The Deacon's Bench
May 2008 Archives

A number of people noticed that Pope Benedict distributed communion on the feast of Corpus Christi to faithful who were kneeling. Is something up? Catholic News Service says, no: The four dozen people who received Communion from Pope Benedict XVI […]

This shot tells a beautiful story of a father’s love for his son. It comes from Texas Catholic — and an alert reader sent it my way. It’s Shreveport’s new Bishop Michael Duca being embraced by his father Lewis during […]

“We prostrate ourselves before a God who, like a Good Samaritan, was first to bow to mankind as a way to rescue and give him new life, who knelt before us to wash our dirty feet. Worshiping the Body of […]

Last weekend — the weekend when I celebrated the anniversary of my own ordination just one year ago — our neighbors to the east welcomed some new deacons, as the Diocese of Rockville Centre (on Long Island) ordained 13. Visit […]

Tragic news this morning about Steven Curtis Chapman, the popular Christian recording artist. His young adopted daughter was struck and killed by a car, apparently driven by Chapman’s son. Below is a song he wrote about his daughter a few […]

Because we all could use a laugh right about now (and the feast of that saintly cut-up Philip Neri is just a few days away: here’s Adolph Hitler, as you’ve never seen him before. Trust me: you will howl. God […]

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s dispiriting news about the way Cardinal Egan is reassigning priests in his archdiocese, we have this word that someone is coughing up money — a LOT of money — to save a church: An […]

Back on Ash Wednesday, I preached a little homily about penance, and suggested some things we might do during that penitential season of Lent besides simply giving up chocolate. I mentioned praying for strangers, praying for those we don’t even […]

How are vocations in your diocese? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting on the very good news coming out of that archdiocese these days — a surge in priestly vocations, thanks in large part to the efforts of the archbishop: […]

Rocco got the first scoop on this story yesterday, and now the New York Times is running with it. Seems the Cardinal Archbishop of New York is in a personnel-shuffling mood: Cardinal Edward M. Egan has reassigned almost 10 percent […]