Here they are: the "10 Happiest Jobs." And #1 is…

Take a wild guess. Read on, from Forbes: There are some surprises in the ten happiest jobs, as reported a General Social Survey by the National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago. (I am indebted to Lew Perelman in drawing my attention to the Christian Science Monitor article.) 1.  Clergy:  The least worldly [Read More...]

A dying priest's message: "I'm now afforded a pulpit that few preachers have"

His journey with cancer is turning into the greatest homily of his life, and he shares it with everyone he meets. Details, from the Courier in Waterloo, Iowa: These days, the Rev. Everett “Ev” Hemann seemingly holds a captive audience at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Cedar Falls. Some say his homilies are getting better, [Read More...]

Meet the priest who serves as umpire at the U.S. Open

The annual tennis match is unfolding just down the road from where I live, and it turns out one of those watching from above is a Catholic priest. From the New York Times: So a Catholic priest walks onto a tennis court. Seriously. It happens, for Father Paul Arinze, every day at the United States [Read More...]

Deaf priest: "I want to be a bridge…"

He is that rarity in the Catholic Church: a deaf priest, embarking on an extraordinary ministry  that seeks to preach The Word to those who cannot hear. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Father Christopher Klusman stands at the back of St. Roman Catholic Church on Milwaukee’s south side and greets worshippers after the Saturday night [Read More...]

A priest-painter who's "not afraid to push the envelope"

He’s attracting a lot of attention as he opens a new show near Boston. From the Boston Globe: John Frederick Arens is a cutting-edge artist. His Allston studio is stuffed from floor to ceiling with paintings of every size. Stacks of small, colorful abstracts jostle for space in the shadow of a 6-foot blue mammoth. [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: new priest edition

As part of our parish’s annual novena to St. John Vianney, a newly ordained priest comes to celebrate Sunday mass and offer a special blessing after.  This year, we were lucky to have Fr. Rodnev Lapommeray, ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn just last month. Following mass, people lined up outside — some waiting over [Read More...]

Nearing the goal: update on soccer player studying for the priesthood

He made news a few years back, when he gave up a lucrative professional soccer career for the priesthood.  How’s he doing? The Washington Post has an update: Chase Hilgenbrinck looks back on his first few months at Mount St. Mary’s and wonders how he did it. His decision to leave behind a Major League [Read More...]

A great video on a week in the life of a priest

From Australia.  (With a big H/T to CNS.) This should shatter a few misconceptions, and give a little inspiration, too. [Read more...]

"Call to Disobedience": cardinal to meet with dissident priests

Hundreds of priests in Austria are reportedly involved in an effort that has sparked criticism — but, so far, no disciplinary action.  But that could soon change. From CNS: Michael Pruller, spokesman for Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna, said the cardinal plans to meet in late August or September with the Viennese priests who are [Read More...]

Remembering a "wounded healer"

Priests and parishioners gathered yesterday to pray for the repose of the soul of a young Massachusetts priest who took his own life last week: His fellow clergymen remembered the Rev. Paul Archambault Tuesday as a “wounded healer” who devotedly performed his work as a priest despite a long-time clinical depression brought on by bullying. [Read More...]