Teaching priests how to preach

Msgr. Francis J. Weber has assembled a collection of homilies for priests finding themselves short of time, or inspiration, as they prepare for Mass

The following comes from an October 14 Angelus article by Mike Nelson: “A preacher,” says Msgr. Francis J. Weber, “has maybe a quarter of an hour a week to reach his audience at Mass with his homilies. But many of today’s preachers in our church are overwhelmed with so many responsibilities that they don’t have time to properly prepare.” And that’s a problem, says the … [Read more...]

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The new push to end priestly celibacy

Those who want to overturn the ancient discipline are energetic, well organized and influential

The following comes from a February 25 Catholic Herald article by Jon Anderson: The Catholic Church is once again embroiled in arguments about whether priestly celibacy has a place in today’s world. As Catholicism in most Western countries faces a rapidly aging priesthood, a severe shortage of vocations and declining congregations, abolishing or at least relaxing the ancient … [Read more...]

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Who are the new priests and nuns?

Nearly all of religious profession class of 2015 participated in vocation program

The following comes from a February 4 USCCB news release: Nearly all of the religious men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2015 had a strong, active parish life or participated in a vocation program or experience prior to entering their religious institute, according to the annual survey on men and women religious conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the … [Read more...]

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Spiritual retreat with style

Free rooms at Meritage Resorts to priests who celebrate Mass

The following comes from a December 14 OC Catholic article by Kimberly Porrazzo: Father Peter Towsley didn’t look like the other guests waiting to check in at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara. While most who had just arrived at this AAA Four-Diamond luxury hotel were dressed in resort wear and had enough bags to fill the porter’s luggage trolley, he arrived wearing his … [Read more...]

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Just because my son’s a priest doesn’t mean I’m a theologian

Growing group of Phoenix-area mothers whose children are discerning vocations

The following comes from a November 24 Catholic Sun article by Lindsay Wantland:. Carla Sperry never expected to be looked at as an expert in the Catholic faith. “Sometimes, even when my son was in the seminary, people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re the mother of a seminarian!’ and they would think that I would know so much about our religion.” A growing group of … [Read more...]

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Gay marriages aren’t sinful, says Catholic priest

Who is Father Danielson to judge?

The following comes from an October 5 Catholic Voice article by Father Dan Danielson. This was Father Danielson's homily, slightly edited, at Mass on June 28. He is the former administrator of the Diocese of Oakland and retired pastor of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton. A homosexual orientation is born, not made. No one simply chooses to be "gay." Studies have shown … [Read more...]

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How California’s future priests are being formed

72 men ‘ready to lay down their lives’ at St Patrick’s Seminary

On the evening of Saturday, September 19, more than 550 people gathered on the outdoor grounds of St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. The occasion was St. Patrick’s Eighth ‘Four Pillars’ Gala, the seminary’s annual fundraiser in support of their mission: forming men for the priesthood of God. Founded in 1898, St. Patrick’s is currently forming 72 men from the dioceses of … [Read more...]

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