Meet the U.S.'s largest ordination class

It’s the new priests from Newark: 18 in all. Story here. They were ordained Saturday.  Ad multos annos! [Read more...]

Meet the priest who's "one of the most dangerous people in town"

And he’s been called that because of ardently pro-Catholic letters he writes for the hometown newspaper in Minnesota. From the Duluth News Tribune: Every 30 days or so he and his opinions are published in the letters to the editor section of the News Tribune. He’d be in more often if we let him, no [Read More...]

Fr. Pfleger prays with mothers of slain children

The suspended priest made a brief appearance for a special Mothers Day event in Chicago near his former parish, according to the Chicago Sun-Times: On a bright Sunday morning, children around the city celebrated their mothers while a group of mothers gathered at St. Sabina Church to remember their children lost to violence. For the [Read More...]

Deafness and Darth: one seminarian's story

One of the man about to be ordained in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is a huge fan of “Star Wars” — who also happens to have been born deaf. Details, from the Catholic Herald: People may be surprised to learn that Darth Vadar, chief antagonist in the original trilogy, is the favorite “Star Wars” character [Read More...]

Happy Mother's Day, to the mothers of priests

Every priest has a mother — and now there’s news about a group of mothers who have banded together to support their sons’ vocations. Details, from CNS: When Father John Helmueller was ordained to the priesthood 10 years ago for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D., he was not the only member of his family [Read More...]

79 years after his ordination, one of England's oldest priests dies

The obit, from the Diocese of Westminster: Canon Reggie Fuller, the oldest priest of the Diocese of Westminster, died on Maundy Thursday, 21 April 2011, at Nazareth House, East Finchley.  He was 102 years of age and had been a priest for 79 of them. May he rest in peace. From 1990 – 1994 he [Read More...]

Pfleger's suspension: a "slap in the face" to African Americans?

That’s the contention of the African American priest who is filling in for Pfleger at his Chicago parish. Details: The priest sent to take over for the now-suspended Fr. Michael Pfleger said he didn’t feel comfortable following the cardinal’s orders but did so because he took a vow of obedience. During a Saturday evening homily [Read More...]

Flash: Pfleger suspended

Late today, Cardinal Francis George issued a sharply worded letter on the case of Fr. Michael Pfleger.  The controversial Chicago priest — and outspoken Obama-backer — can no longer function as a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Details: Citing what he called threats from the Rev. Michael Pfleger to leave the church, Cardinal Francis [Read More...]

Called to preach: how a priest overcame stuttering

Here’s a remarkable story of a priest who conquered an all-too-common (and for many, terrifying) problem: The last thing a priest wants to do at a funeral is mess up the name of the deceased. For one funeral in 1973, this was Monsignor John K. Cody’s biggest fear. So he practiced speaking the woman’s name, [Read More...]

A great video: life with the Norbertines

Some longtime readers may remember the great story of Grant Desme, star player for the Oakland A’s, who left the A’s farm team last year to join the seminary — in fact, entering St. Michael’s Abbey, to begin formation with the Norbertines in Orange County in California.  I just stumbled on this beautifully produced video, [Read More...]


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