Holy enrollers: boomers causing a boom at divinity schools

More of those over 50 are embarking on a second career — in religion. Details, from TIME magazine: Boomers are the fastest-growing demographic at U.S. divinity schools, according to the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), an organization of more than 250 theological graduate schools in the U.S. and Canada. The under-30 crowd may still be [Read More...]

One man's journey from the military to the Franciscans

Here’s a surprising, and surprisingly touching, video from the March for Life, about a vocation that grew from an unlikely place. Further proof: you never know how God will work. [Read more...]

Would a married priesthood solve problems, or cause them?

After we’ve all torn our hair out over the canonical question of continence, now might be a good time to reflect on the issue of a married clergy in general — and the priesthood, in particular. I’ve lost count of the number of times people have asked me, “Wouldn’t you like to be a priest?,” [Read More...]

Snow day for the sisters!

I think it was Leon Bloy who wrote that “joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.” Well, then, there’s a whole lot of God in the gals  below.  A merry h/t to Lizzie Scalia for sharing this.  I found it not only joy-filled, but unexpectedly moving. Ever wonder how nuns spend [Read More...]

Here they are — UPDATED

The three men (still in dalmatics) who today became the first in the world ordained under the new Anglican ordinariate. You can read more details here. And Rocco adds this nugget: A daughter of the freshly-named ordinary proclaimed one of the readings at the Mass, and in the rite’s emotional high-point, the new priests’ vestments [Read More...]

Where are all the Catholic chaplains?

A new study indicates thata the chaplains serving the military don’t really mirror the people they serve. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via Huffington: A military chaplains serves as both a religious leader and a listener — ideally one who can assist military personnel of all faiths. A frequent refrain among chaplains is “chaplain to [Read More...]

Here come more deacons — UPDATED

They’ll be ordained this weekend in Arlington, Virginia, and Bishop Paul Loverde has penned a fine tribute to the men and their formation: Many times during their five-year formation program, I have been moved by the loving support given to the men by their families, particularly by their wives. All the ordinandi this year are [Read More...]

After the "God Squad," priest still hits the road

The priest who got into trademark trouble last year with a big retail chain is still getting attention. The story, from Gannett Wisconsin Media: Father Luke Strand has sold his black Volkswagen Beetle that landed him in hot water last year. Instead, he’s driving a GMC Terrain and moving on with his spiritual life. “It [Read More...]

From bishop to layman to deacon to priest

That’s the unusual trajectory that three former Anglican bishops in Great Britain will take over the next two weeks. From Damien Thompson: So it turns out that John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton will spend less than two weeks as laymen. According to the Friends of the Ordinariate website, the former bishops of Fulham, Ebbsfleet [Read More...]

If I had a hammer: nuns helping rebuild New Orleans

How cool is this? An inspiring story of sisters who are in the habit (heh) of rebuilding homes. Details: Sister Paula Gonzalez — dressed in sweats and sneakers — was directing a fellow nun to the ceiling of a closet — the last area in need of insulation before the group begins hanging drywall in [Read More...]