St. John Vianney, Pray for Us

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

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...]

Fr. Walker, Young Priest Murdered in Phoenix, Teaches About Mercy and Justice

 "We have grown far too attached to our own knowledge, our technology, and our pleasures--such that we have forgotten God and what He has done for us."   Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSPOn June 11, 29-year-old Father Kenneth Walker, a priest of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter  (FSSP), was killed in what is believed to be a burglary.  Father Joseph Terra, 56, who was with Father Walker at the rectory of the FSSP's Mater Misericordia Mission, was also shot and remains ho … [Read more...]


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