8 December 2005: this blog began. Tonight, Mass for Benefactors.

On 8 December 2005, I posted this photo.  This blog project began.

15_12_08_visits_01This was a shot – from my apartment window – of the Basilica and Apostolic Palace on the evening of the day that Pope Benedict was elected.

It is ironic that, exactly ten years to the day that I posted this, there was a different sort of light show on the facade of St. Peter’s.

In any event, today is the 10th anniversary of this blog.

I started it with the original intention of it being an archive for articles I was writing for The Wanderer.  Thus, it’s original name.

It rapidly took on a life of its own.

Since I started keeping stats, on 23 November 2006, I have had about 71 million page views and 45 million unique visits.  People come from all over the world, as you can see from the screen shot of the live visit feed just before I posted this.

Dear readers, please accept my thanks for everything, your comments and feedback, your prayers and your patience with me.

Tonight I will say Mass for the intention of my benefactors and donors.  HERE

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

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  1. benedetta says:

    Thanks for the decade of blogging and fellowship and spiritual guidance, Father Z. Ad multos annos!

  2. majuscule says:

    This blog is a wonderful resource. Often when I am searching the web for answers to questions about the faith one of the top suggestions will be to an article on this site. There’s quite a body of work there!

    I’ve also found links from your blog posts to great resources online–articles and other blogs to follow.

    Thanks for urging us to go to confession, too.

  3. Tamara T. says:

    Thank you Father! My family does not follow your blog except through me. They have gotten very use to me saying ” Father Z says…” We have learned so much, thank you again!

  4. jltuttle says:

    There are few things that I am proud to admit have been grafted to my identity. Obviously my faith and my wife and family are among them. My military service is there, as Catch-22 as it was. I’ve never thought a band or personality warranted such an assimilation. However, I can proudly say that I’m a Zed-Head!

  5. Bender says:

    December 8, 2005 — the date of one of the best homilies ever given. There is so much deep theology, presented in a way that a first-grader could understand, it sheds so much bright light on the dark landscape, that it is a beauty to behold over and over these last ten years.
    It is by Pope Benedict, of course.

  6. Mike H says:


  7. Robbie says:

    Congratulations on ten years. I’ve checked the site every day since I found it in March of 2013.

  8. NBW says:

    Congratulations and thank you for all the wonderful posts, Fr. Z.!

  9. Auggie says:

    Well done, Fr. Z!

  10. David Zampino says:

    Thanks, Father Z! Many happy years ahead.

  11. Scotthayward says:

    Sto lat! Sto lat!

  12. Charles E Flynn says:

    Congratulations on ten years of making every effort to keep on the Barque of Peter people who might be inclined to jump overboard in despair, off the starboard rail, of course. Those inclined to jump off the port rail are reading elsewhere.

    As for that light on headquarters:

    From Francis Effect: the Vatican profaned:

    The symbolic significance of the event is a Church immersed in darkness, but illuminated by the world, by the new climatist-religion-ideology (all  financed by the World Bank Group which will now have to explain to us what politics compatible with the teaching of the Church it is promoting..)

  13. acardnal says:

    We are very, very grateful for you and this blog!

    SAVE THE LITURGY, SAVE THE WORLD . . . Could be the name of your new blog.

  14. The Cobbler says:

    Happy bloggiversary!

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  15. stephen c says:

    Fr Zuhlsdorf – I enjoy reading your blog because I have little doubt that you care about other people. I intend to keep you (and, to be completely honest, your beloved Nuns on the Bus) in my prayers as long as I am able.

  16. Diane says:

    Congratulations Father and God Bless You. Keep up the good (and important) work!

  17. frjim4321 says:

    Wow that’s cool. Congrats. I wonder when I first posted.

  18. Rachel K says:

    Thank you Fr for those ten years which have certainly benefitted, educated and strengthened me and everyone to whom I also say “Fr Z says…”!

  19. wanda says:

    Congratulations, Fr. Z. I will always be thankful to God that I stumbled across your place probably in ’07 or so, during the protest of Obama’s visit to Notre Dame. I have learned more than I can say and have been to confession more regularly at your prompting. Thank you and I thank God for you.

