Married Catholic priest: “I can’t be a good pastor if I’m a lousy dad or lousy husband”

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a story that will be familiar to a lot of deacons: On a January weeknight, Halyna Charron was finishing preparations of a dinner of spinach pie, pork and tabouli salad. Her husband, the Rev. Jason Charron, and all but the youngest of their six daughters, who range from 2 to 13 [Read More...]

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The need for native-speaking priests and deacons in New Zealand

Danny Karetea-Goddard at his ordination in July 2014, from New Zealand Catholic. From Radio New Zealand: At the most recent New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference, Bishop Barry Jones voiced concerns that the Mass in Te Reo was slowly dying due to a lack of priests, who could conduct them in Maori. Bishop Jones, a Pakeha, [Read More...]

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Meet the Jewish boy who grew up to be a married Catholic priest

I remember posting on (then-Deacon) Paul Schenck when he was ordained. He’s back in the news again;  a local paper in Pennsylvania covered his recent appearance at a Theology on Tap and discussed his work for pro-life causes: The Rev. Paul Schenck is a married Catholic priest. You may think that’s a poorly written sentence that should [Read More...]

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More from Fr. Joshua, the rapping priest—and a simply sensational vocations video, to boot—UPDATED

Jack Maguire, Social Media Coordinator at Ascension Press, dropped me a line today: Ascension Press just released a vocations video featuring Fr. Joshua. I thought you may be interested in sharing this as a followup to your initial post. The video goes into greater detail on Fr. Joshua’s conversion and his journey to the priesthood. Put [Read More...]

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Meet Fr. Joshua Johnson, Baton Rouge’s youngest priest—and a rapper. UPDATED

Joshua Johnson speaks to a group of young people at an archdiocesan revival meeting in 2014. From The Archdiocese of New Orleans Clarion Herald Following in the footsteps of Fr. Stan Fortuna? Details from The Baton Rouge Advocate: A young Catholic priest who enjoys rap music had a few confessions about his faith and his [Read More...]

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Ordination update: 11 new deacons for Arlington

Photo by Ashleigh Buyers | Catholic Herald Following up on the beautiful photo from last weekend, here’s a fuller report from The Arlington Catholic Herald:  Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde ordained 11 men to the permanent diaconate Jan. 17 at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More. The 11 new deacons are: Robert E. Benyo, Robert R. Gillispie, [Read More...]

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Galveston-Houston copes with declining number of nuns

From The Houston Chronicle: The decline in the numbers is a bit of a paradox. It well could be the defining problem facing the institution in coming decades, yet the sisterhood publicly faces it without blanching. “The numbers affect the general public and the media more than they do us personally,” said Sister Heloise Cruzat, [Read More...]

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Son to vest his father at diaconate ordination

I received the following e-mail yesterday from the Diocese of Arlington: I wanted to be sure you had our new release about the permanent diaconate ordination that will take place this weekend in Arlington, Va. We are very excited for the eleven men. I also thought you would enjoy hearing that one of the men, [Read More...]

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In praise of altar girls—UPDATED

As you may have heard, Cardinal Raymond Burke is not a fan of female altar servers:  It seems clear that many men are not being drawn into a deeper liturgical spirituality; today, many men are not being drawn to service at the altar. Young men and men respond to rigor and precision and excellence. When [Read More...]

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One seminarian’s journey: “I was angry with God. I told him, ‘I hate you. I don’t want to believe in you.’”

Photo: by Aprille Hanson / Arkansas Catholic From Arkansas Catholic:  When he was around 12 years old, Luis Miguel Pacheco, a frustrated, suffering kid in Mexico, told God he hated him. Just 16 years later, God changed his heart and is working through him to serve the Church. Pacheco, a 28-year-old seminarian, celebrated his diaconate [Read More...]

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