Fifty Years a Catholic Priest: R.I.P. Father Leonard Chrobot

Things were different in May 1964, when Father Leonard Chrobot was ordained to the priesthood. The Mass was entirely in Latin; the priest faced the altar during the liturgy; and the faithful knelt at the communion rail to receive the Eucharist. Father Len saw many changes in his priestly life, but this didn't change: He loved being a priest, and he loved his Polish roots. He had served as coordinator of the American Polish Research Fellowship Program at Notre Dame. He was one of the founders of … [Read more...]

Heroic Priesthood: A New Film from Fr. Robert Barron

Is there anyone out there who doesn't agree that the Catholic priesthood has faced an onslaught of criticism in the last decade? Since 2002, when reports of clergy abuse hit the headlines en masse and the U.S. Bishops initiated a strong program of zero tolerance and healing, too often even faithful Catholic priests have been regarded with mistrust.  Good priests have too often been painted with the same broad brush that is used to mark the very small percentage of priests who have, in fact, b … [Read more...]

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...]