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They call the CEO “Sister”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A business journal in Albany, New York has just profiled a “woman who means business,” and it turns out to be a nun in charge of Catholic Charities: Sister Maureen Joyce never moved far from her roots, but her benevolence […]

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Something fishy about Mother Angelica

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Those of us who know Mother Angelica from her television ministry might be surprised to learn that her first forays into evangelism began just like the apostles: with fishing. A reader sent me the following, from Fishing for History: One […]

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God talks, children listen

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

From Los Angeles comes this story of an ingenius new tool for teaching children about scripture: a talking bible. Really. From The Tidings: Three years ago, St. Paul the Apostle parishioner Pamela Fischer woke up one morning in Los Angeles […]

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No greater love

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

I don’t think I’ve read a more gut-wrenching or soul-stirring story this week than this remarkable report from the Washington Post. I’m reminded of this Sunday’s gospel: “God so loved the world…” What will a father do for his child? […]

“Full House, Full Hands, Full Hearts”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Wow. That was my reaction when I scanned one of the comments about my homily from this Sunday and discovered that it was from a woman I’d mentioned, Erin Henderson. You just never know who will visit The Bench. Turns […]

Love that gives life and hope

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Over the last 48 hours, there’s been considerable slinging of mud and whispering of innuendo about Sarah Palin and her youngest child. Now comes the surprising news that the vice presidential candidate’s 17-year-old daughter is five months pregnant. In the […]

“To grow in holiness, that’s what I want to do”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A fellow blogger sent his my way, and it’s too good and too rare to pass up. It’s the story of a teenager who is planning to become — are you sitting down? — a nun. From The Catholic Globe […]

Sarah’s choice

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Now that the McCain candidacy has become the McCain-Palin ticket, more attention is being focused on the compelling personal story of Sarah Palin. Most inspiring of all: her devotion to her Down Syndrome son, born just this past April. This […]

Coming soon: a married priest who will make history

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Now for something completely non-political — and really, quite inspiring. America is about to get another married priest, but one unlike any other. From the Louisville Courier-Journal: David Harris never considered his conversion to Catholicism six years ago to be […]

Think your life is hard?

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Think again. Read this item from the Catholic News Agency and — in the words of that great old hymn — ponder anew what the Almighty can do: Lucia Otgongerel was born in Mongolia 30 years ago without hands or […]

Note by note

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Looking ahead to this Sunday, and preparing my homily, I have been re-reading the story of Canaanite woman. The episode has many facets, but what strikes me, again and again, is this woman’s brave persistence and perseverance. (You’ll have to […]

Meanwhile, over at The Anchoress…

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

…her online retreat is going gangbusters, and she’s just posted a heart-stirring meditation on energy: There are things seen, and unseen. Energy is seen and unseen, and all around us. God is all around us, too – seen amongst us […]

The Madonna March

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Just in time for an important Marian feast — the Assumption — a large group of soldiers is on the march, headed toward a famous shrine devoted to Mary. Amazingly, most of the Americans on this little pilgrimage aren’t even […]

Retreating with The Anchoress

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

After many weeks of planning, The Anchoress is doing something altogether original. For the next few days, she’s leading an online “retreat.” I’m delighted and humbled to say that she’s asked me to be a part of this innovative enterprise, […]

“Father Damien, I need your help…”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Last month, it was reported that Blessed Damien would finally be named a saint. Another miracle, we were told, had been attributed to his intervention. Now the woman who received that miracle is at last telling her story. From the […]

“An oasis for prayer” in Atlanta

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed some wonderful private retreats outside Atlanta, at the Trappist Monastery of the Holy Spirit, in Conyers. But that’s not the only Catholic house for spiritual seekers in the area. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this morning profiles […]

Running for God with the “Iron Friar”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Some weeks back, I posted an item on how too many priests aren’t fit — physically, that is. Now comes this nifty news item about a physically fit friar — the “Iron Friar” — who puts all of us to […]

“Once Upon A Time”: a Randy Pausch musical tribute

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

This is a lovely ode to the great Randy Pausch, from Tom Dermody, editor of The Catholic Post newspaper of Peoria, Illinois. Watch and weep. H/T to Catholic News Service blog.

