A Priest’s Advice to the Newly Ordained

There’s a lot of wisdom here—and a lot of it, I think, could apply to deacons, as well. Since we are smack in the middle of ordination season, here’s some fraternal advice from Rev. Damian J. Ference, a priest of the diocese of Cleveland: I just celebrated my 10th anniversary of ordination two weeks ago, and [Read More...]

“My Heroes Were Visiting Missionaries…”

That’s how Msgr. John E. Kozar, president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) —and, not insignificantly, my boss—describes the first stirrings of his own vocation in this comprehensive interview with Fr. Thomas Rosica of Salt + Light TV in Canada. Msgr. Kozar is featured in the picture above, top center, sharing a joyful moment [Read More...]

Embattled chaplain sparks small vocations boom at George Washington University

You probably remember the controversy surrounding this chaplain at George Washington University.  Here’s something else you should know about him, from the National Catholic Register:  Father Greg Shaffer, the Catholic chaplain at George Washington University, learned early that a good pastor can defy the odds and lead the young to embrace a priestly vocation. Growing [Read More...]

Indiana copes with priest shortage

From the Post-Tribune newspaper, which toward the end makes mention of deacons: Early in his career, the Rev. Rick Orlinski was one of three priests at Our Lady of Grace in Highland and spent two to three days each week ministering to the sick in their homes. Now, there is one priest who serves the [Read More...]

Pope Francis at priestly ordinations: “You are pastors, not functionaries”

To mark the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations —which falls every year on Good Shepherd Sunday—Pope Francis ordained 10 men to the priesthood at St. Peter’s Basilica today.   Below, his homily, from Vatican Radio. +++ Beloved brothers and sisters: because these our sons, who are your relatives and friends, are now to [Read More...]

Advice to seminarians: “About that sermon, keep it short…”

This is some sage advice from a Lutheran minister in First Things: First: Sheep have teeth and some of them bite. Try not to internalize it or take it personally. Some of them will bite any shepherd and you are merely the latest target of convenience. Treat them respectfully but cautiously, remembering what you share with [Read More...]

A priest writes: “This is why I wear a collar…”

A couple years ago, when he was a mere seminarian, my blog neighbor Fr. Michael Duffy wrote passionately about how the collar is “yoke and witness” to his life and his vocation. Now another priest,  Father Chris Pietraszko, has sounded a similar chord, and I think it’s something people need to be reminded of: This is [Read More...]

Lovely video: Holy Saturday at the seminary

Here we have a brief but beautiful glimpse at a service this morning at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York —the facility that forms priests for three dioceses: the Archdiocese of New York, Brooklyn, and Rockville Centre. While the rest of us were practicing with altar servers, rehearsing RCIA rites, sweeping the floor of [Read More...]

God’s army: overflow crowd attends discernment retreat for military chaplains

Very impressive turnout: Twenty-six (26) men from every service branch of the U.S. armed forces and civilian life are gathered [in Menlo Park, California] today for a March 21-24 discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. The Vocations Office of [Read More...]

Married priests: “Why such aversion?”

An alert reader sent this my way: another interesting voice, from Sean Connelly, in the debate over a celibate priesthood: It was recently my distinct displeasure to be roped into a debate about whether, under Canon Law, married deacons in the Latin Rite have an obligation to observe “perfect and perpetual continence.” Those arguing in favour [Read More...]


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