Popular Priest, Theologian and Author Reaches Mountaintop — Then Falls and Dies

Fr Robert Cormier

Father Robert Cormier, a New Jersey priest and author, has died in a tragic 1,000-foot fall from the top of Mount Hood.According to MY9NJ.com, the local Fox News affiliate in Jersey City: Sheriff's office spokesman Pete Hughes said Cormier ascended Mount Hood's south side with two others, one of whom suffered a leg cramp.Cormier continued alone and appeared to reach the summit before he fell near Eliot Glacier at the volcanic peak 50 miles east of Portland.A helicopter photographed … [Read more...]

Another Ecumenical Gesture, This Time in Norway: Lutheran Cathedral Hosts Catholic Ordination

Nidaros Cathedral

For the first time since the Reformation, a man has been ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Norway's Nidaros Cathedral, which is built over the burial site of St. Olaf, Norway's patron saint. Built from 1070 to 1300, the Romanesque and Gothic Nidaros Cathedral is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world.  It was a Catholic cathedral until 1527, when it was taken over by the Lutheran Church during the Reformation. Bishop Bernt Ivar Eisvig, the Catholic bishop of Oslo, ordained … [Read more...]

British Priest Who Died During “the Troubles”: “I Am Only Doing God’s Will”

Funeral for Fr. Gerard Weston

The paratroop brigade thought the world of him.  His friends described him as "gay, outgoing, generous and energetic."On February 22, 1972, Fr. Gerard Weston, chaplain with the Paratroop Regiment in Belfast, died along with six civilians when the Irish Republican Army detonated a car bomb at Aldershot, a town southwest of London.  It was the first major act of war against the British Army on English soil.The young priest had been ordained by Archbishop Heenan in 1960, and spent his first … [Read more...]


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