In Japan, nun helps rescue animals after disaster

Who knew?  Here’s a great story about a sister exercising a unique ministry to the survivors in Japan — some of them, the four-legged variety: Sister Michael Marie spent nearly two weeks in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami March 11, helping pet owners and farm owners cope and find hope amid the despair. [Read More...]

Rutgers update: school revises its press release on woman "bishop"

Some heartening news. A deacon reader, Tom Lang, learning about the misleading (and inaccurate) press release Rutgers issued about the appearance of a Catholic woman “bishop,” dropped a line to Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormack, expressing serious concerns. President McCormick wrote back: Thank you for your message about the upcoming lecture at Rutgers-Camden by Patricia [Read More...]

I love these gals

The Sisters of Life have an office in my building, and I always get a kick out of seeing them on the elevator or in the lobby or striding down the sidewalk, headed for the subway.  They’re a young order, of young women, and they radiate enthusiasm and joy. The ones I’ve encountered aren’t exactly [Read More...]

Meet a modern hermit

She’s a widow, doing her thing outside Baltimore (go Terps!) and took a moment to chat with Margaret Cabaniss at  Inside Catholic. Snip: What does your average day look like? If you go back to the desert fathers, they say, “Go sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything.” That’s the kind [Read More...]

"What I tell my altar servers…"

A few thoughtful words from Fr. Dwight Longenecker… Snip: You’re not really employed to be useful. You’re employed to help lead the worship. As long as you understand that, everything else that we teach you will follow. You see, all of us work together to lead the people of God in the worship of God [Read More...]

Called to preach: how a priest overcame stuttering

Here’s a remarkable story of a priest who conquered an all-too-common (and for many, terrifying) problem: The last thing a priest wants to do at a funeral is mess up the name of the deceased. For one funeral in 1973, this was Monsignor John K. Cody’s biggest fear. So he practiced speaking the woman’s name, [Read More...]

Bringing faith to the marketplace — really

Meet a friar who spent a month evangelizing in the middle of a shopping mall. From the Catholic Sentinel: Dominican Father Tony Wall thinks Catholics should spend more time living out their faith in the marketplace. That’s why he spent every day, except Sunday, for a month in Portland’s Lloyd Center Mall. Father Wall, a [Read More...]

University hosts "female Catholic bishop"? Really?

Someone should do a better job of checking her credentials. Details: Rutgers University in Camden will host a woman theologian next week whom the university describes as a “female Catholic bishop.” “Roman Catholic Bishop Patricia Fresen, one of only three ordained female bishops in the world,” will lecture at the university at 12:20 p.m. April [Read More...]

On Fr. Benedict Groeschel: "He was not a stereotypical saint"

While a lot of attention these days is focused on a celebrated priest who until recently was a star on EWTN, one blogger, Daniel Nichols, is taking a fond look at another, very different EWTN star, Fr. Benedict Groeschel: I was among the first postulants when the  community he  helped found broke away from the Capuchins to live [Read More...]

"Married clergy is not why we have so many young priests…"

The Eastern church’s new young archbishop sat down for a chat with CNS this week. And he had some interesting things to say about his church and vocations: The new head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, its youngest bishop, said he believes the other bishops elected him to promote unity within the church and with [Read More...]


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