Praying at St. Peter’s

May 24, 2016 We started the day with a hearty Italian breakfast at Casa Bonus Pastor: bread, bread, more bread, and strong coffee. Then we hiked down the Via Aurelia to St. Peter’s. After being re-routed a couple times, we found the correct entrance to attend Mass. (They have Mass almost every hour in one of the side Read More…

On the Road: Roma!

May 23, 2016 After a long but uneventful flight from JFK—and a much shorter-than-expected trip through the TSA screening—we arrived in Rome early this morning. Very early. Around 6:30. We managed to breeze through the passport check, grabbed our bags almost immediately, and quickly made our way to the taxi stand. Why isn’t it this easy in New Read More…

My First Trinity Sunday Homily

May 22, 2016 Back in 2007, I had just been ordained two weeks when I went down to Virginia to assist at my nephew’s wedding—my first as a deacon. It was the weekend of Trinity Sunday. I chatted with the pastor during the rehearsal. He was irked. “I screwed up the dates,” he said. “I always try to schedule Read More…

Church of Scotland to Allow Same-Sex Marriages for Clergy

May 22, 2016 Details:  The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow its ministers to be in same-sex marriages. The gathering, which opened in Edinburgh today, voted in favour of extending a law passed last May that permits ministers to be in same-sex civil partnerships. The outcome follows years of deliberation on the issue Read More…

Romeward Bound

May 22, 2016 The Deacon’s Wife and I will be heading out the door later today, bound for JFK Airport to begin our journey to Rome for the Jubilee for Deacons.  Blogging may be light; we’ll see how the wi-fi is. I’ll be in Rome all week, giving a talk Friday afternoon at a quaint little parish church Read More…

Ordination Update: 5 New Deacons for Green Bay

May 21, 2016 From The Compass Flickr page: Bishop David Ricken ordained five men to the permanent diaconate May 14 at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. The new deacons include: Deacon Tony DeBroux, Deacon Mark Fuller, Deacon Bob Seymour, Deacon Bernie Terrien and Deacon Dan Zajicek. Check out the great album of photos from the ordination here.  Congratulations and Read More…

Ordination Update: 7 New Deacons for Biloxi

May 21, 2016 This popped up on the diocese’s Facebook feed Saturday afternoon: Bishop Roger Morin ordained seven men to the permanent diaconate today at Nativity BVM Cathedral. Congratulations to Deacons Richard Smith, Richard Kren, Ronald Alexander, Jesus Arellano, Jim Gunkel, Paul Matherne and Michael Butler. Congratulations and welcome, brothers! Ad multos annos!

Benedict: Recent Reports on Third Secret of Fatima “Absolutely Untrue”

May 21, 2016 From Vatican Radio:  Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said he never told anyone the publication of the “Third Secret of Fatima” in the year 2000 was incomplete, and confirmed the document was published in its totality. A Communiqué was published Saturday by the Holy See Press Office on various articles regarding the “Third Secret of Read More…
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