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...]

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...]

Nun holds world record: 84 years in the cloister

In fact, she entered the same day that Joseph Ratzinger was born. Details, from ZENIT: She entered the Cistercian Buenafuente del Sistal Convent the day that Joseph Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) was born, and today Sister Teresa is 103 years old and the world’s record holder for having lived the longest as a cloistered nun. [Read More...]

From bulletproof vest to vestments

From Alaska comes this unusual story of a divorced father recently ordained a priest (shown below with his daughter): It started out as just another routine day on patrol for Officer Steve Gallagher cruising the streets of Olympia, Wash. At an imposing 6’ 4” and 240 pounds, armed with a .45 caliber Heckler and Koch [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...]

Boston convert launches new order of sisters

And, it’s the first new order of its kind in over 60 years. Details: It was May 2001 when Sister Olga Yaqob arrived in Boston. She had graduated top of the class in seminary in her native Iraq and was offered a scholarship to study ministry and spirituality at Boston College. First, she had to [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...]


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