The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench


A Roman Catholic deacon serving the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, Greg Kandra is News Director for the diocese's cable channel, NET (New Evangelization Television.) Prior to that, Deacon Greg worked for 26 years as a writer and producer for CBS News, where he contributed to "The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric," "60 Minutes II," "48 Hours," (Emmy Award, Writers Guild of America Award) and "Sunday Morning." He was co-writer for the acclaimed documentary "9/11," hosted by Robert DeNiro. (Emmy Award, Christopher Award, Peabody Award, Writers Guild of America Award.) His radio essays were featured in the bestselling book "Deadlines and Datelines" by Dan Rather. He's also a two-time winner of the Catholic Press Association Award. Other places you may find him: AMERICA, U.S. CATHOLIC, CATHOLIC DIGEST, REALITY (Redemptorist Communications) and THE BROOKLYN TABLET. He also contributes homiletic reflections to the parish resource CONNECT!, published by Liturgical Publications. In November 2009, he began serving a three-year term as a consultant to the Communications Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Deacon Greg grew up in Maryland (Go Terps!) but he and his wife today live in the beautiful borough of Queens, New York. You can contact Deacon Greg at

The Catholic wedding from hell

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

I don’t know many priests who really enjoy doing weddings. Many of my brother clerics have adapted a contemporary word to describe the blushing young woman at the center of it all: “Bridezilla.” A lot of these women come to […]

Did it play in Peoria? / UPDATED

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

It’s rare to find a Catholic homily bristling with fire and brimstone. But a bishop in Illinois evidently gave one a few weeks back: “In the face of a pagan and utterly corrupt culture, in the face of 35 or […]

Best homily delivered without a pulpit…or a church / UPDATED

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This popped up on Andrew Sullivan’s blog yesterday, and it’s too good not to share. There is a potent sermon in here. Really. Grab a box of Kleenex and just watch. UPDATE: My pal The Anchoress has posted a link […]

So, a Franciscan walks into a barber shop…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The world no longer has Fulton Sheen. But we do have James Martin, S.J. (Department of Full Disclosure: he’s a friend and, since his office is just a few blocks from mine, a sometime luncheon companion.) His book “My Life […]

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Meet Montana's married priest
Earlier this week, I posted an item about Montana getting its first married priest. Now a local TV station has hopped on the bandwagon. Take a look, below.

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Big day in the Big Easy: 10 new deacons
Deacon Mike Talbot has the scoop: 10 men today were ordained as Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. This group of men was formally selected on the day the evacuation of New Orleans began as Hurricane Katrina approached. The immediate aftermath of the storm for this class would be

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Gaudete! And let's break out a carol or two...
"Gesu Bambino," anyone? This is one of my favorites, and nobody does it better than these gals: Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Staade. Enjoy.

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