The life of a priest: "Too much of a good thing"

At my parish, we’re in the middle of an annual novena to St. John Vianney, praying for vocations to the priesthood. It’s a beautiful tradition in our church; we begin the novena with a jubiliarian celebrating mass, and we conclude nine days later with a newly ordained priest, who also offers special individual blessings after [Read More...]

Wearing your faith on your sleeve

From Hawaii comes this engaging photo essay about devoutly religious men and women, from different faiths, who are proud to show what they believe by what they wear and how they dress. Consider this profile of a sister: “Living in poverty and simplicity is easier,” says Sister Linh Nguyen. I don’t have to think: What [Read More...]

Clergy group invokes "fraternal correction" on American priests

After a statement supporting the dissident priest Fr. R0y Bourgeois got prominent play in the New York Times this weekend, a group of Catholic clergy has released a rare public statement of “fraternal correction.” The press release: Motivated out of the loving bond of brotherhood between all men in Holy Orders, the Confraternity of Catholic [Read More...]

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...]


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