Married priest: "A celibate priest can give so much more"

That comes straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were — from a former Anglican in the UK who is now a Catholic priest. From the BBC: A married Roman Catholic priest from Burnley has said he believes the church is correct to prefer single celibate clergy in their parishes. Father Paul Blackburn is the [Read More…]

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"I surrender all to thee"

How about this for a love story: the saga of Athea-Anne Lee Jendel, who fell in love with Catholicism and with the man who would become her fiance. The Arlington Catholic Herald describes her remarkable journey from religion to religion, until something just clicked: In the fall of 2008, Jendel had an experience that, while [Read More…]

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"They were excited to become one with the Church"

That’s one man’s reflection on a recent experience of Anglican liturgy, involving Evensong and Benediction for Corpus Christi. Details: There have always been Anglicans “on the journey” to the Catholic Church and many have come into full communion over the years. With the exception of a handful of parishes that entered through the Pastoral Provision, [Read More…]

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A pagan converts after asking, "What if it were all true?"

Here name is Christie, described as a convert from New Age philosophy and Neopaganism. Read her account of what led her to the Catholic Church, and marvel anew at the ways God works: I was an arrogant fool sitting in on my very first Mass and watching it like I’d watch a National Geographic nature [Read More…]

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Big news in Washington: "We are ordinariate bound!"

That’s the happy headline from the website for St. Luke’s Episcopal Parish in Bladensburg, Maryland (not far from where I grew up, actually). The website notes: It is with great joy St. Luke’s announces its intention to join the Personal Ordinariate of the Roman Catholic Church. We have been discerning the leading of the Holy [Read More…]

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Gingrich blasts "fanaticism of the secularists" at prayer breakfast

The convert and likely candidate for President was the keynote speaker at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast this morning. One early review: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich delivered the keynote speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Wednesday morning. If the audience’s reaction is any indicator, he’ll have to do a lot more to woo religious [Read More…]

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One Anglican priest's leap of faith

One of those who joined the Church during the Triduum is a former Anglican priest with eight children — and, for now, no job. Details, from CNS: It’s a brave decision for Ian Hellyer to give up his job when he has to provide for eight children and his wife is pregnant with the couple’s [Read More…]

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"Why I am converting to Catholicism"

A Protestant speaker/blogger/youth minister named Bryan Kemper made the announcement on his blog: I want to let you know this is not made lightly; I fought against this for years. There are several things that led me to search and finally choose to go back to the Church. I will share a few things in [Read More…]

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Surge: more Anglican priests preparing to convert

And they’ll reportedly be bringing hundreds of the faithful with them. From the BBC: Seven Anglican priests and 300 members of six congregations are to join a new section of the Catholic Church, the Catholic Diocese of Brentwood says. The move involves three parishes in Essex, and three in east London. It is the largest [Read More…]

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A permanent deacon in 1852?

Well, almost. Following up on the news last weekend that three Anglican bishops had crossed the Tiber, Patrick McNamara has an intriguing look back at the first Protestant bishop to do that since the Reformation.  He was Bishop Levi Silliman Ives, from North Carolina.  He joined the Catholic Church, along with his wife, in 1852.  [Read More…]

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