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...]

Born Into Slavery, Fr. Augustus Tolton May Become a Saint

Fr. Augustus Tolton

On March 2, 2010, Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, announced that he was beginning an official investigation into Father Augustus Tolton’s life and virtues, with a view to opening the Cause for his canonization. The following year—on February 24, 2011—the Roman Catholic Church officially began the formal introduction of the Cause for sainthood of Father Tolton.  He was designated Servant of God; and Historical and Theological Commissions were established, with the responsibil … [Read more...]

Sts. Cosmas and Damien: Did They Perform the First Successful Medical Transplant?

SS Cosmas and Damien graft the leg of a black person onto the stump of Deacon Justinian (by Jaume Huguet, 1415-1492)

Who are Cosmas and Damien?Their names are mentioned in the Canon of the Mass (Eucharistic Prayer I).   A church was erected on their burial place, and  a famous basilica was built in their honor in Constantinople.  The Church in the West celebrates their memorial on September 26.But little is known about these twin brothers who lived and died during the persecution of the Emperor Diocletian.According to legend, the twins lived in Arabia and became skilled doctors.  In the East, th … [Read more...]