Category Archives: Seminarians and Seminaries

Archbp. Léonard on priestly vocations. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From Catholic World News: Former Belgian primate discusses synod, success in fostering vocations In an interview with a French Catholic weekly magazine, Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard reflected upon his five years as Primate of Belgium and Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels. The prelate’s … Continue reading

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Altar girls and liturgy dominated by women: bad ideas

I’m Fr. Z.. and I endorse this essay by Rachel Lu at Crisis! My emphases and comments: In 1994, the Congregation for Divine Worship issued a letter officially specifying that it is licit for females to serve the altar in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can seminarian bless an engagement?

From a reader… I am a seminarian. One of my family member is have a non-Christian wedding but wants me to bless her engagement at home. Is it okay to do so? No. Even if the marriage were to take place in … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Voice Mail: A wish for a dying seminarian – ACTION ITEM! #wookies4wes

It has been a while since I have posted about my voice mail.  I enjoy your voice mail messages! FIRST, about the seminarian who is dying from cancer. [UPDATE: Okay, now she doesn’t want her voice mail here.  Go figure.] What an … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The mantelletta and other clerical gear were “abolished” but under Summorum Pontificum can they be used? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am writing with a follow up question to your post yesterday (16 November) on the subject of the mantelletta. HERE In your response to the reader, you mentioned the (dolorous) decision, issued motu proprio, of … Continue reading

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Solemn Mass in Extraordinary Form at a major American seminary

I received word via email… the Traditional Latin Mass has “returned” to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. This is an exceptionally good development.  They should should have it every week, at least. Here are a few snaps from their … Continue reading

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VIDEO: How to fold a cassock, normal and with a shoulder cape

During my last trip to Rome (thanks, donors), I had business at the famous clerical shop Gammarelli. I ask one of the helpful men at the shop to demonstrate how properly to fold a cassock.   This is a useful … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Birettas for Seminarians Project: UPDATED

UPDATE 5 Nov: John Hastreiter at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul forwarded this to me.  It is from a grateful seminarian. Thank you for the beautiful (and Italian) Biretta which arrived in the mail yesterday at Mundelein Seminary. This brought … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Latin Instituted Acolytes in Eastern liturgies

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have two Questions concerning the liturgical role of instituted acolytes in the Eastern Rites: 1) May a man who has been instituted as an acolyte according to the ordinary form of the Roman Rite vest and act … Continue reading

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BIRETTA PROJECT FOLLOWUP: You can still participate!

I received this from John at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul: Hello Fr. Z, I have tremendous news! The goal of 20 birettas for the Diocese of Madison has been reached and I express my gratitude to all who have … Continue reading

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SUCCESS! ACTION ITEM! Correct a GREAT INJUSTICE! (Hint: Birettas… seminarians…)

UPDATE 13 AUG: We have hit our initial goal! I distributed a few of the birettas to the guys yesterday and they were pretty chuffed. I should have some thank you notes pretty soon. “But Father! But Father!”, you liberals … Continue reading

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IRELAND: Conservative seminarians ejected from Maynooth, bishops intervene

Once in a while it is good to be reminded that the oppression is still going on. Did you see the story about the “conservative” seminarians who were given the heave ho from Maynooth Seminary in Ireland? From Irish Catholic: A … Continue reading

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More “tactical clerical” attire

You clerics out there might recall that I have been making, or having made, tactical clerical shirts by adapting 5.11 uniform shirts.  HERE and, amusingly and most recently, HERE. Fathers, you are clerics and officers of the Church Militant.  Stay … Continue reading

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The Church in Madison is alive! VIDEO

Tomorrow, 26 June, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, will ordain 6 men to the holy priesthood. In the last decade or so, since Bp. Morlino has been in Madison, a fairly rural diocese, the number … Continue reading

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Video on a priestly vocation

I was alerted to a great video about the priesthood in which a friend of mine is interviewed.  Fr. Jonathan Martin is a priest of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in England.  We lived together in Rome.  He was … Continue reading

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