US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Men of the same cloth? Old priests vs. new priests

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As wing tips and clerical collars replace sandals and golf shirts, parishes react to a new style of priest.

When the alarm clock rings, Father James Moore, 33, pops out of bed. He brews coffee, makes his bed, and launches into prayer.

Down the hall, Father Bart Hutcherson, 48, likes to set two alarms half an hour apart to ease into the morning. He doesn’t bother making his bed.  


Priestly people skills

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Many consider fervent “JPII priests” a clear byproduct of today’s seminaries—which leads them to wonder what kind of social training seminarians receive.

Homegrown clergy: The case for a new kind of priesthood

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Mmusong is a small but vibrant Catholic community of about 700 high in the mountains of South Africa. On Sundays the simple church building is full, but most of the time not for Mass, only for a service of the Word.

Mass is something rare in Mmusong. The priest of the distant parish center serves nine communities, and he is able to celebrate Mass in Mmusong only once a month.


Season's Greetings: Let's welcome Catholics home

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If we're going to invite disaffected Catholics to come on home, let's also warm up the welcome they're likely to receive.

There's no shortage of programs to draw missing Catholics back to church, but few can boast of their efforts in a single diocese as "an increase of 92,000 souls who came home!" Such is the claim of Catholics Come Home, a new evangelization effort first tested in the Diocese of Phoenix and now expanding to 16 others, including my own Archdiocese of Chicago, which hired Catholics Come Home for a holiday TV ad campaign designed to bring back the lapsed.


It takes a parish: Msgr. Arturo Banuelas on creating a vibrant church

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The key to a thriving parish is not so much what goes on inside, says this longtime pastor, but what its members are doing beyond its walls.

Non-parishable goods: The value of a faith community can't be crunched on a balance sheet

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The value of a faith community can't be crunched on a balance sheet.

Thirteen in Miami, 52 in Cleveland, 33 in Albany, New York. No, these aren't Chrysler dealerships or Starbucks franchises closing due to the recession but parishes that will be shuttered this year in three dioceses. The diocesan announcements do, however, share something in common with their corporate counterparts: The news comes with the just about the same amount of pastoral care and sensitivity-little if any.


Death comes for the book club

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With so many "Catholic" writers to choose from, your parish book list might require some heavy lifting.

Final Exam: Can we reinvent Catholic schools?

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Can we reinvent Catholic schools?

Incoming Missal

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Get ready for changes to your Sunday Mass.

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