Meet the priest who serves as umpire at the U.S. Open

The annual tennis match is unfolding just down the road from where I live, and it turns out one of those watching from above is a Catholic priest. From the New York Times: So a Catholic priest walks onto a tennis court. Seriously. It happens, for Father Paul Arinze, every day at the United States [Read More...]

More men asking about becoming military chaplains

Are vocations to chaplaincy on the rebound?  Last week, the Archdiocese for Military Services issued a release that indicates that could be the case: Father Kerry Abbott, OFM Conv., Director of Vocations, said, “This is one of the ‘untold stories’ of the blessings of the Holy Spirit upon the Church and those Faithful fervently seeking to [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on priests

“People say that there is a scarcity of priests. In truth, what an adorable mystery it is that there still are priests. They no longer have any human advantage. Celibacy, solitude, hatred very often, derision and, above all the indifference of a world in which there seems to be no longer room for them—such is [Read More...]

Where the "pastor" is a woman

Technically, she’s a “Minister of Parish Life.”  But last month, Dorothy Carlson was named to lead a parish in the Diocese of San Jose, California.  While this move is hardly unprecedented, it is unusual. The Diocese of San Jose website has the details: “Minister of Parish Life”…new phrase, new idea, new job description? Yes, and [Read More...]

Phoenix bans altar girls from serving at cathedral

I imagine this news will stir up some debate around the diocese: The Rev. John Lankeit, rector of the cathedral, said he made the decision in hopes of promoting the priesthood for males and other religious vocations, such as becoming a nun, for females. Made up primarily of fifth- through eighth-graders the altar-server corps in [Read More...]

A "dying breed": nuns disappearing from hospitals

Given the dwindling vocations, this shouldn’t be a shock.  But it’s sad news nonetheless: When Sister Mary Jean Ryan entered the convent as a young nurse in 1960, virtually every department of every Catholic hospital was run by a nun, from pediatrics to dietary to billing. After her retirement on July 31 as the chief [Read More...]

"Live the years of your formation in deep joy…"

The pope spoke to seminarians in Spain today — and his words carry a message, I think, for deacon candidates, too: Dear friends, you are preparing yourselves to become apostles with Christ and like Christ, and to accompany your fellow men and women along their journey as companions and servants. How should you behave during [Read More...]

What about the families of former Anglican priests?

A few months back, I posted an item about one Anglican clergyman’s leap of faith, and questions surrounding how he would support his family once he became a Catholic priest. This morning, National Catholic Register has more about him, and others like him: When Father Ian Hellyer, a Catholic priest in England, figures his personal [Read More...]

Deaf priest: "I want to be a bridge…"

He is that rarity in the Catholic Church: a deaf priest, embarking on an extraordinary ministry  that seeks to preach The Word to those who cannot hear. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Father Christopher Klusman stands at the back of St. Roman Catholic Church on Milwaukee’s south side and greets worshippers after the Saturday night [Read More...]

Married priest: "A celibate priest can give so much more"

That comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were — from a former Anglican in the UK who is now a Catholic priest. From the BBC: A married Roman Catholic priest from Burnley has said he believes the church is correct to prefer single celibate clergy in their parishes. Father Paul Blackburn is the [Read More...]


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