Posts Tagged ‘Ordination’

Survey: New priests are young and involved in their community

Thursday, April 18th, 2024

The incoming class of seminarians who will be ordained in 2024 is young and involved in their community, an annual survey released April 15 found. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned the Center for Applied Research (CARA) at Georgetown University for an annual survey. From January to March of this year, CARA surveyed almost Read more

Be not ordained

Thursday, April 27th, 2023
Be not ordained

Forty-five years ago, I wrote a parody of a then-popular Catholic hymn. The same parody works today: Be not ordained Priesthood is for men only Don’t follow me, for they will give you grief. We laughed then, but decades later, it is not very funny. In fact, it is rather tragic. What is tragic is Read more

The Church needs priests, but for what?

Thursday, July 7th, 2022
Church needs priests

We’ve just turned the page on the month of June, traditionally in some parts of the world, the time for priestly ordinations in many parts of the Catholic world. According to figures from the national bishops’ conference, the Church in France was ordained 122 new priests this summer – 77 diocesan and 45 from religious Read more

A film director and a soccer player to be ordained by Pope

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Pope Francis will ordain nine deacons to the priesthood at St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, 25 April. Among those who are to be ordained are Samuel Piermarini, who gave up a promising football career and Riccardo Cendamo, a former film director. Read more

What is a valid baptism?

Monday, August 31st, 2020

Fr Matthew Hood of the Archdiocese of Detroit recently discovered that his baptism as an infant had been invalid when he watched a family video that showed Deacon Mark Springer saying, “We baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The Congregation for the Doctrine of Read more

Parishioner sacraments in question after priest’s own invalid baptism

Monday, August 24th, 2020
invalid baptism

The validity of some Dearborn, Michigan, parishoners’ sacraments has been called into question after one of its own priests invalid baptism! Father Matthew Hood learned that he was not a baptised Catholic earlier this month after watching a family video of his baptism and where some words were changed. The words used at his baptism Read more

Extraordinary form ordination in Auckland in October

Monday, August 24th, 2020

An ordination to the priesthood and to the diaconate according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite will take place at St Benedict’s church in Newton, Auckland, in early October. NZ Catholic understands that Bishop Denis Browne, Emeritus Bishop of Hamilton, will ordain Deacon Roger Gilbride, FSSP, to the priesthood and Mr Brendan Boyce, Read more

Priest ordained for Palmerston North diocese

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Peter Trung Nguyen was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal John Dew at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Palmerston North last Saturday. The event had been postponed from April because of COVID-19 restrictions. And because COVID-19 Alert level remains at 2, numbers were still restricted. Nguyen said that while he was happy to Read more

New Catholic priests in Europe mainly Polish

Thursday, February 20th, 2020

About a quarter of all new Catholic priests in Europe are Polish, according to data from the Polish Institute for Catholic Church Statistics. Furthermore, since 2000 the statistics show a decline in the number of new priests in Poland, as well as a rise in the number of those leaving the priesthood. Around 350 new Read more

Six ordinations in 12 months signals positive new energy

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Six ordinations in a twelve-month period signals a positive new energy and life for the Catholic community of Westland, Canterbury and the Chatham Islands says the vocations director of the Christchurch diocese. On his website Food For Faith Fr John O’Connor was commenting on a feature in the Press about the recent ordinations in Christchurch. But Read more