Archdiocese for the Military Services ordains married former Anglican

Father Jerry Sherbourne ordained a Catholic priest by Archbishop Timothy Broglio at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. This e-mail from the Archdiocese for Military Services gives the details: Father Jerry Sherbourne, an active-duty U.S. Army Chaplain, and former Anglican priest, was ordained a Catholic priest Sunday at the Basilica [Read More...]

A woman priest on the walls of the catacombs?

Photo: AP Seems a stretch to me.  But make of it what you will. From the Associated Press: The Vatican on Tuesday unveiled newly restored frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla, known for housing the earliest known image of the Madonna with Child — and frescoes said by some to show women priests in the [Read More...]

“Journeys to Priesthood”: Must-see video on vocations from Los Angeles

It’s described in the current issue of The Tidings:  Men preparing for priesthood has increased in both numbers and diversity during the past five years, a trend captured in a video released last week by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office for Vocations. The video, “Follow Me: Journeys to Priesthood,” features interviews with seminarians and [Read More...]

Vatican says more than 2,600 religious leave their orders every year

Details:  According to figures compiled by the Vatican, more than 2,600 priests and consecrated female religious leave their orders every year – and the office that oversees religious life has cited lack of fidelity to the Church’s sexual teachings and disagreement over the reservation of priestly ordination to men as a leading reason. In all, [Read More...]

Ordination update: 2 new deacons for Portland

Details from the Catholic Sentinel:  Archbishop Alexander Sample ordained two men to the permanent diaconate at St. Mary Cathedral, reminding them that their call to the diaconate is not about achieving a special status, but to serve the people of God. “You are ordained here today for the community of the church,” said Archbishop Sample [Read More...]

Boom: Florida seminary plans major expansion

From the Sun Sentinel:  A surge of men choosing the Catholic priesthood has prompted a Boynton Beach seminary to begin a $7 million expansion project, including two new dormitories for 106 future priests. St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary’s student body has grown from 55 five years ago to 85 this year, said the Rev. David Toups, [Read More...]

Ordination update: 15 new deacons for Orange

Photo: Ken Steinhardt/Orange County Register From the Orange County Catholic:  With the hymn “One in Christ” as a musical backdrop, Bishop Kevin W.  Vann entered St. Columban Church in Garden Grove earlier this morning to ordain 15 new permanent deacons to serve in the Diocese of Orange. (Click here for the complete list.) “We are blessed to [Read More...]

Inspiring: 22-year-old cancer survivor joins the convent

A beautifully rendered story of survival and faith, from CNS and videographer Tyler Orsburn.  Take a look.  Keep this young woman in your prayers! The Dialog in Wilmington published this profile of the postulant: Up until a few weeks ago, Iliana Maldonado was a typical 20-something in the United States. She had a steady job [Read More...]

A Richmond miracle? Diocese boasts largest group of seminarians in decades

From the Virginian-Pilot:  A decade after the clergy sex-abuse scandal began to rock the Roman Catholic Church, the Diocese of Richmond has more young priests in the seminary pipeline than it has had in years. In all, 22 seminarians – including eight from Hampton Roads – are preparing to take the vows of ordination in [Read More...]

Could a woman vote for the next pope?—UPDATED

The notion of Pope Francis naming a woman cardinal is gaining more currency—though it’s hard to tell who, exactly, is spreading the idea. David Gibson from the Religion News Service has a closer look:  Whether it’s even possible is a matter of debate. But that hasn’t stopped the feverish speculation, which was sparked last month [Read More...]