The Deacon's Bench
February 2009 Archives

Just in time for Lent, when more of us are struggling to fast and do without, someone created this: It’s the world’s largest Girl Scout cookie. The caption says: Pastry chef Ernie Rich applies the finishing touches to the largest […]

This bulletin is undeniably good news: The Vatican says the number of priests worldwide is slowly but steadily rising. The Holy See presented its yearbook filled with statistics to Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday. Since 2000, the number of priests […]

I’d thought I’d toss this out there to see what “Bench” readers think. Most of us would probably agree that the collar to the right, or a variation of it, is typically found around the neck of a Roman Catholic […]

That is the (nowadays) politically incorrect caption for the above photo, which shows an order of African-American sisters in New Orleans. As Black History Month draws to a close, you can find that and more at McNamara’s Blog, including the […]

The cardinal archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony, is suggesting to his flock that the answer is not what you might think. Here’s part of his 2009 Lenten message: According to the calendar, Ash Wednesday occurs this week and we […]

I can’t believe it’s been a year. We miss you, brother. Deacon Jim HynesJuly 31, 1958 – February 26, 2008

The Vatican wasn’t impressed with the limp olive branch offered yesterday by the SSPX’s most notorious bishop: The Vatican said Friday that the apology issued by an ultraconservative bishop who denied the Holocaust was not good enough to admit him […]

The deacons of Boston had their annual convocation recently, and The Pilot has the scoop: Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley briefed permanent deacons on new archdiocesan initiatives and emphasized the increased importance of their ministry in the coming year at their […]

An alert reader spotted this item in the Washington Post, about a remarkable outreach to an often-neglected community: Two autistic boys sat inside a parochial school classroom this month. In a setting stripped of unnecessary furniture and toys to avoid […]

Tonight, as we have every Friday during Lent for the past several years, my wife and I will undertake a unique apostolate within our parish, leading a devotion known as “Mary’s Way of the Cross,” by Richard Furey. It looks […]