Stop the presses! A Catholic school with free tuition?!

posted by deacon greg kandra

Yep. Hard to believe, but true. At a time when Catholic schools are closing, are raising tuition to levels many parents can’t afford, one school in Pennsylvania is bucking the trend. It’s free. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: When the Rev. […]

Randy Pausch’s cloud

posted by deacon greg kandra

Above is the “word cloud” that someone created of the top 20 most-used words that people posted at Tributes.com about Randy Pausch. Now a woman who wrote one of the many obituaries about Randy has shed some light on the […]

Randy Pausch, 1960-2008

posted by deacon greg kandra

This gifted man — who was himself a gift — is gone. From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor whose final lecture inspired millions, has died of pancreatic cancer. Dr. Pausch, 47, who turned […]

“Peace, son”

posted by deacon greg kandra

This shot tells a beautiful story of a father’s love for his son. It comes from Texas Catholic — and an alert reader sent it my way. It’s Shreveport’s new Bishop Michael Duca being embraced by his father Lewis during […]

Randy Pausch, still alive and kicking — and sweeping his wife off her feet

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

An alert reader sent me word that the great Randy Pauschwas featured this weekend at the graduation ceremony at Carnegie Mellon. The local press takes note: The crowd rained a second standing ovation warmly on Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon […]

“God, you left the prophetess alive to tell the story”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Astonishing stories don’t get more astonishing than this one, from Rod Dreher’s column in the Dallas Morning News: On the afternoon of May 4, Jessica Johnson Palmer took her three children to a park to meet her former boyfriend. According […]

Katie Couric picks Randy Pausch for Time’s list

posted by deacon greg kandra

A gal in my office was asked to suggest a name for Time magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People. She picked someone who is a hero of mine — and a fellow I’ve written about frequently on the blog […]

Healing after Virginia Tech: “Purpose and hope – the raw ingredients of happiness”

posted by deacon greg kandra

While much of Catholic America is fixing its gaze on the pontiff, as he speeds his way to the U.S., this remarkable story from today’s New York Times caught my eye. It’s timed to another significant event, tomorrow’s one year […]

From tragedy, a lesson in forgiveness

posted by deacon greg kandra

You read stories like this and you cannot help but stirred by the human capacity to forgive. It’s from the New York Times, with a big fat hat tip to Rod Dreher at Beliefnet: For more than a quarter mile, […]

The deacon in a wheelchair: “If I could change things, I don’t know if I would”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here is a story to give hope and uplift to anyone who has ever faced problems in life that seemed insurmountable: testimony by people from all walks of life who are living with physical challenges. One of those people: a […]

Lubich on love

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

We should live in such a way that in our last hours we will not regret having loved too little. — Chiara Lubich, whose funeral mass was celebrated today in Rome, at St. Paul’s Outside the Walls. I don’t think […]

Chiara Lubich dies

posted by deacon greg kandra

This moved a short time ago on the Catholic News Service: Chiara Lubich, the 88-year-old founder and perpetually smiling symbol of the Focolare movement, died early March 14 in her room near the Focolare headquarters in Rocca di Papa, south […]

Brett Favre: Hail Mary passes…and Hail Marys

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s a glimpse at a side of legendary quarterback Brett Favre that most may not know: his Catholicism. From the Catholic News Service and Catholic Online, courtesy the Green Bay diocesan paper, The Compass: While the sports world came to […]

“I’m forever hopeful and I believe in what I preach”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Need an upper today? This piece from a paper in Pittsburgh just might do the trick: He’s known from Pittsburgh to Guam, offering a message redeemable by all ages. His caring and compassion have comforted as many as 15,000 in […]

Looking for a few good men

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s a little something to lift your heart on a Sunday, a story about a huge gathering of men in Milwaukee, all eager to learn and live the gospel message: Father Larry Richards, host of Relevant Radio’s “Changed Forever” program, […]

Randy Pausch: an update

posted by deacon greg kandra

How could anyone forget Randy Pausch? Last year, I first posted the story of his amazing “last lecture” — and I even preached about it one Sunday in a homily. Steve Hartman, Oprah Winfrey and Diane Sawyer have all profiled […]

“God opened the door”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

As one of our correspondents at CBS likes to put it: “Everybody has a story.” And the story of this Protestant minister’s conversion to Catholicism, printed recently in the Catholic Explorer in Illinois, is well worth hearing: At the same […]

The blessing of wrong turns

posted by deacon greg kandra

My friend, the Trappist monk and writer Fr. James Stephen Behrens, sent this along the other day. It’s too good not to share: No one likes getting lost as a result of a wrong turn off any real or figurative […]

“God wanted me ordained now, not 30 years ago”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Not long ago, a reader wrote in and asked if I knew of any places for a man with a late vocation. I directed him to this seminary, in Massachusetts. And now a local paper has done a story about […]

Unexpected monks

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Here’s a little news nugget that made me go “Huh?” And then “Wow.” From the Boston Globe, a story about evangelical Protestants who are embracing, of all things, monasticism: S.G. Preston is a Knight of Prayer. Each morning at his […]

