A Divorced Father of Two Becomes Seattle’s Newest Priest

Amazing but true. Details:  There aren’t a whole lot of priests in the Latin Church with two grown sons, but the Archdiocese of Seattle’s newest priest, Father Mark Kiszelewski, is one of those few. He was ordained to the priesthood June 8 by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain at St. James Cathedral. From an early age, [Read More...]

A Seminarian’s Long Road Back

Keep this man in your prayers! From Arkansas Catholic:  Dr. Joseph Chan, 48, a second-year theology student from Fort Smith, has a message for all who have been praying for his recovery following his March car wreck. “Thank you all for your support and prayers,” he said. “It is the people of God who inspire [Read More...]

For Father’s Day: Father-Son Clergy in Kansas!

Details:  The ordination of 10 men as permanent deacons in the Diocese of Salina includes a man whose son is studying for the priesthood. That will be a first in the diocese and an event that both Ron Lehman and his son Brent of Manhattan are eagerly awaiting. “I’m excited to see it happen. It’s [Read More...]

A New Priest Looks Back: “This Year Has Been the Best of My Life…”

My friend and blog neighbor Fr. Michael Duffy marks a milestone:  One year ago today I was ordained to the priesthood of Jesus Christ by Bishop William Murphy for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  I celebrated the 11am Mass this morning here in my parish with the parishioners and many friends and family present. I’ve [Read More...]

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...]