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...]

The 3 M's of the priesthood

From Zenit, by way of Padre Steve at Da Mihi Animas, comes this beautiful meditation on the priesthood, whose “3 Ms” are missionary, mediator and martyr. The source is Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, speaking at the ordination of a friar in Rome last weekend: The secretary of the Vatican dicastery [the Vatican's Congregation for the [Read More...]

Fr. William Doyle's prayer for priests: "I am no longer myself, I am Jesus crucified…"

A reader posted this in the comments, and I thought it too good not to share. It’s a prayer for priests by Fr. Willie Doyle, heroic priest of World War I: O my God, pour out in abundance Thy spirit of sacrifice upon Thy priests. It is both their glory and their duty to become [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We were more than forty candidates, who, at the solemn call on that radiant summer day, which I remember as the high point of my life, responded “Adsum”, Here I am. We should not be superstitious; but, at that moment when the elderly archbishop laid his hands on me, a little bird—perhaps a lark—flew up [Read More...]

A priest forever: one man's career after the collar

He’s still serving others. Details, from the Post Crescent in Wisconsin: Tending to the needs of others is a natural part of Gary Crevier’s character. “My whole life has been of service, people helping people,” said Crevier, 69, of Appleton. During his childhood, his parents were foster parents. “That whole aspect of reaching out to [Read More...]

"O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart…"

Now seems an especially apt moment to recall this prayer below. I first discovered it this spring, in St. John the Evangelist Church, on the ground floor of the building where I work in Manhattan.  They had several yellow cards on a table, with this prayer printed on it.  I took one home, folded in [Read More...]

What can an ex-priest do? — UPDATED

With the Corapi news, it’s a question many are asking. A few years ago, Jimmy Akin posted a good and clear-headed summary that, as far as I know, still holds: 1) He can’t celebrate any of the sacraments except for hearing deathbed confessions. It is especially noted that he can’t give homilies. 2) He can’t [Read More...]

Two brothers ordained priests the same day

When was the last time this happened? Details: Bishop Kevin Rhoades ordained Deacons Matthew Coonan and Terrence “Tink” Coonan, Jr.  into Catholic priesthood in a ceremony Saturday morning. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne was packed for the ordination. The brothers both hold bachelor’s degrees in sacred theology and master of divinity [Read More...]


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