Must-see video: “What we’re really hungering for is God”

A priest with the Congregation of Holy Cross sent this my way, with this note: Our Vocations Office, with a film team from California, has been working hard over the past several months to produce a short video about Final Vows. I think there has been–and rightfully so–some good media produced on the topic of [Read More...]

UPDATE: Kidnapped priest released

From The Catholic Herald:  A Catholic priest kidnapped by Islamists in Syria has been released, according to the Custody of the Holy Land. Fr Hanna Jallouf, a Syrian, was taken captive in Tuesday by the al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra front, along with 20 parishioners. In a statement the Custody of the Holy Land, the head of [Read More...]

Parish priest, 20 Christians kidnapped in Syria

From Reuters:  A parish priest and a number of Christians have been kidnapped from a Syrian village near the border with Turkey, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said on Tuesday. The Latin Patriarchate, which oversees Latin Church Catholics in Israel and neighbouring countries, said Father Hanna Jallouf had been kidnapped on the night of Oct. [Read More...]

Fr. Benedict Groeschel dies on the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis

The legendary friar and popular writer and TV personality has gone home. My blog neighbor Kathy Schiffer reports: We’d heard reports of his recent fall, which injured the same arm that had been injured ten years ago in an auto accident.  Doctors who treated him for this most recent injury chose not to repair the damage, [Read More...]

Prayers for Benedict Groeschel

The Cardinal Newman Society posted this on their Facebook page:  We received word from the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal that Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., fell and reinjured the same arm that was hurt in his accident ten years ago. One of his brother friars, Fr. Glenn Sudano, related that Fr. Groeschel is in much [Read More...]

Bishop resigns, saying “I’ve been unfaithful to my promises as a Catholic priest”

This doesn’t happen very often. Details:  An English bishop has announced his resignation after disclosing that he has been unfaithful to his vows. Bishop Kieran Conry made the announcement in a letter to be read out at Masses in his Diocese of Arundel and Brighton this weekend. He apologised for being “unfaithful to my promises [Read More...]

“I have seen the love of Christ shine through them”: check out this beautiful video on the priesthood

A thoughtful reader sent this along: it’s the video that was shown last night at a fundraiser for retired priests in the Archdiocese of Boston. It is superb. The YouTube description: The Celebration of the Priesthood dinner on September 24, 2014 raised more than $1.6 million in support of the health, welfare, and retirement needs [Read More...]

Here’s a great way to help support vocations—and it’s an offer too good to refuse

The folks over at Vocation Boom, the non-profit working to boost vocations to the priesthood, contacted me this morning about a great opportunity for all of you to get involved in their project—and get something extra in return. They’re hoping to expand their offerings over the next several months. To do that, they need bucks. [Read More...]

Fr. Mychal Judge’s last homily: 9/10/01

The now-famous first fatality of 9/11 delivered these remarks the day before he died, at FDNY Engine 73, Ladder 42, Bronx, NY.  *** Good morning, everyone.May the grace of God the Father, peace of God the Son, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.We come to this house this morning to celebrate renewal, rejuvenation, new [Read More...]

More on the seminarian ordained near death: “He will be serving the people of God in heaven”

For those who read this story yesterday and saw the poignant video, more details today from The Tennessee Register:  As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: “Where is Bishop Choby?” “When will he get here?” And finally: “How many more hours [Read More...]


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