Category Archives: Vocations

6 More Gifts For the Newly Ordained: The Sacred and the Human

Had more ideas for great gifts to get for a newly ordained priest. Beyond the six I listed last week, here are six more, with some focusing on the priest and others on the man who is now a priest. 1) A Pyx with a Burse I’m sorry I didn’t think about this before! Thanks [...]

A Hardcore Catholic Love Story

In my continuing attempt to chronicle Catholic identity as it is lived in  time, I give you the modern Catholic love story which you see unfold at campuses like Benedictine College. I’m not saying this is the way love stories should be, or that this kind of love story is superior to others — in [...]

Six Great Gifts for the Newly Ordained. (and five things to shy away from.)

You can hardly go to a cathedral these days without running into an ordination. Every year in late May and through the month of June seminaries are letting out and bishops are laying on hands. That tough slog of seminary is done—six years at least, eight for some men, perhaps even more. By this point [...]

A Priest for Forty Hours

This incredible story came to me first via family. St. Joseph Parish in Maumee, Ohio posted this note to their Facebook page on Wednesday (it has already been viewed and shared thousands of times since then): As many of you know, our seminarian Deacon Scott Carroll has been battling cancer for some time. Although Scott [...]

Servant of God, Emil Kapaun Awarded Medal of Honor

Emil Kapaun was born in 1916 on a farm near Pilsen, Kansas. In June of 1940, he was ordained a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Wichita and soon became a US Army chaplain. In late 1950, he was captured by Communist forces in North Korea and imprisoned—he died in May of 1951. The heroism [...]

God Knew It was “Not Good,” So He Did Somethin’ ’bout It.

I’ve had two pieces run at the National Catholic Register in the last couple of months because I’m Catholic, I’m single, and a I’m a guy, and apparently a decent enough writer to opine on living under such a combination of circumstances. Back at the end of January my first piece looked at the first [...]

In Defense of Priestly Celibacy

Over at First Things I have an article in defense of priestly celibacy.  Not surprisingly, many commentators on the left took the occasion of Benedict’s resignation to claim that celibacy is contrary to nature, a cause of priestly misconduct, and should be scrapped.  More surprisingly, this argument was also pressed from the American right, notably [...]

A liberal family goes retro with traditional husband and wife roles

New York Magazine ran a feature this past weekend of a liberal family that has embraced traditional roles as a sort of counter-counter-cultural reversal of the feminist program. It is perhaps ironic then that today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, the humble carpenter, foster father of our Lord, and chaste guardian of the Blessed [...]

Is Celibacy a Sin?

Is celibacy a sin?  This question is posed by Walter Russell Mead at his blog.  Mead does not mean seriously to suggest that celibacy is a sin.  Rather, he poses the question as a way of exploring the mentality of the kind of modern, secular liberal who seems to think that celibacy is a sin, [...]


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