Have you ever seen a diaconate ordination like this?

A reader sent this my way, with this explanation: Deacon Greg, Knowing your interest in all things deacon-ish, I thought I’d pass along a video showing scenes from the ordination of a new deacon in Christ the Savior Cathedral according to the rites of the Russian Orthodox Church by Patriarch Kirill. Take a look. It’s [Read More...]

Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s surprising comment on ordaining women

I guess I wasn’t the only one who did a double-take when I heard this on “60 Minutes” Sunday night: Catholics who thought Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s remarks about Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn’s suitability for office were provocative have another interesting comment to ponder: If he were to start a church, he would “love [Read More...]

CNN explores the priesthood: a review

Set your TiVo to catch a documentary tonight on the priesthood, with Lisa Ling. The trailer: Patti Murphy Dohn of The Catholic Review in Baltimore got a preview: This program presents the increase in vocations to the priesthood and seminary enrollment in the Diocese of Lansing, highlighting the daily life, ministry, and family of several [Read More...]

How a man’s job at a Lutheran company led him closer to his Catholic faith—and to the diaconate

From North Texas Catholic, further proof that God writes straight with crooked lines: Deacon Doug Wuenschel, who retired as a deacon five years ago but has worked at Immaculate Conception Church and the University of North Texas in Denton, as well as at the University of Dallas in Irving, said working for a Lutheran company [Read More...]

Archbishop of Malta approves ordination of permanent deacons

Details:  “Society needs a church that is credible, that is representative of society and that is not afraid of getting its hands dirty. It needs to address the different realities faced by society today and be present throughout the joys and sorrow of the people. Appointing permanent deacons is hopefully one of many steps the [Read More...]

A little time with the Little Sisters

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent tonight with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Queens Village, leading their monthly Holy Hour for Vocations. They were warm and welcoming, despite the steady autumn drizzle that I suspect kept a lot of people at home tonight. I’m also told that the house was a little emptier; [Read More...]

Seminarian with brain cancer writes to Brittany Maynard: “Our lives are worth living”

Remarkable and moving witness, from the Diocese of Raleigh website: Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal [Read More...]

Are you free Wednesday night? Stop by and spend an hour with Jesus, the Little Sisters, and me

I got a very nice email a couple months back from The Little Sisters of the Poor, inviting me to take part in their monthly Holy Hour for vocations here in Queens. I was happy to accept. I’ll be there tomorrow, Wednesday October 22, at 6:30. I’ll offer a brief reflection on my own vocation and, I [Read More...]

Indianapolis diaconate booming: “This is seeing God’s work”

Just six years after the first class was ordained, the diaconate in the archdiocese is showing strength and growth. Details:  Ten years ago, 25 men from across central and southern Indiana began a formation program through which they would be ordained in 2008 as the first permanent deacons in the history of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. A decade [Read More...]

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...]