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...]

In praise of the "necessary others"

I’ve posted a lot of items around here about wearing the Roman collar.  Elizabeth Scalia has a few choice thoughts about those who do — and suffer because of it: When Buddhist monks and nuns go out in public wearing their robes, they usually get some curious looks, but they’re not harangued for their vows [Read More...]

Quote of the day: "The only true Holy One is the Lord"

“An accusation leveled at a priest is a horrible thing, because it is nearly impossible today for a priest to have a fair hearing. There is no perfect justice or charity in this world, but these days falsely-accused priests don’t get anything like even the world’s “justice”.  But even when priests are guilty of that [Read More...]

St. Therese's Prayer for Priests

I think we need this now, more than ever.  I found this on a prayer card they give out at St. John the Evangelist Church in New York City… O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your sacred heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily [Read More...]

Number of priests worldwide continues to grow

That’s according to Church statistics released just this week. Details, from CNA: There are more than 5,000 more Catholic priests globally in 2009 than there were in 1999, according to official Church statistics. The Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper anticipated the news from the soon-to-be released 2009 almanac prepared by the Vatican’s Central Office of Church [Read More...]

A Catholic priest, 1890

The Brooklyn Eagle offered a glimpse into the life of a Catholic priest in its October 18, 1890 edition — and Pat McNamara has reposted it along with some great pictures (among other things, he points out that priests weren’t mandated to wear clerical garb until the 1880s): In each parish there is a pastor [Read More...]

Where are all the Catholic chaplains?

A new study indicates thata the chaplains serving the military don’t really mirror the people they serve. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, via Huffington: A military chaplains serves as both a religious leader and a listener — ideally one who can assist military personnel of all faiths. A frequent refrain among chaplains is “chaplain to [Read More...]