Posts Tagged ‘Priest’

The cry of a priest

Monday, July 11th, 2022

The suicide of Father François de Foucauld of Versailles has deeply affected the Catholic community in this Western Parisian suburb. We must be careful not to jump to quick conclusions or make judgements. The “reasons” for a suicide are intimate and will always retain, even if it is painful for those around them, their share Read more

You can’t reach the world when all you have is a hammer

Monday, December 7th, 2020

“Give a small boy a hammer, and he will find that everything he encounters needs pounding,” said philosopher, Abraham Kaplan. In the Church today, we have one single instrument for leadership—the pastor. Search church positions on any of the many job search forums and recruitment sites and you’ll find there is only one tool churches Read more

Lock-down leaves priests feeling non-essential, losing identity

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Priests may be feeling non-essential as quarantine restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have distanced them from their parish communities. Many churches have had to close or limit their activity in recent months and priests are struggling to support or even engage with their community, a psychologist says. Dr. Christina Lynch Read more

Fr Hartman: Divorcée, father of two and priest

Monday, September 16th, 2019

Father Tom Hartman’s first call was as a father. His second was as a Catholic priest. Hartman’s path to the cloth is one he loosely calls his resurrection story. It’s not a resurrection of mortal death, but the ending of one path and beginning of another he’d always felt called to. He married young. After Read more

Father Felix Donnelly: commentator on human sexuality

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Father Felix Donnelly died in Auckland on Monday 26 August. He was Director of Religious Education for the Auckland Diocese 1962-1971. For 20 years Donnelly was a talkback host on Radio Pacific. Donnelly was a controversial commentator on issues in relation to human sexuality. His views were often seen to be in conflict with the Read more

Departing Whanganui priest will be missed by his football club

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Father Louis Bochkolz has proudly worn his collar while playing the game that he loves for Castlecliff Football Club in Whanganui The game last Sunday was a farewell celebration for him between Castlecliff St Anthony’s XI and a Whanganui combined XI which was attended by almost 100 people. Buchholz is from Belgium, he was posted Read more

Priest suspended: rap music is not allowed in preaching

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Rap music is not allowed to be used as a way of delivering sermons. Doing so led to a Kenyan priest being suspended. The priest – Father Ogalo – who says he was using rap music to deliver his sermons to “bring the youth closer to the church,” has landed him in hot water with Read more

Ninja priest unlikely contestant on a hit TV show

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Among the contestants on season 10 of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, there’s one who stands out. In addition to being a physical trainer, Father Stephen Gadberry is also a Catholic priest. He hopes that his participation in the upcoming season of American Ninja Warrior will make the clergy appear more human and available. Continue reading

The priest who died on a Vietnam battlefield

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Labor Day, September 4, 1967, in the United States was just like so many other Labor Days before: the last day before the start of school, a federal holiday, banks and stores closed, and people preparing to join friends and family for backyard barbeques. But some 8,000 miles away in South Vietnam it marked the Read more

Hindu to Atheist to Agnostic to Anglican to Catholic to priest

Monday, July 17th, 2017
Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic, Anglican, Catholic, priest

A remarkable journey will reach a new stage on 15 July when Br Robert Krishna OP will be ordained a priest by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP at St Benedict’s, Broadway. Br Robert’s journey began in Bangalore, India. Originally a Hindu, he became an atheist at the age of 10, and in his late teens considered Read more