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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Father King, RIP

Jesuit Father Thomas M. King, who died June 23 at age 80, was a prolific writer and popular Georgetown University theology professor, but the priest's most famous moment may have come from his blessing of "The Exorcist" set in 1972. The movie was filmed in Washington, D.C.
Father King, remembered for celebrating a popular late-night Mass at the university and for his interest in the Jesuit paleontologist Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, helped found University Faculty for Life. As for his brush with Hollywood, he downplayed its importance.
"I think an actor had died previously and other things happened," he once told The Washington Times. "So I gave them a blessing. Took about a minute."
Click HERE to read Catholic News Service's obituary on Father King. 


Monday, June 29, 2009

Woman attributes healing to priest

An Annapolis, Md., woman is crediting Blessed Francis X. Seelos, a 19th-century priest, for her healing from terminal cancer. The Archdiocese of Baltimore, where Father Seelos was ordained in 1844, will open an investigation into Mary Ellen Heibel's claim. Heibel, 71, was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2003.
Click HERE for the Baltimore Sun's story on Heibel and Blessed Seelos.

Friday, June 26, 2009

In their own words

Today, the Catholic News Service blog introduced a series of occasional essays by priests about their lives and ministries.
Click HERE to check out the inaugural piece by Basilian Father Chris Valka, who recounts his long journey into the priesthood after several false starts and a few hard years away from God. It was in an inner-city Houston high school that Father Valka clearly heard God's call to the priesthood.
"Among many things, I realized that what my students really needed was someone to show them — not just tell them — that there is a different way to live," he writes. "More than education or social services, what my students needed was a witness of hope."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Travels with the archbishop

Can't get over to Rome this summer? That's OK. You can be there in spirit by checking out Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron's new blog, which chronicles his visit to the Eternal City. He's there to receive the pallium — a circular stole made of lamb's wool that signifies his role as shepherd of his flock. (Click HERE to read Catholic News Service's story about the symbolism and history behind the pallium.) On June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI will place a pallium around the necks of prelates who have been named to head an archdiocese in the past year.  
In a June 25 posting, the archbishop recalled his visit to several of his old haunts from the days when he was seminarian at the North American College.
Click HERE to tag along with Archbishop Vigneron as he prepares to receive the pallium.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The apostle and the priest

In his general audience today, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the connection between the Year of St. Paul, which ends June 29, and the Year for Priests, which began June 19. He encouraged the faithful to consider how both St. Paul and St. John Vianney both strove to live in constant communion with Christ.
Click HERE to read the pontiff's remarks regarding the Year for Priests.   

'Superhero of holiness'

Forget about Spider-Man and Batman. What we need these days is a superhero who can inspire souls, not fight crime.
Bishop Thomas A. McDonnell of Springfield, Mass., knows of such a person — the late Passionist Father Theodore Foley. In a blessing ceremony Tuesday at Sacred Heart Church in Springfield, the bishop celebrated the sanctity of Father Foley, who is a candidate for sainthood. 
"There is holiness and then there [are] the superheroes of holiness, and many people recognized him as a superhero of holiness," Bishop McDonnell said. 
Click HERE to read the local CBS station's story about Father Foley, who is the only person from western Massachusetts to be a candidate for sainthood.

Welcome to our new Year for Priests blog

Pope Benedict XVI has declared the Church will observe a year for priests from June 19, 2009. to June 19, 2010. We've launched a special web section at www.osv.com/priestyear and will be adding information, news, resources, links and more all year long. We'll also be using this blog for additional information and contact with our readers. We want to know what you think, and what you'd like to know during this year-long celebration of our priests. Let us know at oursunvis@osv.com.