Posts Tagged ‘Priesthood’

Can the Catholic Church find salvation in a greater role for women?

Thursday, June 13th, 2019
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For committed Catholic Kate Englebrecht, most days at her home in Mudgee in the central west of New South Wales start with a simple routine — quiet reflection and prayer. It is in stark contrast to the recent turbulent times for the church, including a royal commission which exposed widespread sexual abuse, and the conviction Read more

Catholic priest fights in a boxing tournament

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

On Tuesday night, Feb. 19, I will fight in the 89th annual Bengal Bouts boxing tournament put on by the University of Notre Dame’s amateur boxing club. Three years ago, I was the first priest to fight in the tournament—and lost in a split decision in the heavyweight final. I consider it an honour to Read more

Fr Harry Costello celebrates 60 years of priesthood

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Father Harry Costello was ordained 60 years ago, at the age of 25. Costello and three others will have their decades of service celebrated in a Jubilarians’ Mass at St Mary’s Church in Whanganui on September 18. Continue reading Related Posts:Wake-up call for Australia’s CatholicsCatholic church will become ‘women-free’ within 20 years,…70 new priests ordained Read more

Cardinal Dew says concrete actions will follow apology for abuse

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Cardinal John Dew says the Catholic Church will follow up Pope Francis’ apology to victims of clerical abuse with “concrete actions” to ensure children are protected and perpetrators are held to account. Dew, the archbishop of Wellington New Zealand, was speaking to The Irish Times on the fringes of a pastoral conference on The Future Read more

Crisis is a call to a new vision of the priesthood

Monday, August 27th, 2018
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A Jesuit priest who has been on the frontline of advocating for survivors of clerical sexual abuse and developing detailed programs to prevent abuse said the crisis unfolding, again, in the United States is a summons to a new way of envisioning the church and taking responsibility for it. “I am not surprised” by the Read more

Bishop Drennan delivers Keynote address to Sydney clergy

Thursday, August 16th, 2018
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Bishop Charles Drennan of the Diocese of Palmerston North was this year’s keynote speaker at the Archdiocese of Sydney’s clergy formation conference. The topic given to Bishop Charles was: “Icons of Christ: developing personally and professionally as leaders of local faith communities for the new evangelisation. Bishop Charles noted that leadership is currently a hot Read more

Importing foreign priests is not the answer

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
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Pope Francis this weekend will ordain eleven new priests for the Diocese of Rome. At a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter, otherwise known as “Good Shepherd Sunday,” the pope will also ordain five other men for two different religious orders. But only five of Rome’s 11 new priests Read more

60 years a priest: “The less you say the more you say”

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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Father Don Morrison recently celebrated 60 years of priesthood. He told those gathered to honour the occasion that his first posting was to Pahiatua where the then parish priest advised him that “the less you say, the more you say.” “As a Martinborough parishioner, where Fr. Don celebrates vigil Mass on a Saturday evening, I 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

God kept nagging me says NZ’s youngest priest

Monday, July 31st, 2017
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Alister Castillo, 27, who is thought to be the youngest priest in New Zealand says God is a “nagger”. “It’s that very annoying nagging that’s kind of like when your parents are telling you to do the dishes, ” he told Stuff.co.nz Castello, who describes himself as “a born and bred Cantabrian”, completed his secondary Read more