“What an uplifting feeling to know that God has blessed this Church with so many priestly vocations…”

It’s not every day that an American priest gets to celebrate Mass with several hundred seminarians in India.  But Msgr. John Kozar of CNEWA (um, he would be my boss) did just that the other day while on a pastoral visit, and he blogged about it: We arrived a little after 6 a.m. at St. Thomas [Read More…]

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56 years later, priest survivors of Andrea Doria tell their story

An ambitious undertaking by a seminarian is throwing new light on a dramatic moment of history: It’s been almost 60 years since the Andrea Doria sank 200 miles off Nantucket Island, but retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Goedert hasn’t forgotten that day or his journey on that ship. And if Mundelein seminarian Kyle Lee has his [Read More…]

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Vocations surging in Great Britain

Some happy news from across the pond: A few years ago he was a roadie with a band, living what he admits was a rock’n’roll lifestyle. Today, 42-year-old Rob Hunt is training for the Catholic priesthood in a seminary in central London. It’s a very different way of life from what he’s been used to. [Read More…]

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Mother Dolores Hart heads back to Hollywood

The celebrated former movie star and cloistered nun will be returning to the Oscars later this month — and walking the red carpet in her habit. Details, from USA TODAY: If you spot a nun roaming the red carpet during the Oscar telecast Feb. 26, don’t adjust your set. Mother Dolores is not flying or singing, but [Read More…]

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“The permanent diaconate was an unexpected blessing of the Second Vatican Council”

The National Catholic Register has a good, long piece on the diaconate in its newest issue, marking the 45th anniversary of the restoration of the restoration of the order in the Latin Church: Deacon Thomas Dubois, executive director of the National Association of Diaconate Directors, believes that the rapid growth of the permanent diaconate in [Read More…]

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“God wanted me ordained without her being there…”

As part of her master’s project at Iowa State University, Eloisa Perez-Lozano documented the immigrant experience of three families in Marshalltown, Iowa.  One of those families included Deacon Felix Hernandez, whose wife ended up being deported in a raid shortly before his ordination in 2009. As the National Catholic Reporter tells it: Immigration and Customs [Read More…]

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Meet Fr. Don, the surfer priest

This is a great video about a priest who surfs: Fr. Don Calloway.  But that’s just the beginning.  He’s got a great story — and a great message. Curious for more?  Check out his website. [Read more…]

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A seminarian on preaching: “The first thing I do is pray…”

Catholic San Francisco has been following the pastoral year of seminarian Tony Vallecillo as he moves closer to ordination in 2014.  The latest installment in the series looks at the experience he is gaining preaching: The self-described perfectionist spent 10 hours reading, researching, ruminating and rehearsing to deliver the seven-minute “reflection,” the equivalent of the [Read More…]

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From TV producer to priest?

That’s even more improbable than making the leap from TV producer to deacon. The Milwaukee Catholic Herald has the scoop: A producer, one might say, is not unlike a parish priest organizing a liturgy for a special occasion. Before enrolling at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Tony Budnick spent more than a decade [Read More…]

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A hermitage gets a deacon

This is something a little unusual, and worth noting: a monk ordained a deacon for a small hermitage in Texas. Details: Brother Martin Mary’s first visit to the Mount Carmel Hermitage in Christoval touched his soul. A bright college kid from the Dallas-Fort Worth area with aspirations of attending medical school, Martin Mary spent an [Read More…]

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