WSJ: “Traditional Catholicism is winning…renewal is coming”

The authors of a book called “Beyond the Catholic Culture Wars” offer their assessment of the Church today: In his Holy Thursday homily at St. Peter’s Basilica on April 5, Pope Benedict XVI denounced calls from some Catholics for optional celibacy among priests and for women’s ordination. The pope said that “true renewal” comes only [Read More...]

The divorced Protestant who became one of California’s most popular priests

A California paper recently took a long look at one of the region’s most colorful and popular priests in the Diocese of San Bernardino: When the Rev. Howard Lincoln addresses the 6,000-plus faithful who will attend Masses at Sacred Heart Church this morning, the popular and charismatic Catholic priest will share a message that reflects [Read More...]

Wanted: Spanish-speaking deacons

This is an issue in my own diocese, as well.  Details: The harvest is plentiful in the Diocese of Salt Lake City, which is seeking laborers in the form of deacons to minister to the Spanish-speaking flock. “It was a request of the pastors, that they need deacons who speak Spanish because that is where [Read More...]

Off the farm and into the convent: “This feels natural. I like it here.”

An uplifting vocation story from Kansas: Last year at this time, 22-year-old Annie Stuhlsatz and the older siblings in her family were planning to dye Easter eggs and hide them in baskets of grass and green wheat gathered from the fields around their small farm in the shadow of St. Mary Aleppo Church. On Easter [Read More...]

One man’s letter to friends: “I have decided that I will be leaving the seminary…”

A friend posted the note below on his Facebook page four days ago.  With his permission, I reprint it here in its entirety, minus his name.  I found it moving, brave and more than a little bit wise.  Please keep this young man, and so many like him, in your prayers.  Dcn. G. +++ Dear [Read More...]

Priest ordained early to fulfill father’s dying wish

A beautiful vocation story, courtesy the National Catholic Register: In the past several months, new priest Father Richard Dyer has experienced  deeply the highs and lows of the Christian life. In late December, he was ordained a priest six months early for the Diocese  of Arlington, Va., by Bishop Paul Loverde to fulfill his dying [Read More...]

Answering the call again, and again, and again: families with multiple vocations

Vocations shortage?  What vocations shortage?  Over at Our Sunday Visitor, they’ve got an interesting roundup on families that have more than one child who has entered the priesthood or religious life. Take, for example, the Hopkins crew, with three priests and one nun: At one time, Sister Catherine Marie Hopkins, who grew up near Syracuse, N.Y., [Read More...]

Spain launches vocation drive among the unemployed

Details: The Roman Catholic Church is hoping that they can tempt young men to join the priesthood to reverse a trend that has left many parishes across Spain without a priest. A new campaign launched this week by Spain’s Episcopal Conference promises a secure job with a modest salary that offers eternal rewards. “I do [Read More...]

Must-see video of the day: a tap-dancing seminarian

Really!  Behold, the terpsichorean skills of David Rider. From the good folks at CNS, here’s a description from Robert Duncan of how it came to be: I briefly met David Rider two years ago in New York City while on retreat at the archdiocesan seminary. I was surprised to run into him on the streets [Read More...]

“You never know what the Lord has in store for you”: the remarkable story of a vocation 65 years in the making

How’s this for a really late vocation?  From Ottawa: For nearly half a century, Gérard Lafrenière was devoted to his wife, and, by all accounts, fulfilled his vows to love, honour and cherish her. Yet, he had another love, too. In 2009, two years after his wife of 49 years, Gisèle Viau, died, Lafrenière fulfilled [Read More...]


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