No to Clerical or Functionary Priests, Says Pope Francis

"...There is no need for clerical priests whose behavior risks distancing people from the Lord, or functionary priests who, while they fulfill their role, seek their consolation far from Him." That was the message  from Pope Francis to the participants in the 67th General Assembly of the Italian Episcopal Conference.  The meeting, which is being held at the Domus Pacis of St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi, is dedicated to the life and formation of priests. The Vatican Information Service r … [Read more...]

Saints and Seminarians: Detroit Archdiocese Launches Vocations Video With a Lively Beat


A YouTube video just released by the Office of Priestly Vocations in the Archdiocese of Detroit serves up a dose of inspiration with a lively beat.Intended for students, for those contemplating a vocation to the priesthood, and for anyone who wants to be holy, the video is the brainchild of Father Tim Birney, director of priestly vocations for the Archdiocese of Detroit.  Brian Meldrum, seminarian and transitional deacon, produced the film."I try to be creative," said Father Tim in a p … [Read more...]

R.I.P. Father Groeschel, Good and Faithful Servant (UPDATED)

Father Benedict Groeschel, CFR has gone home to God.It's not a surprise:  We'd heard reports of his recent fall, which injured the same arm that had been injured ten years ago in an auto accident.  Doctors who treated him for this most recent injury chose not to repair the damage, fearing that he could not survive surgery in his weakened state; so he was sent home in a great deal of pain.  At 11:00 p.m. Friday, October 3, Father Groeschel slipped away, homebound at last.I wrote about Fat … [Read more...]