyn Tablet: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio will ordain six men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Brooklyn at a Mass at St. James Cathedral-Basilica, 250 Cathedral Place, Downtown [Read More...]


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