The Deacon's Bench
June 2010 Archives

“For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity’s affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss–a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity’s mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and […]

A bit fat h/t to Mike “Googling God” Hayes, who is pointing readers to this very good chin-scratcher about what makes for good preaching in the Catholic Church. From the Pray Tell blog: In the midst of all the bustle […]

Fr. Alonzo Cox, Sunday June 27, 2010, at Queen of All Saints Church, in Brooklyn. 

Last week, I posted about the passing of Paul McArdle, hailed as the first permanent deacon in the United States. A day or so later, Deacon Bill Ditewig (Deacon Dr. Ditewig, or Triple D) dropped me a note to set […]

I came across this terrific reflection by the Concord Pastor, who offers a probing examination of conscience keyed to the theme of understanding. It strikes me as particularly apt for those who spend time here in the blogosphere: Do I […]

That’s the gist behind this essay, written by a male school teacher in Maryland: When I started substitute teaching at St. Mary’s, a Catholic school in Maryland, two years ago, I noticed something that has become so common that it […]

This story is a stunner, on so many levels.  It’s reportedly the most-viewed video over at, and I can understand why.  I knew the two people involved when I worked at CBS, so this really hit close to home. […]

Miami’s new archbishop, Thomas Wenski, fights back tears after receiving the pallium from Pope Benedict today at the Vatican. CNS has details. Also, Rome Reports has a video report, below.   

An interesting nugget from Los Angeles, where three girls graduating in one Catholic high school are all the daughters of deacons. From The Tidings: When Haley Guerra graduated from St. Joseph High School in Lakewood May 28, she was able […]

That might become a familiar refrain in some parishes, if they haven’t switched to a new wireless microphone. CNS explains: Churches across the country are among those who might need to switch the kind of microphones they are using if […]