Holy Father, I want to be a priest!

The Anchoress just posted again the story and video of Nathan telling Pope Francis that he wants to be a priest.  It’s incredible moving.  And its a story that is my own as well.  You see, the same thing has happened to me.  Twice.  The first time, it happened in October of 2002.  I was [Read More...]

The Church is Alive, The Church is young!

This week the focus of the Catholic Church is on Rio for World Youth Day.  Pope Francis arrived yesterday to a very enthusiastic (sometimes too much so) crowd.  Parish duties prevented me from attending WYD this year, but I have been to two World Youth Days in the past – Toronto and Cologne. Bishop DiMarzio [Read More...]

My first anniversary as a priest – a year of blessings!

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 told people that this year has been the best of my [Read More...]

Living the Dream – National Vocations Awareness Week

This week is National Vocations Awareness Week and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Media Relations will be posting guest blogs by a young priest (ME!!) or religious January 15-19 at http://usccbmedia.blogspot.com. I was very happy to have been asked by the USCCB to write a little piece for this.  Things have been hectic here [Read More...]

Vocations, Facebook, and the BBC

“Catholic Church attracts future priests using Facebook” That’s the headline from the BBC. It comes with a great video. The Diocese of Charleston in the US state of South Carolina has implemented a comprehensive social media strategy in the hope of attracting young people to the seminary, primarily targeting users of Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare. [Read More...]


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