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The Paradoxes of Priesthood

Fr. Joel Priesthood 4 Comments

It has been ten years since Bishop David Zubik ordained me a Catholic priest. I’ve served three assignments all with multiple parishes. I’ve been very challenged and very blest and I’ve learned a thing or two. I want to share a little of what I’ve learned in the hope that it might benefit you. I’m certainly not done learning; nor …

Three brothers and the priesthood

Benjamin Priesthood

Recently the youngest of three brothers was ordained the the priesthood. The oldest and first to be ordained to the priesthood, as a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was Fr. Luke Strand. Fr. Luke was briefly on the national news after his ordination because a company was threatening to sue him for infringing on their image by driving around …

How Patty can be a priest in the Catholic Church (some imagination required!)

Benjamin Priesthood

Some time ago I published a series of three articles on why the Catholic priesthood is not open to women. (Since this continues to be an important issue, they can be found under the Priesthood section of this blog). Recently, a woman wandered over to our blog because she was looking for an answer to this question. She said that …

A Tale of Two Prayer Cards

Fr. Joel Priesthood

When a priest is ordained he traditionally issues a commemorative prayer card.  On this, the 3rd year anniversary of our ordination to the priesthood, I thought it appropriate to reflect on the prayer cards that my brother and I had made. Even though we are twins, you’ll notice that our cards are about as different as is physically possible. Fr. …

Celibacy is a Scandal, says Pope Benedict

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Priesthood

Recently in conjunction with a Prayer Vigil for priests, the Holy Father took questions from five priests. Here is his response to a question about celibacy: “A great problem of modern Christianity is that we no longer think of the future of God: the present moment of this world seems sufficient. … In this way we close the doors to …

Serving for the Pope, Photo by Ben Pohl

Homily for the Sacred Heart – Benedict XVI

Fr. Joel Homilies, Priesthood

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 11 June 2010 The Holy Father presided at a Eucharistic concelebration in St. Peter’s Square to mark the close of the Year for Priests which was called to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Mary Vianney, the holy “Cure of Ars”. The Eucharist was concelebrated by cardinals and …

Response to Married Priests – Doing One Thing

Benjamin Priesthood

There is an African proverb that says, “He who chases two rabbits will catch none.” Recently I cut my finger because I was talking on the phone and trying to trim the wax off a candle at the same time. Because neither of the tasks needed my full attention, I thought I could do them both at the same time. …

Novena of Prayer for Priestly Ordination

Fr. Joel Priesthood

Saturday, June 5th, the Diocese of Green Bay will ordain two men to the priesthood:Jose Castaneda and Dan Viertel. Please join me in praying for them. You can read more about their journey here:www.gbvocations.org Novena of Prayer for Priestly Ordination God our Father,you appointed Jesus Christ High Priest of the new and eternal covenant.By grace you allow men to share …