Fatherly priesthood

Benjamin Priesthood

Thanks to everyone who sent, “We’re glad you’re a priest,” greetings for the feast of St. John Marie Vianney. He poured everything he had into his priesthood, and God added a little more and made it special!Some people commented that they wanted to let me know I was doing a great job because they knew it was hard. I had …

The Year of the Priest

Fr. Joel Priesthood

Fr. JoelThe Pope has decided to declare this upcoming year, “The Year of the Priest.” The new patron of priesthood will be St. John Vianney, the great parish priest of Ars, France. In his catechism lesson on priesthood, the famous cure’ said: The priest is not a priest for himself; he does not give himself absolution; he does not administer …

It was so Cold, my Oil Froze!

Fr. Joel Priesthood

Last week I was called out to the hospital to anoint a sick person. He had become suddenly ill at home and was rushed to the hospital. The family was shocked and upset when I met them in the ICU. “Father, can you anoint him please?” We went in together.I have nifty kit I use for anointing of the sick. …

Ars, France

Benjamin Priesthood

The best way to learn about the history of the Church and the lives of the saints is to visit it. The week after Easter I took a pilgrimage to France. Many people think that vacations should not involve too many goals or plans, but we set out with an ambitious four part plan:1) Sleep2) Eat3) Pray4) See something.Sometimes it …

Online Confessional

Benjamin Priesthood

Modern man has come a long way from crawling up to a wooden box to confess his sins to a priest. A recent article on CNN discusses the rise of online confession of sins. A brand of websites, generally started by large Protestant churches in the United States, allow you to anonymously post your sins in a digital admission of …