Did I Hear a Future Bishop Preach This Weekend?

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This weekend was a moment of celebration for my home Diocese of Fresno as three of our seminarians were ordained to the diaconate on Saturday. Their ordination marks the commencement of one final year of preparation for the priesthood and is a joyful moment for the faithful here in the Central Valley. A Father’s Love [Read More...]

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“People Might Be Surprised to Know”… 2014 Profession Class Shares Their Stories

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  The USCCB is sharing some “insider information” from newly professed men and women religious who offer a fascinating insider view of their lives and call to the priesthood or religious life: Meet the Profession Class of 2014 Here’s one great example: “People might be surprised to know that before I became a sister, I had [Read More...]

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Voices of Faith: Vatican Celebration for International Women’s Day

I’m so excited to set my alarm and tune in for this amazing, ground-breaking event being held tomorrow at the Vatican for tomorrow’s International Women’s Day. “Voices of Faith” will happen physically at the Vatican, but the organizers will be using the latest in live-streaming technology to bring the voices of women who have committed [Read More...]

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America Video Portrays Strong Catholic Women

I’m grateful to our Sweet Tweeter John Clem for pointing me to this wonderful video from America Magazine, which portrays stories of several strong Catholic women of faith. Their stories show the diversity of today’s Catholic woman, but also her heart connection to her Catholic faith and how that permeates her entire life. America asked [Read More...]

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Mulieris Dignitatem 25th Anniversary Sparks Seminar at the Vatican

News out from the Pontifical Council for the Laity: Twenty five years after the publication of the apostolic letter Mulieris Dignitatem by Blessed John Paul II, the Pontifical Council for the Laity wishes to reflect again on this document. A quotation from this letter is the theme of the seminar: God entrusts the human being to a [Read More...]

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Why Do Passionate Preachers Make Some Catholics Squirm?

I recently had a terrific Mass experience that has me mentally trying to answer something, so I thought I’d share my befuddlement here in the hopes that you might have some answers. Case in point: me, sitting in Mass, listening to an amazing homily by a passionate preacher. He’s on fire, and actually has been [Read More...]

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Football, Monks & Friendship — Learning from Each Other

I loved this Catholic News Service video, a follow up to an earlier sharing, that looks at the blossoming friendship between NFL player Ramon Foster of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Benedictine Father Paul R. Taylor, the Executive Vice President of St. Vincent College. In the video, priest and pro share what they’ve learned from one [Read More...]

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Win Benedictines of Mary’s New CD “Angels and Saints at Ephesus”

If you’ve ever wondered what singing angels sound like, it’s easy to imagine the possibilities when you listen to the Benedictines of Mary in song. This order of contemplative nuns melted our hearts with their first CD “Advent at Ephesus” and now they are back with a new release that launches on May 7. “Angels [Read More...]

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A “Saintly Smackdown” What If: Women Priests

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Hi guys — sorry for the radio silence here on the blog over the past few days. I was engulfed in traveling to and presenting at this year’s wonderful University of Dallas Ministry Conference. The event was — as always — well organized and enthusiastically attended. Before I launch into the “meat” of this post, [Read More...]

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