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Can you believe it’s been 30 years since Pope John Paul celebrated mass in that cornfield in Iowa? (How’s that for a “Field of Dreams”?) People who were there are still talking about it. Read more here.

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Incredibly, it’s been almost exactly 30 years since Pope John Paul II made his historic trip to America’s heartland, celebrating mass at a farm in Iowa.  (“We are all farmers,” he said at one point.)   Well, the spirit of […]

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I’m not preaching this weekend, so I don’t have a homily to post.  But I can direct you to a superb homilist and writer, Fr. Jim Schmitmeyer, who offers some beautiful and compelling words about this week’s scripture.    Fr. […]

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Last year, Indianapolis ordained its very first class of deacons. And you can find out how they’re doing right here.

Last year, I posted on the first class of deacons ever ordained for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.   One year on, how are they doing?  The archdiocesan paper takes a look:  A little more than one year after their landmark […]

“Love for Christ and for one’s fellow men and women must be the hallmark of every Christian and every community. In the Acts of the Apostles we read that “the company of those who believed were of one heart and […]

Amazing, indeed. Check out more here.

This comes from our Eastern Rite desk. Check out these vestments.  This is why God gave the world Kodachrome. 

Get a load of this:  The image above comes courtesy American Papist and shows, incredibly, over 800 men being ordained at once in Spain in the 1950’s.    Visit this link for more details and pictures that will make your jaw […]

The story, and pictures, here.