Ordination Update: 8 New Deacons for Arlington

From the Catholic Herald:  For the first time since Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde reinstated the permanent diaconate formation program in 2005, transitional and permanent deacons were ordained together in a June 1 ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington. Father Thomas P. Ferguson, diocesan director of diaconate formation, said that the [Read More…]

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On Choosing a Vocation: “Making Yourself is Different Than Producing a Product…”

A little profundity —and a challenge to the world—from David Brooks, in the New York Times: A human life is not just a means to produce outcomes, it is an end in itself. When we evaluate our friends, we don’t just measure the consequences of their lives. We measure who they intrinsically are. We don’t [Read More…]

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Mass Appeal: Celebrating the Liturgy—But Not in Church

Last month, I posted the unusual story about Mass being celebrated in a Manila shopping mall. Turns out, that’s not the only non-sacred place people can attend Mass in the Philippines: Every Sunday at the upscale Power Plant Mall in metro Manila, the establishment tucked between a Japanese chocolate confectioner and a modern Italian furniture [Read More…]

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Defying School Board, Student Rips Up Graduation Speech and Says the Lord’s Prayer Instead

It happened in South Carolina:  A high school valedictorian from South Carolina ripped up his approved speech on stage this past weekend, and minutes later, delivered the Lord’s Prayer in defiance of the school district’s decision to no longer include prayer at graduation ceremonies. Roy Costner IV drew loud applause and cheers when he surprised [Read More…]

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Jesus, As You’ve Never Seen Him Before: An Amazing Blend of Classic Art and Photoshop

Details: French photographer Léo Caillard visualized this project which brings a little modern flair to some perfectly sculpted, centuries-old masterpieces. To create this project called Street Stone, Caillard first photographed the statues and then he photographed his friends in similar poses, wearing selected trendy outfits. Using digital manipulation, and with some photo retouching assistance from French [Read More…]

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Bishop Argues for “Only One Authentically Catholic” View of Gay Marriage Before a Hostile Audience

From National Catholic Reporter:  Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., walked into a beehive when he agreed to speak about same-sex marriage before a small audience in Phoenix over the weekend. But at least the bishop was there, taking the stings. Paprocki joined Sr. Jeannine Gramick, a longtime advocate for gay and lesbian people, on [Read More…]

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So Why Was He Known as “Deacon” Jones?

The football legend—who coined the word “sack” to describe his signature defensive tackle—died today at the age of 74. He was born as David Jones. But that wouldn’t do.  From his obit in the LA Times:  He said he gave himself the nickname Deacon after joining the Rams because there were too many David Joneses [Read More…]

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A REALLY Great Moment in Journalism, as a Laid-Off Sun-Times Photographer Documents His New Life

As the author of this new blog describes it: Rob Hart was replaced with a reporter with an iPhone, so he is documenting his new life with an iPhone, but with the eye of a photojournalist trained in storytelling. Rob Hart is a Freelance Photojournalist and Adjunct Faculty of Photojournalism at the Medill School of Journalism. He’s [Read More…]

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Another Deacon in the Family

Happy news from the Diocese of Charlotte, where a permanent deacon took part in the ordination of his son as a transitional deacon: It is a great grace for the whole Church when a new transitional deacon is ordained on his journey toward the holy priesthood. For seminarian Paul D. McNulty, June 1 was an [Read More…]

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“I think I owe some apologies…”

Mark Shea strikes a poignant tone of contrition and humility in this morning’s post. Listen closely and you can hear the fervent thumping of his fist against his chest. Snip: The past week has not been a pleasant one, but it has been a fruitful one.  I won’t bore you with a lot of autobiography, [Read More…]

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Jean Stapleton: “I Had My Own Way of Finding Help. I Took Out My Bible…”

At the height of her popularity in 1973, the actress wrote a piece for the religious magazine Guideposts that showed a different side of the woman we remember as Edith Bunker: For myself, I have seen how my own niggling, personal prejudgments often have robbed me of pleasure and peace of mind. There have been [Read More…]

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Francis: A Pope for the Age of Twitter

A great insight from Elizabeth Tenety at the Washington Post:  In homilies and speeches in the months since assuming the Seat of Saint Peter, Pope Francis has demonstrated his simple style applies not only to his dress and living accommodations –but to the words he uses to share the faith. A few recent examples: Eternity “will not be boring.” [Read More…]

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Why Did a Catholic High School Valedictorian Turn Down Ivy League Scholarships?

This kid has his head screwed on straight. Details from the New York Daily News:  Sal Cocchiaro knows numbers. He just graduated as valedictorian of St. Francis Prep with a 100.7 average and won $480,000 worth of scholarships from seven Ivy League-caliber colleges. But this middle-class Bayside, Queens, kid chose a full four-year ride at [Read More…]

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Jury Awards $171,000 to Teacher Who Was Fired After Artificial Insemination—UPDATED

Details:  A federal jury awarded Christa Dias $171,000 after finding a Catholic school discriminated against her for conceiving a baby out of wedlock via artificial insemination. The court case that asked whether Catholic schools can legally fire a pregnant teacher for violating church doctrine came close to a conclusion last week after a day of [Read More…]

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Great Moments in Journalism: How the AP Reported Corpus Christi

From Venezuela, we learn this fascinating tidbit:  The descendants of African slaves donned masks and bright red costumes as they danced through the streets of this small Venezuelan town on Thursday for its annual commemoration of Corpus Cristi. [sic] Young men beat drums and shook maracas as the “devils” paraded through the streets and people [Read More…]

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Ordination Update: 15 New Deacons for Philadelphia

Details:  At a time when the dearth of religious vocations to convents and to the priesthood is epidemic, there is one bright ray of hope. Archbishop Charles Chaput ordained 15 married men of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to the permanent diaconate on Saturday, June 1 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. The [Read More…]

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Corpus Christi in Los Angeles

The picture above, from yesterday, shows Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez before the Blessed Sacrament in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. And the tabernacle? From the cathedral website: The bronze tabernacle in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was designed and fabricated by sculptor Max [Read More…]

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Grace Under Pressure: This Kid is My Hero

What do you do when your cymbal breaks during “The Star-Spangled Banner”? Watch and learn. This guy’s great [Read more…]

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