New York Times: Vatican being "challenged" on women priests

A key player, according to the report in the New York Times, is Fr. Ray Bourgeois, pictured below at the attempted ordination of a woman a couple years ago. Details: More than 150 Roman Catholic priests in the United States have signed a statement in support of a fellow cleric who faces dismissal for participating [Read More...]

Nearing the goal: update on soccer player studying for the priesthood

He made news a few years back, when he gave up a lucrative professional soccer career for the priesthood.  How’s he doing? The Washington Post has an update: Chase Hilgenbrinck looks back on his first few months at Mount St. Mary’s and wonders how he did it. His decision to leave behind a Major League [Read More...]

Trading in a badge and gun for the cross

From Delaware comes this great story of a former New York cop (he’s the one in the middle, below) who was recently ordained a priest for Wilmington. Check it out: Newly ordained Catholic priest Anthony F. Cardone comes to the job with plenty of experience in the study of diplomacy, security and sin. A former [Read More...]

A great video on a week in the life of a priest

From Australia.  (With a big H/T to CNS.) This should shatter a few misconceptions, and give a little inspiration, too. [Read more...]

The 3 M's of the priesthood

From Zenit, by way of Padre Steve at Da Mihi Animas, comes this beautiful meditation on the priesthood, whose “3 Ms” are missionary, mediator and martyr. The source is Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, speaking at the ordination of a friar in Rome last weekend: The secretary of the Vatican dicastery [the Vatican's Congregation for the [Read More...]

"These are the most important words in history…"

That’s the beautiful sentiment of the novice pictured below, describing to the New York Times some of what she was thinking at the moment the photograph was taken. The Times magazine this weekend looks at the popular — and growing — Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Michigan.  (Mary Ann Marks — [Read More...]

Nun holds world record: 84 years in the cloister

In fact, she entered the same day that Joseph Ratzinger was born. Details, from ZENIT: She entered the Cistercian Buenafuente del Sistal Convent the day that Joseph Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) was born, and today Sister Teresa is 103 years old and the world’s record holder for having lived the longest as a cloistered nun. [Read More...]

From bulletproof vest to vestments

From Alaska comes this unusual story of a divorced father recently ordained a priest (shown below with his daughter): It started out as just another routine day on patrol for Officer Steve Gallagher cruising the streets of Olympia, Wash. At an imposing 6’ 4” and 240 pounds, armed with a .45 caliber Heckler and Koch [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We were more than forty candidates, who, at the solemn call on that radiant summer day, which I remember as the high point of my life, responded “Adsum”, Here I am. We should not be superstitious; but, at that moment when the elderly archbishop laid his hands on me, a little bird—perhaps a lark—flew up [Read More...]

A priest forever: one man's career after the collar

He’s still serving others. Details, from the Post Crescent in Wisconsin: Tending to the needs of others is a natural part of Gary Crevier’s character. “My whole life has been of service, people helping people,” said Crevier, 69, of Appleton. During his childhood, his parents were foster parents. “That whole aspect of reaching out to [Read More...]


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