Where the streets have no name: a stunning Super Bowl moment

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

While doing a little search for more memorable Super Bowl moments, or at least some cool ads, I stumbled upon the one below. I didn’t see it when it first aired in 2002. But it is a stunner. Audacious, and […]

“My confessor, my friend”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A reader in South Carolina sent this column along with a note: “This guy sounds like a great priest.” He sure does: There are people who stand by you. People who inspire you. People you imagine will always be there […]

You are loved

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Every now and then, we all need to be reminded. A classmate once told me about some advice he received from a priest on the subject of preaching: “Just remember,” the priest said, “to tell the people that God loves […]

An Orthodox Jewish Cowboy? Yup.

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is a little off the beaten path for me, but it’s just such a rich and fascinating interview, I thought it worth sharing. It comes to us from the Washington Post’s On Faith section (whose virtues I’ve extolled several […]

Vocation stories just don’t get any better than this. Really.

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is another of those great late vocation stories — but with a lot of twists along the highway of life. A lot. It comes to us from the Detroit Free Press and columnist Susan Ager: Tony Cureton is 63 […]

Why non-Catholics like Catholic schools

posted by deacon greg kandra

If anyone wonders why non-Catholics would want to send their kids to Catholic school, the Georgia Bulletin has a heartening explanation: Recommendations from other parents and a long-standing reputation as effective educators who also address a student’s moral development are […]

A priest’s priceless gift to a parishioner and friend: his kidney

posted by deacon greg kandra

This item from Florida is as surprising as it is rare: the story of a priest who truly gave of himself for a former parishioner. From Florida Catholic: Chances are, if you’ve ever had to hold your breath for more […]

Tiny bubbles

posted by deacon greg kandra

No, we’re not having a Don Ho moment here at The Bench. The bubbles in question are found at an innovative new spiritual website called Other6. It seeks to feed people who are seeking spiritual food for the other six […]

Reversing sterilization: one family’s story

posted by deacon greg kandra

And now for something completely different — and utterly surprising: the story of a Georgia couple who reversed a sterilization procedure, and welcomed a bouncing baby boy: Etched into David Hanson’s memory is the image of his wife, Catherine, having […]

Refusing to take the easy way out

posted by deacon greg kandra

Over at Inside Catholic, they’re offering this beautiful and heartfelt tribute to something so many of us have trouble with today: commitment. The ability stick to something — a marriage, a career, a vocation, a faith — is something that […]

A stray bullet, a stricken child: “We will not be terrorized by this”

posted by deacon greg kandra

God’s ways are not our own — and tragedies like this one can only serve to deepen the sense of mystery that surrounds His plan. Take, and read, and pray: Fifth-grader Christopher Rodriguez sat down Thursday at his piano for […]

A home schooled teenager: “We’re not crazy”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Here’s a riveting story, from the Hartford Courant: a first person account of what it is like to have been home-schooled. It’s part of the Courant’s “I Am…” series, complete with a short video: There are a lot of misconceptions […]

The gift of giving

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Two great stories about the gift of giving caught my eye recently. The first came last night on the CBS Evening News — a broadcast with which I have some passing familiarity, cough, cough — and was about a bank […]

Keep it simple, stupid

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

That’s the theme of this delightful music video I just caught at Beliefnet. Think life is complicated? Relax, dude. This is a perfect chaser for a Friday. Enjoy.

Veteran, theologian, and survivor of PTSD: “God gave me my identity back”

posted by deacon greg kandra

We hear a lot about returning war veterans broken in body, but less about those who are broken in mind and spirit. But here’s the story of one veteran — who is also a theologian and teacher — who is […]

Caught on tape: a monastic morning

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Just when it seemed my life was getting a little too frenzied, my favorite blogger from a cloister sent this my way. Thanks. I needed this. (And I think a lot of us do.) It comes from a wonderful web […]

Watch this video and change your little corner of the world

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Surfing around, I found this wonderful little video that speaks beautifully to the idea of service. Each of us has something to give. What is yours?

The Christmas miracle of Alcides Moreno

posted by deacon greg kandra

In a world hungry for hope, here is something to lift the heart: the story of a New York City window washer who fell hundreds of feet from a skyscraper and, in what may be the very definition of “miracle”, […]

Don’t worry. Be happy.

posted by deacon greg kandra

And you will be, after you see and hear this amazing rendition of “Ave Maria,” by Bobby Ferrin. Hat tip to New Advent for linking to it, and to Alive and Young for first posting it. It’s just wonderful. Enjoy.

