Remembering “the people’s priest” of the Bronx

Every now and then, we receive a blessed reminder of what it means to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Here’s one, from the New York Times: The Rev. John C. Flynn could have been a monsignor, but as he told the story in later years, he refused the elevation because he already held a [Read More...]

A shore thing: Philadelphia sells vacation home for priests

Details:  A vacation house at the South Jersey shore used by generations of elderly priests was sold at auction by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for $4.5 million Sept. 15. Steve and Ilene Berger of Newtown Square won the bidding at $4.125 million for Villa St. Joseph by the Sea, a 19-room, 9,800-square-foot mansion in Ventnor, [Read More...]

Canada mourns a priest who wore wigs, taught in gibberish, and wore bunny ears for Easter

Details: Monsignor Fee Otterson was a playful soul who once showed up to a family barbecue in a horrendous wig, once officiated an Easter service in bunny ears. He would lead drama classes in gibberish to challenge the communication skills of students. He walked school hallways wearing the red-and-white striped hat of Cat in the [Read More...]

“More young men are coming to the diocese to enter seminary than in two generations”

The story may be different on the coasts. But in Missouri and Kansas, it seems, vocations are going strong: Seven men were ordained this year in the diocese, the largest single-year number in the last 30, said a somewhat mystified but definitely pleased Monsignor Bradley Offutt, diocesan vicar general. Also, 10 men are beginning studying [Read More...]

What do you do after you leave the priesthood to get married?

Religious News Service has a look at one man’s story: Nationwide, about 80 Protestant clergy have left to become Catholic priests, according to research from Catholic University in Washington. Some Eastern Rite Catholic churches, which are loyal to Rome, ordain married men. And after 1980, the Vatican allowed Protestant clergy who converted to Catholicism to [Read More...]

Jesuit “chaplain of the revolution” forced to leave Syria speaks out

Details:  Christians must do everything they can to avoid the destruction of Syria’s religious pluralism, a Catholic priest forced to leave after spending 30 years in a monastery north of Damascus said this week. Father Paolo Dall’Oglio speaks with emotion about a country that he says enshrines “the ideal of Arab ecumenism” and the lifetime [Read More...]

Priest faces excommunication for starting own parish

An interesting—and rare— case, from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:  A Milwaukee-area Catholic priest sanctioned this year for indirectly violating the seal of the confessional now faces excommunication after launching a new parish with a breakaway diocese a few miles away. Father David Verhasselt, once a popular priest at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Oconomowoc, was [Read More...]

On the wedding announcements page: priest assists at same sex wedding?

A wedding announcement in this Sunday’s New York Times: Roger Thomas Danforth and Richard James Termine were married Friday evening in New York. The Rev. David C. Parsons, a Lutheran minister, officiated aboard the Lexington, a chartered yacht, on the East River, with the Rev. Michael DeVito, a Roman Catholic priest and a cousin of Mr. Termine, [Read More...]

75 years a priest

Remarkable.  And inspiring. From Robert Dellinger and The Tidings of Los Angeles: The 97-year-old priest in the white chasuble with an embroidered cross on the front approached the wood lectern with short steps. By his side was the chaplain of Nazareth House, Trinitarian Father Frank Whatley. Normally because of his balance problem and poor eyesight, Msgr. [Read More...]

“Miracle”: one priest saves another from drowning

It happened last week in Florida.  Details:  The Rev. Krzysztof Bugno hovered over the lifeless body of his friend — also a priest — seconds after pulling the struggling man from the waves at Canvaeral National Seashore and prayed. A few harrowing moments later, Bugno got his miracle. “I didn’t know CPR, but I felt [Read More...]


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