Category Archives: Seminarians and Seminaries

The crisis of priestly vocations: good advice from a smart priest

More on the issue of vocations to the priesthood.  Allow me, first, to say that the “crisis” of vocations was created and it’s perpetuation is also not only tolerated but, in some places, fostered.  That said, it is probable that in most … Continue reading

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IN THE WILD: “Prayer For Vocations” spotted

I had a great text cross-country SMS from a colleague in the TMSM this morning at a little church in Shell Lake, WI.  Here is a poster at the parish…

First, I am delighted that they found – note the date … Continue reading

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A reader has fun with a seminarian, a great book, and an “ordination tambourine”

A seminarian sent this…
Hello Father,
I wanted to let you know that one of your readers, upon reading this post, sent me a copy of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s new book on the priesthood. I received it a few days ago – along … Continue reading

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Tradition = vocations – It isn’t rocket science

I contend that the shortage of vocations is a self-inflicted wound.
Yesterday, here in the Diocese of Madison, the Extraordinary Ordinary and the seminarians concluded a week of praying together, talks, activities, hanging out with each other and priests.  Among other … Continue reading

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Thanks from seminarian: The BIRETTA PROJECT!

The other day, HERE, I mentioned that new seminarians of the diocese, gathered for their annual week with the Extraordinary Ordinary, have been measured for their birettas as part of the ongoing BIRETTAS FOR SEMINARIANS PROJECT.
So far, this project has met … Continue reading

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Of seminarians, books, birettas, new vestments, and wherein Fr. Z is very pleased

Every summer the Extraordinary Ordinary of the Diocese of Madison, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, gathers all the seminarians for about a week of fraternity and conferences.  We are in full swing.
Today, I celebrated Holy Mass for them … Continue reading

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Did Pope Francis insult some young priests? Fr. Z opines and tells a story.

This isn’t the sort of thing that should pull much of our attention or energy.  However, I have been asked about it in email by a surprising number of people, including priests.
It seems that the site Messa in latino picked up … Continue reading

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Female altar servers up, ordinations down

In once-Catholic Austria, now female altarettes outnumber male servers.  HERE
Nearly a quarter century after the practice of female altar servers became licit, 55% of Austria’s 45,000 altar servers are girls, according to statistics published by the Archdiocese of Vienna.
In addition, … Continue reading

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Your Good News

Do you have some good news to report?  We could use some.
Here is some good news… well… it’s also bad news.  I guess it depends on your perspective.
One Quarter of Ordinations in France Belong to the Tridentine Rite
In 2017 all … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Birettas for Seminarians Project ONGOING!

¡Hagan lío!
I had a nice note from a reader who met a seminarian recipient of one of your birettas.
Here at Fr. Z’s Samizdat, for now I’ll anonymize this “In The Wild” pic.  It is just better that way, given the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a priest with little Latin say Mass validly?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My Latin is not great will an ordinary form mass I celebrate in Latin be valid?
Sure, Father, it would be valid.
Language is a tricky thing.  There are almost always gaps in our comprehension of texts, even in our … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: 10 years of ‘Summorum Pontificum’ and its effect on seminarians

A GUEST POST from a reader…
I have been meaning to write this for a little while but the holiday gives me a time to reflect on several observations over the past weeks and several years. This in light of priestly … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to support a seminarian assigned to our parish?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Our parish has received a terrific seminarian this summer. He comes from a great background and his older brother is a priest so he seems to have a strong support at home. My question is how can my … Continue reading

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“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.”

Fama volat, it is said.  No aphorism is truer than this when it comes to Rome all the way back to Virgil, who coined it.
So, reminding everyone that we are in the realm of Rumor, I’ve been exchanging texts with Roman … Continue reading

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Recommended online reading at “These Stone Walls”

Please run, don’t walk, to These Stone Walls, the blog of Fr. Gordon MacCrae, unjustly jailed and innocent of crimes against minors.
It’s a long read, and a lurid in many ways, but it reveals the slimy underside of the Accuse–a-Priest industry.
The … Continue reading

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