Auntie Anne’s “Twist of Faith”

posted by deacon greg kandra

If you thought she was just a shrewd businesswoman with a knack for kneading dough, you might be surprised at the real story behind “Auntie Anne” and her blockbuster pretzel business. The Washington Post has the details: Her name is […]

From atheist to catechist

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

How does someone who believes in nothing come to believe in God? Down in Virginia, the Arlington Herald recently published the remarkable story of how a young woman who had turned her back on God found her way to the […]

Carol of the bells

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is a season for the ringing of bells — but for a group of Catholics in St. Petersburg, Florida, the peal will soon have a different appeal. They’ll be ringing bells for the pope: To most Catholics, having an […]

“Disability is a gift”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s a story worthy of Tiny Tim, during this season of affirmation and hope — a profile of a gifted Jesuit born with one arm, but seemingly limitless optimism: The life of the imagination has no physical boundaries and people […]

Best high school graduation story. Ever.

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

A pal sent this my way this morning: it’s a wonderful story about the last graduate of a Texas high school that closed its doors in 2006. Grab a box of Kleenex and watch.

Hannah Storm: “God has created me to do Him some definite service”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a blog post from a television news anchor that is simply a Catholic prayer. It comes from my CBS colleague, Hannah Storm, who is about to depart as co-anchor of CBS’s The Early […]

A Muslim in Iraq: “Tell me more about Jesus”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Every now and then, a conversion story hits you so hard you just stop and go “Whoa.” That pretty much sums up my reaction to this remarkable item from the Catholic News Agency. A stringer went over to Iraq and […]

The deacon with a badge

posted by deacon greg kandra

I’ve always been impressed at the surprisingly large number of cops and former cops who find themselves attracted to the diaconate. There are a number of them in the Diocese of Brooklyn — each enthusiastically continuing the vocation to serve […]

Winning isn’t everything

posted by deacon greg kandra

Football season is winding down — which makes this profile of a Milwaukee coach all the more timely, and important. For Coach Bob Hyland, coming off a 3-7 season, winning isn’t the point: Hyland was pleased with the effort, determination […]

Encountering Divine Mercy — and a young man with a mission

posted by deacon greg kandra

The roving religion writer for the Washington Post, Christy McKerney, popped by Our Lady of Divine Mercy in Massachusetts the other day, and had a memorable encounter with a young seminarian: Only Brother Andrew Davy, a 26-year-old American University graduate […]

One family’s story of the power of prayer

posted by deacon greg kandra

This is the time of year we count our blessings, and number the miracles of our lives. The Sherman Family certainly has a lot of both to keep track of. This item from the Arlington Herald speaks volumes about how […]

“He feeds everybody. He’s an angel.”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Every now and then in the Sunday New York Times, in between the ads for the thousand dollar Gucci ear rings and the million dollar Westchester bungalows, you find something truly priceless. This story is that something. It’s a beautifully […]

A Catholic evangelist?

posted by deacon greg kandra

That is what convert and businessman Richard Lane calls himself, and some of his wise words on the faith were published recently in the St. Louis Review: Lane is known as a Catholic evangelist, a term he said people have […]

“I’m thankful to be alive”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Thanksgiving and the holidays can be a difficult time for many of us. This year, the Associated Press profiles several families coping with tragedy — but counting their blessings: When American families gather together this week to give thanks for […]

“God loves all simple things. For God is the simplest of all.”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

November 19 marks my six-month anniversary as a deacon. I still can’t believe it. Anyway: I had asked a friend if she would sing Bernstein’s “A Simple Song” at my Mass of Thanksgiving the day after my ordination. She was […]

A Catholic soldier: “Sometimes killing is necessary. That doesn’t make it right.”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Tenety has posted a terrific interview this weekend with a Catholic veteran of Iraq who is now a student at Georgetown. As Tenety describes him: “William James Quinn was 24 and a veteran of the Iraq […]

The bullet in the breviary

posted by deacon greg kandra

You can never tell where a vocation will come from, and in Florida Catholic this week there’s a stirring story of a young boy whose life was shaped by one memory of an uncle who was a military chaplain during […]

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a remembrance of Norman Rockwell

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Washington Post has a new roving On Faith columnist, Christy McKerney, who roved her way up to Stockbridge, Massachusetts and visited the Norman Rockwell Museum. There, she pondered some of the amazing pictures, and chatted with a woman who […]

Worried about the future? Read this. You’ll feel better.

posted by deacon greg kandra

From Louisville comes this story of a 22-year-old who would put most of us twice his age to shame. It’s a little-reported nugget of news from the USCCB meeting in Baltimore — and it’s well worth your time: David Golemboski’s […]

