Something to chew on for Vocation Awareness Week

From the Facebook page of a friend who was ordained a priest last year: On the day of my ordination I was made a Priest. Now I spend the rest of my life becoming a Priest. Or, as a wiser person than myself has noted: God loves us into being, and creates each of us [Read More…]

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“We listen, and God moves us forward…”

My friend, the Trappist priest James Stephen Behrens at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Georgia, published the following reflection on time, and starting a new year, in the local paper. A snip:  Looking back is a common experience as a new year approaches. Nostalgia warms the heart as it evokes the past, making [Read More…]

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“Ordain a lady!”

My blog neighbor Marc Barnes posted the video below at his joint, “Bad Catholic” and noted: This might be the greatest video ever to happen to the Catholic Church. If I had tried to stick my tongue out at the kids who think a female priest isn’t a contradiction in terms, I wouldn’t have been [Read More…]

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Historic: dual ordination of priests and deacons

Details from the Catholic Transcript:  Tears of joy flowed among family members and others as the Archdiocese of Hartford welcomed three men to the priesthood and five men to the transitional diaconate during a two-and-a-half-hour ceremony Dec. 1 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. It was the first dual ordination of priests and deacons performed [Read More…]

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Secrets the preacher can’t share from the pulpit

From Connecticut comes this candid bit of spleen-venting from a Protestant pastor:  Eleven in the evening is well past my bedtime, which is to confess that I don’t have a particularly glamorous social life. A single man in late middle-age on a tight budget, I try to limit my trips to Monte Carlo to once-a-month [Read More…]

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Shock: Arkansas seminarian killed in car accident

This is heartbreaking news, just before Christmas, from the Arkansas Catholic: First-year seminarian Daniel Phillips was killed in a car wreck Dec. 18 near Danville. Son of John and Catherine Phillips, he graduated from high school in May and entered Holy Trinity Seminary near Dallas in August. He was 19. He attended Our Lady of [Read More…]

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Guess who else is facing a vocation shortage?

Buddhists: BAAN PA CHI, Thailand — The monks of this northern Thai village no longer perform one of the defining rituals of Buddhism, the early-morning walk through the community to collect food. Instead, the temple’s abbot dials a local restaurant and has takeout delivered. “Most of the time, I stay inside,” said the abbot, Phra [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 12 new deacons for Columbus

Hello, Columbus! There’s a full write up in a recent edition of the Catholic Times.   Congratulations, brothers, and welcome!  Ad multos annos!   [Read more…]

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National Catholic Reporter endorses women priests—UPDATED

But somehow, this doesn’t surprise me. How much longer until the name becomes the National Christian Reporter? Details:  In an editorial published Monday morning, a prominent Catholic newspaper endorsed the controversial movement to ordain women priests. Calling the priesthood a “gift from God … rooted in baptism,” the National Catholic Reporter says that “barring women from ordination [Read More…]

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What’s the only vocation that grew in the United States last year?

Three guesses. From Catholic World News:  The number of religious sisters in the United States fell from 57,113 to 55,045 in a one-year period, according to data in the 2011 and 2012 editions of The Official Catholic Directory. During the same period:  the number of priests fell slightly from 40,271 to 40,203 the number of seminarians [Read More…]

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