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...]

“I am a Catholic priest,” she declared

California blogger Marissa Nichols writes of a surprising encounter she had not long ago with the woman who spoke those words: First, to her credit, she was participating in 40 Days for Life.  How rare or cool is that?  I thought all “women priests” despised Paul the VI’s Humanae Vitae and were all for “choice” (at least, if they [Read More...]

In Philadelphia, deacons will witness marriages and wear the collar—UPDATED

A deacon in the City of Brotherly Love sent me an e-mail about a little brotherly love from the archbishop. Below is the text of a letter sent to the priests and deacons of Philadelphia: February 13, 2013  Dear Brother Priests and Deacons, An important part of the life and work of the Church [Read More...]

Benedictine artist Father Maur van Doorslaer dies

You have probably seen his work in gift shops or churches and not even realized it.  The image above —depicting The Last Supper— shows his distinctive, simple style. Details, from the Los Angeles Times: Father Maur van Doorslaer lived a kind of double life. For decades, the Benedictine monk spent half the year working in [Read More...]

A new book in favor of priestly celibacy

With a new married priest in Buffalo getting so much buzz, I was intrigued by this item, which moved on Zenit two days ago: Why can’t priests marry? It’s a question people often ask and the requirement of celibacy has also been blamed as one of the causes of sexual abuse by priests. A recently [Read More...]

Buffalo’s married priest says he will stop having sex—UPDATED WITH VIDEO

I posted on him a few days ago.  Now, some more details, from the New York Daily News:  John Cornelius will be ordained a Roman Catholic priest this weekend — and with the blessing of his wife they’re giving up their sex life. Cornelius, a father of three, will become the first married Roman Catholic [Read More...]

Want to bring vitality to your homilies?

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston has some pointers.  He  delivered the annual Carl Peter Lecture on Preaching on January 13 at the Pontifical North American College, the U.S. bishops’ seminary in Rome.  Some highlights from CNS:  In learning to preach, seminarians should look to the homilies of the fathers of the church, where they will [Read More...]


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