The Deacon's Bench
June 2010 Archives

Take a moment to be moved, and inspired. From the heart of Brooklyn, via “Currents,” profiles of the three men ordained this weekend.

Now there’s a place where you can find out. The story is in this morning’s Detroit Free Press: We use dating Web sites to find soul mates. Now, some entrepreneurs want to take that to a higher level and help […]

That’s the name of a Facebook page that caught the attention of a reporter at the Riverside Press-Enterprise in California, and he decided to investigate: David Calvillo used to think praying the rosary was for “old ladies and funerals.” Then […]

Though the advice in this piece is aimed primarily at Protestant preachers, some of the ideas have applications for the rest of us, too: In churches of any denomination, pastors serve and shepherd the people. Preaching is only one aspect […]

It could happen. I didn’t get a chance to post this last week, but it’s noteworthy for so many reasons. Thursday night, Bishop DiMarzio formally opened the cause for the canonization of the late, great Msgr. Bernard J. Quinn — […]

It’s a busy time in the country’s cathedrals and basilicas. Worcester just ordained three new permanent deacons, and the Catholic Free Press has a lovely look at their calling: He wrote letters to his former girlfriend. But then he destroyed […]

Word is filtering through the diaconate community today that Paul McArdle, the first deacon ordained in the United States, has died.   He was 76.  I received the following comment on my blog this afternoon: My name is Fr. Mario […]

Below, the first published snapshots (forgive the miserable quality — deacon photographer at work!) of the new priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn, ordained Saturday June 26, 2010 at the Basilica Cathedral of St. James. Below, Fr. Nixon Jean-Francois, Fr. […]

Busy weekend here at The Bench: I’ll be attending the ordinations of three new priests for the Diocese of Brooklyn Saturday morning, then on Sunday, serving as deacon at the Mass of Thanksgiving for one of them, Fr. Alonzo Cox. […]

Yes! Can someone say “Amen!”? This just made me smile: a video of the newly installed bishop of Springfield concluding his homily with a song from one of the Backstreet Boys. Yes. Really. You can read about him here. But […]