What’s the only vocation that grew in the United States last year?

Three guesses. From Catholic World News:  The number of religious sisters in the United States fell from 57,113 to 55,045 in a one-year period, according to data in the 2011 and 2012 editions of The Official Catholic Directory. During the same period:  the number of priests fell slightly from 40,271 to 40,203 the number of seminarians [Read More...]

“The Holy Father has no power to change the nature of the ordained priesthood”

A commentary from Francis Phillips in the Catholic Herald:  Friendly commentators on the question of women’s role in the Church but who are not members of the Catholic Church sometimes pity us because (as they see it) we are subject to authoritarian edicts from Rome, devised by elderly celibate men who are determined to suppress [Read More...]

A day in the life of a seminarian

Curious about what that entails? The Archdiocese of Washington has just posted this short video that offers an answer. [Read more...]

Deaf deacon to be ordained priest

Details, from the Western Catholic Reporter in Canada: Matthew Hysell became deaf after contracting spinal meningitis when he was 18 months old. He lives in a mostly silent world, but those who know Hysell (shown in the picture on the left) describe him as a good listener, someone who pays attention to their concerns. Since [Read More...]

Out: Maryknoll announces dismissal of Roy Bourgeois

It’s been a long time coming, but it is finished, according to National Catholic Reporter: Roy Bourgeois, a longtime peace activist and priest who had come under scrutiny for his support of women’s ordination, has been dismissed from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, which he served for 45 years, according to the congregation. The Vatican’s [Read More...]

Must-read: What kind of man wants to be a priest today?

Yesterday, I posted on the peculiar way that Fr. Michael Pfleger marked Holy Thursday a couple years ago. Well, the person who stumbled on that video was Boston Magazine Executive Editor Patrick Doyle, who spent months seeking to answer a question that has haunted the American Church for the last decade: who would possibly want [Read More...]

Married clergy and abstaining from sex: “The Church has not changed her expectation”

Canon lawyer Ed Peters has weighed in on the topic again.  He makes clear that — despite indications to the contrary – canon law on the subject is unchaged: My position is, of course, that Western law and tradition expect, beyond any question, the observance of perfect and perpetual continence among all clerics, and that [Read More...]

Kansas City’s first deacons, one year later

An interesting look at how the men, and the diocese, are adjusting, from The Leaven newspaper: The first cadre of the archdiocese’s permanent deacons has found ministry to be pretty much what they expected — with an occasional curveball. “There have been no big surprises,” said Deacon Jim Lavin, assigned to Holy Spirit Parish in [Read More...]

VIDEO: Seminarians rock on!

This may be the ultimate boy band: a group of seminarians from Joliet, Illinois performing at a vocations event earlier this year. This is New Evangelization like you probably haven’t seen it before.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

“A tribute to my brother priests…”

This comes from the blog of the new bishop of Tyler, Texas, Joseph Strickland.  And it’s a keeper: If you read this and you’re not a priest, please pass it on to all the priests you know.  If you are a priest, please receive it as a small expression of thanks for all you do [Read More...]


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