"Do you know what brings you gladness?"

That’s the stirring question at the heart of a recent post by spiritual writer Tony Woodlief, and the point of it seems to echo something that was mentioned at the royal wedding last weekend: “If you become whom God meant you to be, you will set the world on fire.” Doesn’t the world need more [Read More...]

Deafness and Darth: one seminarian's story

One of the man about to be ordained in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is a huge fan of “Star Wars” — who also happens to have been born deaf. Details, from the Catholic Herald: People may be surprised to learn that Darth Vadar, chief antagonist in the original trilogy, is the favorite “Star Wars” character [Read More...]

Happy Mother's Day, to the mothers of priests

Every priest has a mother — and now there’s news about a group of mothers who have banded together to support their sons’ vocations. Details, from CNS: When Father John Helmueller was ordained to the priesthood 10 years ago for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D., he was not the only member of his family [Read More...]

SOLT of the earth: son of tribal chieftan ordained to priesthood

And now for something completely different. The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity  or SOLT (Fr. Corapi’s order) has proudly announced the ordination of its first native priest from Papua, New Guinea. Before the ordination, Fr. Peter Ripa — the son of a tribal chieftan — donned traditional dress, seen below. From [Read More...]

New seminary to be named for Blessed John Paul

It will be in Washington, DC, according to CNS: Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington has announced that the new archdiocesan seminary opening for the fall semester will be named for Blessed Pope John Paul II. The seminary, which will be located in Northeast Washington will serve as a college-level pre-theology house of formation, with [Read More...]

Meet Maryknoll's bicycle priest

They may be looking for bike blessings in New York this weekend, but here’s a priest offering blessings by bike every day: Imagine 150 million people on land the size of Iowa. Part of the country doesn’t have any infrastructure. The people are predominately Muslim with a large Hindu minority in a country that is [Read More...]

Ladies and gentlemen, the Dominicans

Here’s a terrific short video about the order, full of wonder and reverence and joy. H/T CMR. [Read more...]

How are vocations doing? The numbers tell the story

Over at Catholic Vote, Thomas Peters is touting some interesting statistics about this year’s class of ordinands. The USCCB has been publishing a report on men being ordained as priests for the last 15 years. A little Googling, though, reveals a little more. This year, according to the USCCB, 480 men are to be ordained [Read More...]

Top 50 blogs for seminarians

Well, whataya know? A website has decided to put together a handy list for seminarians of all faiths who are hunting online for information and news about religion and religious formation — and Your Humble Blogger merited a mention. Visit the site, Theology Degrees, to see who else is on their list.  You’ll find a [Read More...]

These monks want you to friend them on Facebook

Like many monastaries, the Benedictine house at Portsmouth Abbey in Rhode Island is seeing its enrollments dwindle down to next-to-nothing.  And they’re trying to reach a new audience using new technology. From the New York Times: The Benedictine monks at the Portsmouth Abbey in Portsmouth, R.I., have a problem. They are aging — five are [Read More...]


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