St. John Vianney, Pray for Us

St. John Vianney - stained glass

Today is the Memorial of St. John Vianney, patron of priests.Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, a French parish priest, was born in 1786 and died on August 4, 1859.  His parents were forced to drive great distances to attend Mass in the countryside, since it was illegal in France at the time.  His education had been interrupted by the French revolution, and he twice failed the exams required before he could be ordained.As a priest, he was named pastor of a small church in the remote French h … [Read more...]

Best Wishes to the Jesuits and the Redemptorists As They Celebrate Their Founders

Pope Francis meets with the Jesuit community in Rome

This week, Catholics celebrate the lives of two great founders:Thursday, July 31, is the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).  Ignatius was first a soldier of Spain; but he took a cannonball in the leg, requiring several surgeries and a lengthy recuperation.  During the months when he was bedridden, Ignatius read the lives of the saints; and deeply moved by their piety and their example, he resolved to be instead a soldier for Christ.  He founded th … [Read more...]

Ex-Convict Arrested in Murder of Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP – UPDATED

Gary Moran - arrested in killing of Fr Walker

A 54-year-old homeless ex-convict has been arrested in Phoenix, accused of the murder of a priest and the wounding of a second priest.KPHO, the local CBS affiliate, reports that Gary Moran, a homeless man with an extensive criminal record, was arrested Sunday night and jailed on suspicion of shooting the Rev. Kenneth Walker multiple times at Mother of Mercy Mission Catholic Church in south Phoenix on Wednesday. Moran was released from prison just two months ago, after serving nine years of … [Read more...]


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