Vocations surging in Great Britain

Some happy news from across the pond: A few years ago he was a roadie with a band, living what he admits was a rock’n’roll lifestyle. Today, 42-year-old Rob Hunt is training for the Catholic priesthood in a seminary in central London. It’s a very different way of life from what he’s been used to. [Read More...]

From TV producer to priest?

That’s even more improbable than making the leap from TV producer to deacon. The Milwaukee Catholic Herald has the scoop: A producer, one might say, is not unlike a parish priest organizing a liturgy for a special occasion. Before enrolling at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Tony Budnick spent more than a decade [Read More...]

“How beautiful, the hands that serve”: a moving ordination slideshow

A couple weeks back, I posted on the diaconal ordination of Sean Suckiel.  Below is a lovingly produced slideshow of the event, which also includes his profession of faith and Deacon Sean’s first vespers/Benediction. [Read more...]

Deacon poor and deacon rich: a look at the vocation in different dioceses

A reader sent this my way: a long and comprehensive look at where deacons are thriving, where they aren’t, and why: In 1967, Pope Paul VI issued general norms for the restoration of the permanent diaconate where requested by episcopal conferences. More than four decades later, 46 percent of the Church’s 37,203 permanent deacons serve [Read More...]

On joining a convent: “You have to knock three times…”

The age of women who are attracted to religious life in Britain is getting younger, and Vanity Fair is taking a look at the phenomenon: For twenty-something women considering a life in a habit, it’s God’s honest truth: “Not everyone looks good in black.” So says Triona Adams, an effervescent former nun who, at 26, [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Your priesthood has a great assist in the accessibility of communications technology that men like Billy Graham or Fulton Sheen would have embraced and quickly mastered, to powerful effect. Take advantage of all of this; seize it for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus told us to preach to “all the nations,” and Vatican II [Read More...]

A deacon's special link to the new seminary in Washington

The new Blessed John Paul II Seminary in Washington was dedicated recently by Cardinal Donald Wuerl — and its chapel contains some interesting history: Tangible reminders of Blessed John Paul II’s life and legacy abound in the archdiocesan seminary named in his honor. His name graces the seminary’s entranceway, and a portrait of the pope [Read More...]

Homily for October 30, 2011: World Priest Day

We often say that God writes straight with crooked lines.   Few stories could be more crooked, or surprising, than what God wrote with the life of a boy named Martino BaThong Nguyen. He is Vietnamese.  His parents worked for the U.S. government in Saigon in the 1970s.  Because of their connection to the U.S., when [Read More...]

Who's that "lady in the blue dress"?

From Baltimore comes this story about efforts to reach young people and encourage vocations: A panel of Roman Catholic priests and others in church life faced an audience of lively fifth graders Thursday, offering snippets of their personal history histories and the motivation for their career choices. But many children were so unfamiliar with a [Read More...]

"There is nothing easy about being in the seminary…"

As part of the Patheos symposium on seminaries, seminarian Michael Duffy — less than a year from being ordained a priest — reflects on his seminary experience: There is nothing easy about being in the seminary; it is supposed to be difficult. It supposed to be challenging. Being in formation for the Priesthood of Jesus [Read More...]


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