Category Archives: What Fr. Z is up to

Day 1 – St. Paul Center Priesthood Conference

I’m in WV for the St. Paul Center (East Coast) conference/retreat for priests in West Virginia. The trek from PIT by shuttle van was uneventful, if a little bumpy.   The location for this conference, Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, is impressive.  … Continue reading

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My View For Awhile: To the East and to priests

I’m heading to a conference for priests held by the St. Paul Center. We shall see. More to come.

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#ActonU 2019 Day 4: Great people… great content

I’ve been to a lot of conferences.   Often, things get behind schedule due to lack of planning and discipline (which is disrespectful of the participants and speakers). None of that at Acton University!  Things run on time.  You never have … Continue reading

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#ActonU 2019 Day 1 = Day 3: getting up to speed

Once again I have the pleasure of participating in Acton Institute’s summer event, Acton University, several days of outstanding lectures and meeting people from dozens of countries and varying walks of life and religions. Getting here wasn’t easy this time.  … Continue reading

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A “Catholic Signal Corps” – Thinking about a Catholic digital future and this blog

Semper paratus. Here is an idea I have brought up in the past. Since this blog is facing huge changes, of existential ramifications, I have pondered how much easier life could be for me and for others if there were … Continue reading

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UPDATES: Black vestments, Gitmo, challenge coins, and some food

I thought I’d give you updates on a few things. First, regarding the Black Vestments project the mighty TMSM is pushing forward.   I had shown ya’ll a photo of the fabric for the set, though it had gold writing, instead … Continue reading

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Rome Day 8-9: Cheese, Anniversary, and Black Vestments

Some shots from my anniversary day in Rome and today. First things first. CHEESE! I hadn’t bought cheese from this guy before, but I tried some and it was simply marvelous. And, of course, Holy Mass in the morning.   I … Continue reading

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Rome Day 5-7: Caponata, Carbonara, and Che Guevara

I’m behind on my travelogue.  May I make this a quick one? An advantage to an apartment is that you can make breakfast when you want from leftovers. Out of order.. which drink is mine?   This is NOT breakfast. But … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s 28th Anniversary of Ordination: St. Philip plays a prank.

“Well… I made it this far.” That’s what I say to myself when this date rolls around. Many priests observe the anniversary of their ordination at this time of year. It is a common time for ordinations, probably because Ember … Continue reading

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Rome Day 4: Of crashing ceilings, weeping parents, and the dust and hearts of saints

Lots of walking today.  I purposely guiding my path past Er Belli’s house.   You remember him from yesterday’s post. I went to Gammarelli and picked the lace for Fr. Johnson’s new alb which my Society, through the donations some of … Continue reading

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Rome Day 1-2: Views, fabrics and eats

Yesterday morning brought a smooth landing at Fiumicino – not to be underestimated – but iffy weather. As a matter of fact, it rained hard yesterday morning and again in the evening, with some sunny moments in between. My apartment … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Saturday: QSL Cards and some firsts

Regarding ZedNet and DMR operation, I refer to you THIS. I created a page for the List of YOUR callsigns.  HERE  Chime in or drop me a note if your call doesn’t appear in the list. Now for some fun stuff. … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ Ham Radio Thursday: ZedNet, my first pile up, and remote from GITMO and… Vatican City?

Just a reminder to any hams out there who might be interested in ZedNet. ZedNet is a worldwide talkgroup – 31429 More HERE.   But quickly… For you who are into this digital stuff, ZedNet still exists on the Yaesu System Fusion (Wires-X) “room” … Continue reading

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Day 8-11 – NS Guantanamo Bay: Homeward, delayed and GITMO colors

My time at the base has been terrific.  If there is a good time in the future, I would return to give my friend Fr. Johnson more leave. During the last few days of my time at GITMO I did … Continue reading

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Day 6-7 – NS Guantanamo Bay: Of mates and doors and details

My time here at GITMO is paying some dividends.  First, the heat seems to be helping my shoulder and foot, which were injured during the winter.   Also, today I got some writing done for the paper ahead of time. Some … Continue reading

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