"Be a man": an anthem for priestly discernment

Now, for something completely different, from Franciscan University, and the men who are in the Priestly Discernment program.  Evidently, a talent for performing tunes from Disney animated musicals (here, a production number from “Mulan”) is an important part of priestly discernment.  Who knew? Anyway, the audience clearly loved it.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

Boom: Scranton diocese doubles number of seminarians

How’d that happen?  Some answers: Encouraged by a proactive vocations office and a supportive bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s class of men studying to be priests has doubled in the last two years to 17 seminarians. The diocese last had as many seminarians in 2004, when 20 men were studying for the priesthood. [Read More...]

Why priests are happy

That’s the title of a new book, and the subject of a symposium on the topic held recently in Washington featuring, among others, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta. Details: Despite all the negative publicity of recent years, research shows U.S. Catholic priests are demonstrably among the happiest, most job-fulfilled and satisfied men in the country, [Read More...]

"Today is a glorious day for the church": beautiful ordination video from Milwaukee

It features something truly extraordinary, and deeply moving: the ordination of a man who is deaf.  Just watch. H/T Imprisoned in My Bones [Read more...]

A new deacon reflects: "It's almost indescribable."

As we reported here last week, Toledo recently ordained nine new deacons.  And a local paper chatted with one of them, Deacon John Walter (the third from the left above) who described his long formation and his “new line of work”: John F. Walter is a life-long resident of Seneca County and a retired farmer. [Read More...]

Nun on the run: future sister taking part in marathon

Running, it turns out, is habit-forming. Details: Her nun’s habit is too long to run with, so Stephanie Baliga won’t wear it when she runs in next month’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. But you still might be able to pick out Baliga from among the thousands of runners by the rosary beads that she’s [Read More...]

Trailblazers: Baltimore's first class of deacons, 40 years later

What was it like to be one of the first permanent deacons in the United States?  The Catholic Review chats with surviving members of the class of ’71: After Cardinal Lawrence Shehan ordained Deacon George Evans as one of the first permanent deacons in the United States 40 years ago, a lot of people didn’t [Read More...]

Ordination update: baker's dozen in Boston

The big news, from The Pilot: On a crisp, sunny, September morning at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley ordained 13 men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Boston. Deacons David A. Brooks, Christopher Z. Connelly, Paul David Coughlin, Joseph Bryere Guerrier, Geoffrey W. Higgins, Joseph J. Hopgood, Cheonil Kim, [Read More...]

Man of the century: priest celebrates Mass for 100th birthday

A Pennsylvania priest has hit a remarkable milestone: The Rev. Harry Lewis was born the year Chevrolet started competing with the Ford Model T. He served in the military at the Battle of the Bulge, became a priest the year “All About Eve” won the best picture Oscar and retired from priesthood as Ronald Reagan’s [Read More...]

Here they are: the "10 Happiest Jobs." And #1 is…

Take a wild guess. Read on, from Forbes: There are some surprises in the ten happiest jobs, as reported a General Social Survey by the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago. (I am indebted to Lew Perelman in drawing my attention to the Christian Science Monitor article.) 1.  Clergy:  The least worldly [Read More...]


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