The Deacon's Bench
June 2010 Archives

“For the first month of Ricardo and Felicity’s affair, they greeted one another at every stolen rendezvous with a kiss–a lengthy, ravenous kiss, Ricardo lapping and sucking at Felicity’s mouth as if she were a giant cage-mounted water bottle and …Read More

A bit fat h/t to Mike “Googling God” Hayes, who is pointing readers to this very good chin-scratcher about what makes for good preaching in the Catholic Church. From the Pray Tell blog: In the midst of all the bustle …Read More

Fr. Alonzo Cox, Sunday June 27, 2010, at Queen of All Saints Church, in Brooklyn. 

Last week, I posted about the passing of Paul McArdle, hailed as the first permanent deacon in the United States. A day or so later, Deacon Bill Ditewig (Deacon Dr. Ditewig, or Triple D) dropped me a note to set …Read More

I came across this terrific reflection by the Concord Pastor, who offers a probing examination of conscience keyed to the theme of understanding. It strikes me as particularly apt for those who spend time here in the blogosphere: Do I …Read More

That’s the gist behind this essay, written by a male school teacher in Maryland: When I started substitute teaching at St. Mary’s, a Catholic school in Maryland, two years ago, I noticed something that has become so common that it …Read More

This story is a stunner, on so many levels.  It’s reportedly the most-viewed video over at, and I can understand why.  I knew the two people involved when I worked at CBS, so this really hit close to home. …Read More

Miami’s new archbishop, Thomas Wenski, fights back tears after receiving the pallium from Pope Benedict today at the Vatican. CNS has details. Also, Rome Reports has a video report, below.   

An interesting nugget from Los Angeles, where three girls graduating in one Catholic high school are all the daughters of deacons. From The Tidings: When Haley Guerra graduated from St. Joseph High School in Lakewood May 28, she was able …Read More

That might become a familiar refrain in some parishes, if they haven’t switched to a new wireless microphone. CNS explains: Churches across the country are among those who might need to switch the kind of microphones they are using if …Read More