Category Archives: Seminarians and Seminaries

ASK FATHER: Can bishop/rector forbid seminarians from attending Extraordinary Form?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can a bishop in a diocese forbid seminarians from attending the extraordinary form of the Mass?
This is happening in the ___ diocese. My friend who just entered this seminary informed me of this when I invited him to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Biretta woes! Wherein Fr. Z offers wisdom.

And now for something really important.
Pompoms on birettas.
From a seminarian in these USA …
QUAERITUR:
Any suggestions as to where to purchase a good biretta? It seems most of offerings from American companies have the black pom which falls totally flat. I’d … Continue reading

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Suggestions for your donations to good Catholic causes

More and more often these days, I have notes from people who wonder about reliable Catholic charities or causes to which they can contribute their hard won money.  They ask for suggestions.
I have some suggestions right now!
Even though two of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What time of day should Father be saying his Office?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I know some priests who pray all the Hours of the divine office at a particular time…for example:
There is this priest who went out for an important trip..he probably didn’t have any free time in the evening so … Continue reading

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UPDPATE ON ACTION ITEM! BOOKS FOR SEMINARIANS

UPDATE 11 Aug pm: 
Okay… it looks as if Amazon found more copies of Turning Toward The Lord.  Now they only cost $96 each!  Thus I am removing it from the list.  We shall have what we have and make do. … Continue reading

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“Thanks for your blog. It saved this seminarian from a particularly mortifying purification.”

From a seminarian:
Just wanted to say a big “Thanks” for your blog. I was sure glad for the liturgical minutiae I’ve picked up here when I found a fly in the Precious Blood tonight after Mass. Your advice about skewering … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Forms of 1st blessings by new priests

I’ve had a couple emails lately with questions about forms or texts of blessings by priests.  ’Tis the season: new priests are darting about, leaving whiffs of still-fresh chrism in their wakes, imparting “first blessings”.  As it turns out, I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to support a friend’s vocation to the priesthood

From a reader:
Father, I have a close friend who has been as close as a brother to me who is discerning the priesthood. I think he would make a wonderful priest or even religious brother. What steps can I take … Continue reading

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Key stats for vocations to the priesthood – POLLS

The USCCB released survey results of the 2014 class of ordinands (from Latin, ordinandi, or “men to be ordained”).  HERE
82% were altar boys
73% attended adoration of the Blessed Sacrament regularly
Suggestion to parish priests… heck… let’s include bishops, too:
If you want to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Gifts for new deacons and priests

‘Tis the season for ordinations!
I am getting lots of questions about what to give the newly ordained.
First and foremost, cash and gift cards are always welcome. It doesn’t seem very personal, but unless you are pretty close to the ordinand, … Continue reading

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