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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The Crescat Responds to my Recent “Yes to Love” Query with Style & Spirit

Leave it to Katrina Fernandez — AKA “The Crescat” here at Patheos — to respond to my recent question about celibacy with wit and wisdom. Let’s talk about expressing love and having sex. I get asked a lot, as a single person, about the “lack of love” in my life. How do I cope? Do [Read More...]

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Is Conscious Celibacy a “Yes” to Love?

I could use your opinion. Especially if you are single. I’ve run into a bit of a sticking point in my work on my new book, “The Grace of Yes”. In one of the chapters, I am looking at the concept of saying, “Yes” to love in our lives. I want to include all kinds [Read More...]

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Light of Love: Help Make a Film about Religious Vocations

LOS ANGELES – With less than one month until production, Catholic vocations organization Imagine Sisters is proud to announce a film about the beauty of religious life: Light of Love. The film will be centered around five interviews with sisters from around the United States and will include a first-hand look into the prayer, service, [Read More...]

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Must See TV! Catch “Team Sisters of Mary” on The American Bible Challenge Tonight

They’re back: Dominican sisters compete in the semifinals of The American Bible Challenge Sisters take next step in advancing to the final prize on hit Game Show   ATLANTA, April 11, 2013 – The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are set to display their impressive biblical knowledge in the semifinals of Season 2 [Read More...]

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Team Sisters of Mary Take on The American Bible Challenge Tonight

You’ve probably heard the good news about the amazing television program The American Bible Challenge, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy on Game Show Network. When the show debuts tonight for its second season, Catholics around the country will be rooting for a special trio, Team Sisters of Mary from the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother [Read More...]

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Pope Francis on the Priesthood and the Eucharist

From EWTN comes this short video footage, where — as Cardinal Bergoglio — he comments on the role of the priesthood and the beauty of the Holy Eucharist: I love his comments on the laity, the faithful, in the participation of the Eucharist and his excited plea to young men to consider the beauty of [Read More...]

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Ferns, Flowers, & St. Mother Marianne

I’ll admit to having a “thing” for one of our newly minted Saints, St. “Mother” Marianne Cope. Among the newly canonized, she is likely my “favorite” saint (or at least in a two-way tie with St. Kateri). So I was excited to run across this gift shop offering a few special devotional items being offered [Read More...]

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A “Saintly Smackdown” What If: Women Priests

Ave Maria Press family at University of Dallas Ministry Conference

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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Finding Focus

This afternoon, I’m at Panera with my son Adam. Our Sunday afternoon “Panera dates” have become a tradition this year as we work through Adam’s college application process. Despite my fear of sounding like a commercial for Panera, I must say that the combination of plentiful electrical outlets, free caffeine refills, wifi and an out [Read More...]

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