Ordination update: 2 new deacons for the Archdiocese of Military Services

Details from the Archdiocese website:   The Archdiocese for the Military Services(AMS)celebrated the ordination of two permanent deacons for service to those who serve. Roy Mellon and Joseph Pak, both American citizens and members of the AMS faithful working inthe Republic of Korea, were ordained Saturday in a solemn Mass in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate [Read More…]

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Love carries on: the story behind this sensational photo

How is this for love? From Battle Rattle/Marine Times:  Former Marine Staff Sgt. Jesse Cottle told KTVB in Idaho that he joined the Corps in 2003. The explosive ordinance disposal Marine was on a foot patrol in Afghanistan in 2009 when he stepped on a pressure plate that triggered a blast. Cottle was left a double amputee, [Read More…]

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First look: the new deacons of Joliet

A reader sent this my way: the first shot of the newly ordained deacons from the Diocese of Joliet (whom I first mentioned here.).  Congratulations, brothers! [Read more…]

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Dear Miley…

I’m sure by now you’ve had your fill of the shock, outrage, apoplexy, hysteria and hilarity that have ensued following your headline-making appearance on MTV the other night. How does it feel to be a cultural icon for all that’s wrong with western civilization? I imagine your manager has sent you flowers and congratulatory notes. [Read More…]

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I just love this image of St. Monica

I’ve seen her on the subway, shopping at Key Food, nibbling on french fries at McDonald’s, her mind clearly on something else.  I imagine you’ve seen her, too. Keep her in your prayers.  These are tough times to be a kid. And tough times to be a mother. St. Monica, on this your feast day, [Read More…]

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How life in the slums changed the Pope

A friend passed along a recent issue of The Tablet, the weekly magazine from the UK. It includes an excerpt from a new book on Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis: Untying the Knots by Paul Vallely. Unfortunately, it’s only available online to subscribers. (You can visit the link here). But the excerpt charts the transformation [Read More…]

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Next time you type an email address, thank a monk

Researchers say monks invented one of the most commonly used internet abbreviations. From Huffington Post:  The @ symbol is one of the Internet’s most ubiquitous characters; and modern writers would probably be hard-pressed to think of a way that they would use it in a non-digital context. However, the “at” sign was actually invented hundreds of [Read More…]

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Bread of life: pope celebrates daily Mass with hosts made by women prisoners

Who knew? Details from CNS:  During summer vacation season, when there is no congregation of Vatican workers and no homily, Pope Francis continues to celebrate daily Mass in his residence and, since mid-July, has been using hosts made by women incarcerated in an Argentine prison. The hosts were delivered to the pope July 16 by [Read More…]

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Bishop blesses ranch site of Catholic college from horse-drawn carriage

Well now: there’s a picture you don’t see every day. Complete with altar server in surplice. Yee-haw! Details (and a prominent mention of one of our Patheos writers!) below: Bishop David Ricken, a founder of Wyoming Catholic College, flicked holy water across the prairie as a horse drawn cart took him over a portion of [Read More…]

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Jimmy Akin: “It is the anniversary of my wife’s death…”

Jimmy Akin writes, from a deep well:  Every year in August I have a series of special days. First, the 22nd (Queenship of Mary) is the anniversary of my reception into the Church. Then comes my birthday. Then, on the 26th, it is the anniversary of my wife’s death. Visit his site for more. And [Read More…]

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Meet Philadelphia’s youngest pastor

If you’re wondering: he’s the one on the left. From CatholicPhilly.com:  In late May Father Dan Kredensor, a theology teacher at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor for the past two years, started planning activities with students on the ministry team for the upcoming school year. It’s been said that when you make plans, God [Read More…]

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Here come the Anglicans: “We are on a pilgrimage together”

Today, the Boston Globe offers a glimpse inside the Anglican ordinariate.  Details:  Before Mass on a recent Sunday, the Rev. Jurgen Liias stood in a cramped sacristy of a Catholic church with an acolyte and cantor and began a call-and-response prayer of preparation. Incense smoldered. The men thumped their chests in a gesture of contrition. [Read More…]

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You can’t watch this video and be unmoved by the plight of Egypt’s Christians

A priest reader sent this my way and he said he found it “sobering.” I find it devastating. The music: Procession (The Trisagion) by St. Symeon Orthodox Church Trio “Antiphony” from the album Their Souls Shall Dwell With the Blessed: A Service For Those Who Have Fallen Asleep. Pray for Egypt. [Read more…]

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Letter to a new deacon

  One of the Redemptorist priests I met last week on retreat was Fr. John McKenna. He was excited to share with me the news that a friend of his from a previous parish was about to be ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Wilmington. (The deacon is Jim Mueller—one of nine men ordained [Read More…]

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Fit for God: Why priests need to stay in shape

Deacons, too, of course! This gives new meaning to the idea of “exercising your ministry.” Check out this piece from Chaz Muth at Catholic News Service:  On a recent hot summer evening, a group of lacrosse players gathered around a fellow athlete on the Gonzaga College High School field before the start of their game. [Read More…]

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“You don’t think this is ever going to happen to your church”: Landmark Maine church prepares for sale

Photo: Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Details, from the Lewiston-Auborn Sun Journal:  Few prayers remain for St. Louis Catholic Church. The neo-Gothic landmark still sits just as it did when its last congregation gathered there in April. Stacks of spring fliers now gather dust on a table near the broad front doors facing Third Street. The grand [Read More…]

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Every husband—or husband-to-be—should read this

Advice from a man whose 16-year marriage just ended:   There’s something about my divorce being finalized this week that gives me perspective of things I wish I would have done different… After losing a woman that I loved, and a marriage of almost 16 years, here’s the advice I wish I would have had 1. [Read More…]

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“Jesus does not exclude anyone…”

From Pope Francis today: Jesus tells us that there is a gate that allows us to enter into God’s family, into the warmth of the house of God, of communion with Him. This gate is Jesus himself (cf. Jn 10:9). He is the gate. He is the gateway to salvation. He leads us to the [Read More…]

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