The Deacon's Bench
March 2009 Archives

Okay, well, not exactly. But on the NET series “City of Churches” last week, they visited and toured my old parish in Astoria, Queens, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The neighborhood has the greatest concentration of Greeks outside of Athens. […]

We know newsrooms are laying off staff and there is even word now that some broadcast outlets may outsource their sports coverage. But then you see something like this and think: “Last one out of the newsroom, please turn off […]

Just when I needed a good laugh, along came this: During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and left a bouquet of white […]

“I find the invitation very disappointing. Though I can understand the desire by a university to have the prestige of a commencement address by the President of the United States, the fundamental moral issue of the inestimable worth of the […]

With a lot of attention and ink being devoted to the “Domers” at Notre Dame, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at another Catholic university, and another dome, where a long-awaited architecture project may finally be […]

A brother deacon from the Diocese of Brooklyn sent this link my way, with the note, “Let’s get civil and teach about the real problem.” Here’s an excerpt, from the National Catholic Reporter piece. It’s by Dr. Thomas Patrick Melady, […]

Take a look at the video below: It depicts Baptist pastor Walter Hoye protesting outside an abortion clinic in California, while clinic escorts attempt to block his sign with blank pieces of cardboard. Hoye was arrested and his now in […]

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has a new deacon — and he probably has one of the more unusual resumes in the chancery: Fire Chief James Clack aims to keep us out of blazes – in Baltimore and in the hereafter. […]

After visiting with Archbishop Burke a couple weeks back, and videotaping his remarks on communion and pro-choice politicians, passionate pro-lifer Randall Terry probably thought he was doing something noble by releasing the tape to the public. He thought wrong. The […]

From Canada comes this remarkable story of a permanent deacon being ordained to the priesthood — but like so many, his journey was unique: Growing up on a West Quebec farm in the 1930s, Gerard Lafreniere’s dream came to him […]