Deacons and the “Fortnight for Freedom”

As the USCCB ramps up preparations for this event next month, Chicago’s deacons are launching their own response: a conference on religious liberty. From an e-mail I received yesterday: The intent is: To prepare deacons and priests to preach during the Fortnight of Freedom To provide clergy and church ministers with a venue for their [Read More...]

The secret to a long marriage: matching outfits

This is either a) adorable, b) bizarre or c) inspired. Take your pick. I’m surprised they don’t bring this up in Pre-Cana. [Read more...]

Clergy and politics

I see it more and more on Facebook: priests and deacons trumpeting their political allegiances and voicing their support for particular candidates.  It’s an election year; that’s understandable. But is it appropriate?  I’ve often wondered. Deacon Bill Ditewig (of happy blogging memory) took a close look at that in this month’s Deacon Digest (full disclosure: [Read More...]

And with your iPad: one priest’s experience using the tablet for Mass

This comes from New Zealand, where one priest writes that the biggest problem with the new missal isn’t the language, but the physical ordering of the missal itself. Then, inspiration struck: What the people who translated the new Missal didn’t do was decide how the new English translation should look. They didn’t decide the layout [Read More...]

Is the Internet an enemy of the faith?

Consider these thoughts, from a Baptist minister: The Internet offers endless chatter and distraction. It sometimes seems that the entire population is suffering from a shared case of attention deficit syndrome. On the Web, irresponsible voices are just as accessible as trustworthy voices. Often, it seems that the voices of reason and truth are drowned [Read More...]

Hello, Dalai!

Well, how often will I ever get a chance to use a headline like that, anyway? The Dalai Lama attended Mass on Pentecost as a “pilgrim” in Vienna, where Cardinal Christoph Schonborn noted: “”A person who is deeply rooted in their own faith can show deep respect for the faith of others.” [Read more...]

Here comes the judge: 66-year-old ordained a priest

Details: Among his tight circle of friends, they’ve been calling Tim Corcoran “Father Timmy” for quite some time. It was a little tongue-in-cheek, but it always made Corcoran smile. “They got a kick out of it,” he says with his impish grin. So did he. But now, it’s finally true. For the record, he prefers [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We ate, we laughed, we joked, they chanted and prayed and stood behind wooden gratings. But, make no mistake, they fly even with their wings clipped.” – NY Post TV scribe Linda Stasi, on visiting cloistered nuns. She was invited by Mother Dolores Hart to visit her in the abbey. Read what happened. [Read more...]

A blogging deacon calls it quits

Well, this is crappy news. This is a loss for the blogosphere.  But I hope it’s only temporary, and that I can corral Triple D into guest blogging here from time to time.  His warmth, wit and wisdom are a balm — and especially welcome among all of us in the diaconal community. The door [Read More...]

Ordination update: 7 new deacons for Green Bay

There they are, as shown above: Bishop David L. Ricken (center) on May 19 ordained to the Order of Deacons, from left, Deacons Donald Schultz, Thomas Agnew, Peter Gard, David Scheuer, Michael Warden, Jeffrey Prickette, and Alvin Amadi. Deacons Warden and Amadi are transitional deacons studying for the priesthood in the Diocese of Green Bay. [Read More...]

Iowa seeks separation of church and sports

Details: The state’s largest Catholic Diocese is implementing a policy to create a separation between church and sports. Bishop Richard Pates of the Des Moines Diocese has approved a policy at the request of the priest council that would prohibit any Catholic school from holding activities not related to religious services or religious education on [Read More...]

Ordination update: 6 new deacons in Sioux Falls

Bishop Paul J. Swain ordained new deacons at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, SD on 24 May. Shown above, left to right: Transitional Deacon John Iverson, Permanent Deacons John Steffen, Chester Cordell, Bishop Paul J. Swain, Permanent Deacons Timothy Tracy, Dennis Seiner, Nick Baus. Welcome, brothers!  Congratulations and ad multos annos! [Read more...]

Leading Pennsylvania Democrat quits party, cites Catholic faith

How’s this for taking a stand, courtesy Matthew Archbold: Jo Ann Nardelli has been a Catholic Democrat her entire life. Her father was one before her. And she couldn’t imagine a day where that wouldn’t be true. But that day was Wednesday of last week. I read a story about Jo Ann leaving the Democratic [Read More...]

After Chaput: Fargo’s Aquila named to lead Denver

Rocco, has always, has everything you need to know. And Fargo’s website has the new archbishop’s official bio. (Also at the site: his coat of arms, designed by the ubiquitous Deacon Paul J. Sullivan of Providence.) [Read more...]

Taking a vacation from vitriol

With the summer season on us, we all need a break — a change of scenery or, at least, a change in atmosphere.  I could really use a trip to Walley World right about now. However, since I can’t do that, I’m going to do something else.  For the foreseeable future, I’m closing comments.  Maybe [Read More...]

Salt and light: Poland’s incredible underground salt cathedral

A priest friend sent this my way, and I have to say: this is truly something. Read more and see more pictures here. [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“It’s like breaking in a new pair of shoes. The old shoes are comfortable and broken in, and it takes awhile to break in a new pair, and I think that is where we still are at; the breaking in stage.” – Rev. John Yonkovig, Lake Placid, NY, on the new Roman Missal. Read how one [Read More...]

My Pentecost: tongues of flame, and the heat of a minor crucible

So, how was your Pentecost?  Here’s a window into the world of a deacon — or at least, this particular deacon. Last Sunday, my pastor and I agreed that he would preach the “high” Mass on Pentecost, since at that Mass he was going to be doing the confirmations for about a dozen adults.  (My [Read More...]


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