15 men take next step towards ordination as permanent deacons

Families and friends filled St. Patrick Cathedral Aug. 10 to watch as 15 men were instituted as acolytes – one of the final steps toward their formation as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Charlotte. Paul Bruck, Ralph D’Agostino Jr., David Faunce, Steffen Fohn, Frank Moyer, Timothy Mueller, Matthew Newsome, Quang Nguyen, David Ramsey III, Martin Sheehan Jr., Francis Skinner, Paul Sparrow, Peter Tonon, Donald Waugh Jr. and Jack Yarbrough are candidates for the diaconate, expected to be ordained next year. As acolytes, the men are now entrusted with the duties…

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Cardinal Nichols ordains seven new priests

Cardinal Vincent Nichols ordained seven men to the priesthood at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday. The cardinal described priests’ ministry in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire, saying how clergy prayed for the dead and sprinkled holy water on the debris. “This, for me, is a most remarkable image of priesthood, etched in sharp detail against that blackened, towering skeleton,” he said.

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Pope speaks on priestly celibacy, populism in new interview

Pope Francis, in his latest published interview, indicated that he is open to discussion of ordination for married men. The interview was scheduled for publication in the German journal Die Zeit on March 9, during a week when the Pope and the leaders of the Roman Curia are on their annual Lenten Retreat. Questioned about the shortage of priests in many countries, Pope Francis said that “the Church is weakened, because a Church without the Eucharist doesn’t have strength: the Church makes the Eucharist, but the Eucharist also makes the Church.” However,…

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God has not stopped showing mercy

THE YEAR OF MERCY HAD ENDED, BUT GOD HAS NOT STOPPED SHOWING MERCY ON 20 November this year, the Church closed the door of mercy which was the vision statement of Pope Francis at the beginning of liturgical year calendar last year. He made this movement to grant so many privileges to certain things that were obviously locked and neglected. To this effect, many chained cases got freedom and were liberated. It was on 3rd April, 2016, that a deacon who has stayed for 19 years and the other 14years respectively were ordained Catholic priests. This was a great praise…

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