Number of priests, seminarians and nuns declines worldwide

Vatican statistics show increase in Catholic population but drop in vocations

Fides News Service offers some statistics of the missionary Church all over the world. The tables are taken from the latest edition of the “Church’s Book of Statistics” published (updated to 31 December 2016) regarding members of the Church, church structures, healthcare, welfare and education. Please note that variations, increase or decrease, emerging from our own comparison … [Read more...]

35 new priests ordained in California this year

Among them are surfers, financial managers, space researchers, teachers and musicians

A diverse mix of 35 new apostles of Christ were ordained to the priesthood in California this year, entering ministry to the state’s Catholics. The newly-ordained priests include men who heard Christ’s call early in their adult lives, but also men who travelled other paths into middle age before hearing the call. Among them are men who had been surfers, financial managers, … [Read more...]

More than 300 priests attend conference on preaching in Huntington Beach

Inaugural Word on Fire National Conference for Priests held Aug. 20-22, focused on homiletics

Returning from Bishop Robert Barron's conference held this week on preaching, several priests said the experience was a grace-filled time to focus on one of the most important roles with which they are tasked. The inaugural Word on Fire National Conference for Priests was held Aug. 20-22 in Huntington Beach, Calif., fewer than 20 miles southwest of Orange. Sponsored by the … [Read more...]

Surfers, bikers and a vegan

The nine future priests who will be ordained by Archbishop José H. Gomez at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on June 2 are as diverse as the flock they’re being asked to serve

Among Los Angeles’ soon-to-be priests, one comes from as far away as Manila, and three others from the Midwest. Others are native Angelenos whose grandparents called LA home. Two of them worked in the film industry before answering God’s call, and another worked for an aerospace engineering firm. There are even a couple of surfers among St. John’s Seminary Class of 2018. The … [Read more...]

‘Surfing Padre’ dies in Huntington Beach

Rev. Christian Mondor, known for starting the annual Blessing of the Waves, died just two days before his 93rd birthday

Beloved Rev. Christian Mondor, known for starting the annual Blessing of the Waves in Huntington Beach, died April 25. It was just two days before his 93rd birthday, Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church told its families Thursday. “He loved life to the fullest and the people to whom he ministered, fighting to stay with them until the very end,” Rev. Ryan Thornton of Sts. … [Read more...]

Oakland priest reflects on getting old

84-year-old priest says daily rituals and routines key to facing life's demands, avoiding depression

The following is by Rev. David K. O'Rourke, OP, special to The Catholic Voice: I am an old man. And I am depressive by temperament. I don't know what that means, but whatever it is, it means that I've got to work at keeping going. So I do. And it works. So that is what I want to talk about. What I do, and on a regular basis every day. How I go about it. Why I set up these … [Read more...]

Oakland priest donates kidney to his mom

Fr. Brandon Macadaeg and mother out of the hospital in four days after surgery on the Feast of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist, new kidney began working immediately

For Rev. Brandon Macadaeg, the opportunity to become a kidney donor for his mother has been a spirit-filled journey. The surgery, which took place Dec. 27 at Stanford University Medical Center, was successful. "Everything went well," Father Macadaeg said. Both the son and his mother, Cindy, were out of the hospital four days after the surgical procedure. For Father Macadaeg, … [Read more...]

Pay increase in Sacramento diocese

Priests and lay employees get 2.5 percent raise, teacher salaries to be addressed later

Dear Pastors, Parochial Administrators, Parish Stewards, Schools Administrators, and Agency Directors: Each year, I publish a salary adjustment guideline that serves as the standard guideline for lay employees and priests employed by our parishes, schools, agencies, and administrative office of the diocese. Catholic school teacher salaries will be addressed in a separate … [Read more...]

Last year Ensenada, next year the Vatican

Reservations now open for Orange diocese's second Bishops’ Pilgrimage Cruise aboard largest passenger cruise ship in the world featuring an ice skating rink; 10 pools, 8 water slides

The Diocese’s first Catholic cruise with Bishop Kevin Vann and Bishop Tim Freyer last summer was so successful that the Diocese is planning an even bigger annual bishops’ pilgrimage cruise in 2018. Last July, Bishop Vann, Bishop Freyer and a group of 207 parishioners departed Long Beach for a brief weekend cruise to Ensenada, Mexico where Mass was celebrated in a cathedral in … [Read more...]

Greenfield priest gets Lumen Christi Award

Fr. Enrique Herrera, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, receives highest honor of Catholic Extension; only the third time Californian has received the award, first time for the Diocese of Monterey

Celebrations of the Virgin of Guadalupe's feast day came two days early in Greenfield on Sunday. Nearly two thousand individuals came out to participate in the hour-long procession including Aztec dancers, costumed native bands, women in embroidered dresses and many caballeros on horseback. The crowd assembled outside of Holy Trinity Church to attend an outdoor Mass and … [Read more...]