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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 dcngreg@gmail.com.

Stephen Colbert, Lord of the Dance

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

I confess to being a shameless fan of Stephen Colbert. (I once said of him, “I worship the water he walks on.”) And now, there’s something new to feed my fixation: a website about the Catholic Colbert. Hat tip to […]

Just in time for Father’s Day …

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The Bluegrass State last month appears to have held the first father-son diaconate ordination ever in America. On May 18 Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz ordained John Riehl, 59, and his son Christopher, 29, to the diaconate in their home church. […]

Welcome, “Open Book”-ers!

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

And a warm thank you to the amiable Amy Welborn, who took the time and trouble to give this little blog a generous little plug. Take a load off, set a spell, and browse the archives. Feel free to comment. […]

Shameless plug: I’ve been “Busted” and “Whispered”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The nice people over at “Busted Halo”, an online magazine run by the Paulists, have printed an essay of mine, adapted from my first homily. And, to my astonishment, it’s now getting a wider circulation, thanks to the venerable blog […]

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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.

posted 10:29:55pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

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

posted 6:55:42pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »

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.

posted 1:04:10pm Dec. 11, 2010 | read full post »


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