The Deacon's Bench
June 2008 Archives

A couple weeks back, I blogged about my vacation at Disney World. I got some nice reaction to the piece, which I ended up re-publishing (in slightly altered form) in my parish bulletin. Imagine my surprise when I got an …Read More

The good people of Louisville were celebrating yesterday at Slugger Field, marking the 200th anniversary of the Archdiocese (founded, originally, in Bardstown, just a stone’s throw from Thomas Merton’s old home, the Abbey of Gethsemane) The Courier-Journal has the story, …Read More

The much-in-the-news Sally Quinn recently interviewed the former president of Ireland, who had some things to say about her own clashes with the Catholic Church, and her controversial stand on family planning. Take a look.

Denver’s Archbishop — perhaps hoping to avoid the confusion and PR misery that followed L’Affair Pfleger in Chicago — is about to draw a line in the sand for his own priests on the subject of politics and the pulpit. …Read More

Several days ago, I mentioned The Indy 25, a big batch of deacons ordained in Indianapolis in its first-ever class. Now, a local paper has picked up the story: The Archdiocese of Indianapolis, cut from the wilderness nearly 175 years …Read More

With the pontiff’s recent decision on communion still freshly in our minds, a true story: One of our priests today came back into the sacristy after communion, tossed his stole on the counter and fumed, “Did you see that? Did …Read More

Fans of the angel-voiced young singer will want to take note of this tidbit, from the British press: Charlotte Church and Gavin Henson had their “little angel” Ruby christened yesterday in a small family ceremony…followed by a massive knees-up in …Read More

I was surprised and delighted to see a brief article in this morning’s New York Times about Cathedral Prep Seminary in Elmhurst, Queens. By day, it’s a high school for young men; by night, it is used by the diaconate …Read More

(This Sunday morning, my parish is installing new ushers, EMHCs and lectors. This is the homily for that mass.) This Sunday, we mark a special feast in the church calendar, honoring two pillars of the faith, Saint Peter and Saint …Read More

The diaconate is becoming such a presence in the Church, even the secular media are sitting up and taking notice. This, from the Savannah Morning News, in Georgia: The Rev. Bienvenido Perez Jr. assists at Mass every weekday at the …Read More