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“A heroic sense of calling” draws men to seminary

posted by deacon greg kandra

With so many seminaries all but empty, and so many dioceses struggling to find priests for their parishes, what is happening in Minnesota could well be considered a miracle: St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul has increased its housing, […]


posted by deacon greg kandra

Can wearing a clerical collar be hazardous to your health? A report out of England suggests it can make you a target: Catholic and Anglican vicars should remove their clerical collars while off-duty to avoid being singled out for attack, […]

“My life is a gift given to me by God, and He has a plan for it”

posted by deacon greg kandra

Thinking about dedicating your life to God as a priest or nun? The Columbus Dispatch, in Ohio, decided to profile a few people who are weighing that question, as part of a series. And the first installment was published Friday: […]

Oops: that’s not the kind of ‘Dialogue’ they meant

posted by deacon greg kandra

A Florida seminary is reeling from a lot of bad buzz over ads in its quarterly magazine — and now, it seems, it was all a terrible mixup: Whether it was a ghastly prank or a nightmarish mistake is not […]

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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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