Category Archives: Catholic News

Catholic Documentaries

I’ve decided to highlight a few Catholic documentaries I’ve seen recently. Some can be watched completely online, and some must be purchased. One that is quite touching is La Mama: An American Nun’s Life in a Mexican Prison. Here a clip from the beginning of the documentary: The story is quite amazing. Antonia Brenner (1926-2013)… Read More »

Ven. Fulton J. Sheen — keep asking his intercession

With the passing of St. Patrick’s day, I am reminded of a famous Irish-American who just might be called “Saint” one day. Yes, the cause for Ven. Fulton J. Sheen is basically on hold, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about him. A biographer of his wrote a final chapter concerning the sanctity of… Read More »

Annunciade Sisters

The Marians of the Immaculate Conception received Pontifical status in 1699, but did not get their own rule at the time. Instead, they were put under The Rule of Ten Virtues (modified for a male community), a rule for a community called The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and more commonly known as the… Read More »

Divine Mercy No Escape Returns to Hollywood

The Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception have been promoting devotion to Divine Mercy since 1941. They promoted St. Faustina’s messages from 1941-1959, but then a ban was put on them by the Vatican because of faulty translations and the inability to access the original Diary at the time. Thanks to the work of… Read More »

Year of Consecrated Life

I have to remind myself–it’s the year of consecrated life as designated by Pope Francis from Nov. 30, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2016. So, it’s really about a year and 2 months. In general, the promotion of such a thing falls upon consecrated individuals and communities. Pope Francis is asking religious to “wake up the… Read More »

Prayers for the Conversion of England

You probably don’t know that the song “Faith of Our Fathers” was written by a Catholic priest and the “fathers” were those who were martyred in England when Catholicism was illegal. And… the original version has a verse that goes like this… Faith of our fathers, Mary’s prayers Shall win our country back to Thee;… Read More »

Vatican Radio Roku Private Channel

I built a private Roku channel for listening to some Vatican Radio podcasts in English–namely, the morning and evening news reports and the latest Lauds, Vespers, and Compline in Latin. It is very primitive. It shows up as “My Channel.” No frills here, it just gets the job done. Private Channel code: MZZNE

Schoenstatt/Fr. Joseph Kentenich books

According to Amazon and other sources, many Schoenstatt books are out of print. Well, actually, they aren’t. They are very much in print and available quite inexpensively. Schoenstatt has not gone with the ISBN system, which is not necessarily a bad thing. However, it makes the books fairly “invisible.” You can order books like Mary… Read More »

The Sisters’ Situation

So, the mean Vatican is opposed to the religious sisters of the US! Isn’t this awful. Well, that’s what a Time Magazine opinion article explains. But is this the whole story? Nope. This situation has been around a while now, and attempts to give a particular spin continue, but not all religious sisters are on… Read More »

WAOB — We Are One Body Catholic Radio

This station, heard in the Pittsburgh area, is also available to listen to online. It has a unique approach to radio, particularly because it uses “dead air” as meditation time. A number of priests (including yours truly) do hours of Scripture meditation, which are generally broadcast live at 8 PM and then repeated overnight and… Read More »

National Catholic Sisters Week

Some folks at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN, came up with the idea of National Catholic Sisters Week. It’s this week. They had some sort of event to celebrate over the weekend. It was strictly LCWR. There’s been no mention on the CMSWR side of such a week or any events. In honor… Read More »

Mary’s Meals

It’s hard to not want to promote this group. They are doing some incredible work. Yes, to give one decent meal to over 700,000 children a day–children that would otherwise struggle to get that meal, that often suffer from hunger–is quite an accomplishment. It’s a very simple program, yet it makes a huge impact. A… Read More »

“Sisters” and “Light of Love”

I’m writing this mainly because I think there is a need to say something about the state of women’s religious life today, and I though it would be good to comment on two documentaries that came out at almost the same time concerning this. Each documentary comes out of its corresponding “group.” One called “Sisters”… Read More »