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...]

“There is only one diaconate”

This great reminder comes from the Archbishop of Dublin, as he prepares to ordain his first batch of permanent deacons.  He made his remarks to seminarians. Take a look: The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin warned in Maynooth yesterday against “a narrow preoccupation” with day- to-day seminary life. That was often “an unhealthy sign”, [Read More...]

VatiLeaks whistleblower: “The pope is in despair”

From La Republicca in Italy comes this interview with someone claiming to be one of whistleblowers in the burgeoning “VatiLeaks” scandal: Who are the Vatican whistleblowers? “There isn’t just one brain behind the operation, there are several. There are cardinals, private secretaries, monsignors and the small fry. Men and women, priests and laypeople. The whistleblowers even [Read More...]

Waiting for a miracle for Blessed George Matulaitis

He has a loyal and devoted following in Chicago, where a significant anniversary on his path to sainthood was celebrated this weekend: If a group of local Catholics have a say in the matter, the late Archbishop George (Jurgis) Matulaitis could soon join the saintly ranks of Michael the archangel, Joan of Arc and John [Read More...]

Mourning “the people’s parson”

From the U.K, here’s an obit about a clergyman who clearly had an impact: The Reverend John Lambourne, who has died aged 76, was an old-fashioned country parson of a type now rarely to be found in the Church of England — a man who filled the pews, not with force of intellect, but with [Read More...]

Churches pass the collection plate to fight gay marriage

From the Associated Press: Scores of Maine churches will pass the collection plate a second time at Sunday services on Father’s Day to kick off a fundraising campaign for the lead opposition group to November’s ballot question asking voters to legalize same-sex marriages. Between 150 and 200 churches are expected to raise money for the [Read More...]

“Veni Sancte Spiritus” by Taize

The haunting chant that is another Pentecost perennial, sung by the choir of the Taize community. [Read more...]

Ordination update: 14 new deacons in Toronto

The press release takes note: Their occupations are widely different but they share a unifying commitment to their faith. Fourteen men – including an internationally recognized surgeon, a civic lawyer, a banker, a mail carrier, and an auto mechanic – will be ordained at St. Michael’s Cathedral at 10 a.m. on May 26 as permanent [Read More...]

“Veni Creator Spiritus”

One of the great chants, a staple for Pentecost, impeccably sung here by a Gregorian schola from Italy: A  translation of the Latin verses: Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest, and in our hearts take up Thy rest; come with Thy grace and heav’nly aid, To fill the hearts which Thou hast made. O Comforter, to [Read More...]


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