"I have decided not to accept the call to Holy Orders…" — UPDATED

A reader sent me the link to this bulletin, which carries the note below from a deacon candidate responding to the disturbing news in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.  He was scheduled to be ordained a deacon last weekend, but withdrew at the last minute. His statement: Dear Holy Family Parish: After a great deal [Read More...]

Sacramento gets its first married priest

Several months ago, I posted an item on this man’s unusual journey to the priesthood.  Now, his journey is complete. He was ordained with two other men this weekend: A Protestant convert to Catholicism has become the first married priest in the Diocese of Sacramento. He was among three men ordained by Bishop Jaime Soto [Read More...]

Meet two sisters who are Sisters

Why aren’t there more like them?  A Dubuque newspaper looks for some answers: Thousands of tri-state area Catholic families are only a couple of generations removed from daily Mass, nightly family rosaries and schools staffed by religious sisters. It was from that heavily religious milieu that hundreds of priests, brothers and sisters, often from the [Read More...]

Twin brothers who were friars die within hours of each other at 92

A remarkable and touching story from Buffalo: From the moment of their birth in Buffalo 92 years ago, twin brothers Julian and Adrian Riester rarely left each other’s side. They played together, went to school together, as young men traveled cross-country together — and, in their 20s, joined the Franciscan order together. And on Wednesday, [Read More...]

Meet the U.S.'s largest ordination class

It’s the new priests from Newark: 18 in all. Story here. They were ordained Saturday.  Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

On Memorial Day: remembering the "Four Chaplains"

A reader alerted me to this item in the Huffington Post, recalling the so-called “Immortal Chaplains” who went down with the USAT Dorchester in 1943. As Wikipedia notes: The “Immortal Chaplains” were four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel during the sinking of the troop ship [Read More...]

Ordination update: 27 new deacons in Brooklyn

Think I could overlook Brooklyn?  Fuggedaboutit. From the In My Backyard Desk: the ordinations happened this morning, and will surely mark a Memorial Day weekend these men and their families will never forget. The sacrament was celebrated at Our Lady of Angels Church in Brooklyn — one of the largest in the diocese, and a [Read More...]

Ordination update: 10 new deacons for Camden

From the New Jersey Turnpike bureau comes this heartening report:   On Saturday, May 21, in Glassboro, 10 men in the Camden Diocese were ordained as deacons, after completing six years of formation and readying themselves to be of service to God and the Catholic community. Bishop Joseph A. Galante performed the Rite of Ordination [Read More...]

In Baltimore, 14 on the 14th

New deacons, that is.  Ordination season is just beginning. Details, from the Catholic Review: Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien will ordain 14 men to the permanent diaconate May 14 during a 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland. Hailing from as far west as Oakland in Garrett County, the soon-to-be deacons [Read More...]

"Your Holiness, it is time for women deacons…"

Somehow I missed this when it was published several days ago, but it’s worth a look: an open letter by researcher and author Phyllis Zagano on the thorny issue of women being ordained…not as priests, but as deacons. A snip: I am not writing to argue for woman priests. But you told me many years [Read More...]


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