In Philadelphia, deacons will witness marriages and wear the collar—UPDATED

A deacon in the City of Brotherly Love sent me an e-mail about a little brotherly love from the archbishop. Below is the text of a letter sent to the priests and deacons of Philadelphia: February 13, 2013  Dear Brother Priests and Deacons, An important part of the life and work of the Church [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 12 new deacons for Atlanta

I first posted on them a couple weeks ago.   Now, full details are in the Georgia Bulletin, including the story of the deacon in a wheelchair, Francis Head: With its incense and ancient prayers, the ordination Mass was celebrated Saturday, Feb. 2, as friends and family crowded Christ the King Cathedral. The new deacons [Read More…]

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“People are literally fighting over who gets to give me communion…”

That’s one of the more bizarre quotes by an excommunicated Ohio woman who yesterday attempted ordination as a Catholic priest. Get Religion notes that the Toledo Blade did a better-than-average job of covering the run-up to this event; the paper actually mentioned prominently that Beverly Bingle’s ordination was not recognized by the Catholic Church, and [Read More…]

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In praise of deacon wives

Rhode Island Catholic, while spotlighting the first ordination of deacons in Providence in a decade, also is giving some well-deserved attention to the deacons’ wives:  Diana Davis, a syndicated columnist and author of Deacon Wives: Fresh Ideas to Encourage Your Husband and the Church, shares the importance for women to receive support from other deacon [Read More…]

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Bishop to deacons: “You will give glory to God and comfort to His people…”

Below is Bishop Thomas Tobin’s homily at the ordination of deacons, celebrated on February 2 in Providence, Rhode Island.  You can see a video of the homily and read more about the ordination at this link.  +++ To the deacon candidates about to be ordained for the service of Christ and His Church, we extend [Read More…]

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Benedictine artist Father Maur van Doorslaer dies

You have probably seen his work in gift shops or churches and not even realized it.  The image above —depicting The Last Supper— shows his distinctive, simple style. Details, from the Los Angeles Times: Father Maur van Doorslaer lived a kind of double life. For decades, the Benedictine monk spent half the year working in [Read More…]

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Act of Providence: diocese ordains 21 deacons, first class in a decade—UPDATED

Details, from the diocesan website:  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence today announced that after years of intense preparation, the first Permanent Diaconate class since 2002 will be ordained Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will preside over the ordination of 21 men as [Read More…]

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First look: Atlanta’s new deacons

These come from the Facebook page of the Georgia Bulletin.  Archbishop Wilton Gregory ordained 12 new deacons Saturday.  Details to come soon. Meantime, congratulations, brothers!  Ad multos annos!    [Read more…]

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Why not women priests?

Dominican Father Wojciech Giertych, Theologian to the Papal Household, offers his thoughts, in this video from CNS. [Read more…]

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Ordination update: 29 new deacons in Galveston-Houston

Details, from the Texas Catholic Herald News:  Twenty-nine men received the sacrament of Holy Orders in a Mass celebrated Jan. 26 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. For each, it marked the end of six years of rigorous study and pastoral formation — and the beginning of consecrated life in the Permanent Diaconate of [Read More…]

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