Syria expels activist priest: “I received a one-way visa out”

From the New York Times: Thick wooden beams barred the doors of St. Cyril’s Church in Damascus when friends of Bassel Shahade, a young opposition filmmaker killed in Homs in late May, arrived for a memorial prayer service. Government thugs dragged some mourners off to jail and chased away the rest, according to activists. The [Read More...]

New priests group hopes to “celebrate and implement the visionary concepts of Vatican II”

Details, from the Tampa Tribune: The Rev. Peter Ruggere began his seminary training when Roman Catholics were still celebrating Mass in Latin. By the time he was ordained a priest in 1968, the church had gone through massive changes with Vatican II, a council which sought to align the centuries-old religious institution with the modern [Read More...]

One is the loneliest number: meet New York’s only new priest

The New York Times profiles the only priest ordained in the Archdiocese of New York this year, Fr. Patric F. D’Arcy: Being the archdiocese’s sole member of the Class of 2012 is a slightly uncomfortable distinction for Father D’Arcy, 33, a soft-spoken man who prefers to stay out of the spotlight. He is not a [Read More...]

Congratulations, Fr. Duffy

Longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Michael Duffy was ordained Saturday to be a priest for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  He celebrated his first Mass Sunday at St. Frances de Chantal Parish in Wantagh, NY.   Ad multos  annos! [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...]

“It is something glorious”

That is how one woman described the historic celebration earlier this month, marking the first African priest ordained for the Diocese of Palm Beach. Read more: Leonard Dim wiped away tears as he witnessed his first-born son, Leonard Onyeukwu Dim, receive the sacrament of holy orders and become the first African priest ordained for the [Read More...]

New York ordains just one priest — and his first Mass is in Latin

Details: Today Fr. Patric D’Arcy, newly ordained priest of the Archdiocese of New York, celebrated his first Mass - a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form – amid the Gothic splendor of Blessed Sacrament Church. Many clergy and seminarians were in attendance. A schola performed both chant and polyphony, including Allegri’s Miserere. The website for the Archdiocese [Read More...]

Snapshot of the Class of 2012: America’s new priests

As has become its custom, the USCCB has posted a survey with some interesting facts about the men who are being ordained this spring: The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2012 is trending younger with the median age for the 2012 class at 31. Two-thirds of the class are between the [Read More...]

“The Quest”: a glimpse at priestly formation, from 1973

Buried in the bowels of YouTube, somebody uncovered this gem.  While it may be of particular interest to folks in the Diocese of Brooklyn, it’s also a fascinating sort of time capsule that shows life in a college seminary in the 1970s.  (Look beyond the platform shoes and sideburns and you’ll hear a lot of [Read More...]

Australian priest admits being secretly married for a year

Details: A Catholic priest in Australia has publicly admitted that he has been married for a year and claimed “there are more like me.” “So I’ve fallen in love and I’ve got married and it’s outside of most people’s awareness, but I’m sure people within the church could have had a suspicion,” Father Kevin Lee told [Read More...]


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