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...]

"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...]


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