Honk if you love Divine Mercy!

posted by deacon greg kandra

A Cleveland Catholic has been promoting an unusual kind of ministry for the last several years — and it’s caught the attention of a lot of motorists. Now, it’s also caught the attention of the Catholic Moment newspaper: Joe Cannon, […]

What’s a consecrated virgin?

posted by deacon greg kandra

I thought you’d never ask. And, frankly, I’m not so sure myself. But the good people at The Catholic Spirit newspaper in Minnesota do have the answer — along with a few others. They spoke with a youth minister who […]

Alex Jones: the evangelical who became a Catholic deacon

posted by deacon greg kandra

One of the more celebrated Catholic converts — and a recently ordained deacon, by the way — is former evangelical Alex Jones. He now spends much of his time traveling the country, talking about his journey back to the Church. […]

From their cloister to your computer

posted by deacon greg kandra

And now for something completely different: cloistered nuns who have made Eucharistic adoration their personal ministry — on the internet. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: When she entered religious life four decades ago, Sister Mary Catherine supposed her life as a […]

“Let Me Sow Love”: a Catholic mother’s outreach to gays

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

From Illinois comes this surprising story of a mother who is struggling to live the gospel by reaching society’s outcasts — in this case, young men and women who are gay: Jackie Frett of Notre Dame Parish has taken a […]

On a mission from God to…Seattle?

posted by deacon greg kandra

What’s it like to be a missionary in the modern age? A couple hundred people called to that vocation are gathering to discuss that question this week in Pittsburgh. And, as the local paper describes it, the job is the […]

One seminary, two brothers

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s unusual that brothers find themselves in the seminary studying for the priesthood at the same time — but that’s happened to two men in New Orleans. The Clarion Herald profiled them recently: At a time when the U.S. church […]

“One hour at a time”: evangelicals discover monasticism

posted by deacon greg kandra

When I was visiting the monastery in Georgia, I heard about evangelicals making retreats there. I thought that was unusual — but this article seems to indicate it’s part of a growing trend: About eight years ago, I found myself […]

Celebrating El Senor de Los Milagros, “Christ of the Miracles”

posted by deacon greg kandra

In Baltimore this weekend, the faithful turned out by the hundreds to celebrate nothing less than something miraculous: Hundreds of Peruvian-American Catholics reinforced ties to their religious heritage yesterday as teams slowly carried an image of Jesus that is revered […]

“More than ever, the world needs souls who will climb up on that mountain”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Here’s a remarkable vocation story: a Franciscan who is also a musician — and who is about to enter a cloister in Italy. It comes from The Catholic Moment newspaper in Indiana: Music often tells a story, and a concert […]

From selling Tabasco to saving souls: the ad executive who became a priest

posted by deacon greg kandra

The Via Dolorosa is a long way from Madison Avenue. But this story from Georgia tells of an advertising executive who has just been ordained a priest, and is following the way of Christ, at the age most executives are […]

When Randy met Oprah

posted by deacon greg kandra

Randy Pausch, of the now-legendary “last lecture,” appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show Monday, and there are portions available online, at this link. For those just joining us for this remarkable story, you can catch up right here, where there’s world […]

Promises to keep

posted by deacon greg kandra

It’s not often that you stumble on a journalist of deep faith, writing about that faith honestly and forthrightly in the secular media. But this comes to us from Tracy Grant, the Weekend editor of the Washington Post — a […]

“Behold your angel”: one deacon’s journey

posted by deacon greg kandra

I love a good vocation story — especially when it involves a deacon. And this one, from California, is a real inspiration. Get a box of Kleenex and read on: Tom Ciccarelli’s path to becoming a deacon for the Catholic […]

Making “Bella”: “It was an incredible leap of faith”

posted by deacon greg kandra

The new movie Bella, scheduled for release next week, has generated a lot of favorable buzz in the Catholic press — and now The Tidings newspaper in Los Angeles tells the story behind the story, and reveals how it came […]

The Ricky Nelson hit that’s paid off for the Dominicans

posted by deacon greg kandra

This story from CNS is such a jaw-dropper, I’ll let it speak for itself: So what’s a nice, mild-mannered, 72-year-old Dominican priest doing collecting thousands of dollars in royalty checks for a rock ‘n’ roll classic that he co-wrote in […]

A ministry that’s like two “praying hands”

posted by deacon greg kandra

With more lay people taking on vital roles in American parishes, a church in Illinois has given two vital roles to one lay woman: “I’m in heaven every day. I love what I do. I wonder why it’s taken so […]

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