  20. pannw says:

    Congratulations, and thank you, Fr. Z. I have probably learned more from your blog, (your posts as well as the addition of so many knowledgeable commenters) than I did in the previous many years of my Catholic life. I look forward to learning still more.

  21. Andreas says:

    Alles alles gute aus Österreich, Herr Pfarrer!

  22. Gratias says:

    The chronicles of a very important 10 years for our Catholic Church. From here where I sit in Los Angeles the Traditional mass has advanced a lot in these ten years. Mostly thanks to Pope Benedict XVI. But Father Z and Una Voce have also played their parts. Now America seems more like the Irish monasteries in the medieval Church, keeping thenrepository of what being Carholic means.

  23. Mariana2 says:

    Congratulations, Father, and thanks!

    Signed: Happy to be a Papist throwback Father Zed’s lockstep sheep!

  24. JonPatrick says:

    This blog is the first thing I read every morning along with my cereal and Mystic Monk. I read it because while being traditional and orthodox, it also counsels to take a deep breath and not get too carried away as some of the traditional blogs do. A more balanced view which we need in these crazy times.

  25. Liz says:

    Happy Anniversary, Fr. Z! I love your beautiful photo of St. Peter’s. I’ve been to Rome but one time and that is how I remember St. Peter’s at night, so glorious and beautiful. It makes me want to weep when I think of what happened there yesterday, but your image helps me.

    Thank you so much for your blog. I’ve learned so much from you and I really appreciate all that you do for us and your calm, reasonable approach to things.

    God bless you!

  26. SanSan says:

    I check the Father Z feed first thing each morning, then Charlie Johnstone, then Church Militant. I learn, I pray, I listen. I am so thankful for good and holy clergy like you Father.

    I must say, I am so sadden by the light show display going on at St. Peters. Is there anything faithful Catholics can do to have it stopped?

  27. Kathleen10 says:

    Congratulations Fr. Z! Ten years for a blog is an accomplishment! I check the blog every day, and it is a source of consolation, information, and even comradery. I must admit I prefer the occasional nutty. In fact I would prefer it right now if Cardinals and Bishops were throwing significant nutty’s publicly and often! There seems to be cause!
    But they aren’t, and apparently they aren’t going to.
    Anyway, God bless you for all you do for the Kingdom, well done, and I will echo Scotthayward, Sto lat! Sto lat!

  28. On 11 October, 2006, this (then faithful but lukewarm) Catholic looked at the Drudge Report and saw “Pope set to bring back Latin Mass that divided the Church”. My heart leaped and about as quickly I leaped on Google to see what I could find out about that news. That very day, I found WDTPRS, and began a journey deep into the love of my faith, thanks in large part to you, Father Z.

    May God Bless you, and congratulations on ten years!

  29. LarryW2LJ says:

    Congratulations, Father and Happy Anniversary. 45 million unique visits! Wow! I started my Ham Radio blog in April of 2005, and I’m maybe somewhere close to about 1/100th of that total. The number of visitors you get is testimony to all the hard work you put into this, and even though it’s a labor of love, your dedication and the quality shines through. Bravo!

  30. Cajetan says:

    Congratulations, Father Z! May God grant you decades more service to His flock.

  31. Dr. Edward Peters says:

    Congrats, and thanks. PS: I am pretty sure that American Papist launched ten years ago, yesterday, too.

    [Prayers for your son! I hope he is well.]

  32. fionam says:

    Congratulations Father! The 8th of December 2005 was the day on which I formerly returned to the Catholic Church.

  33. Fr. Timothy Ferguson says:

    ad multos, plurimosque annos, tu erudientissime vir!

  34. Fr. Timothy Ferguson says: ad multos

    And thanks to YOU, Reverend and Dear Father, for all your contributions over the years, not the least of which are the great parody songs.

  35. Torpedo1 says:

    congratulations Fr. Z!
    I found this blog in June of 2008 and have read it nearly every day since then. You taught me what the Mass truly was and I am so greatful for that. Also, like others have said, your balanced, calm approach to things has helped me stay calm, especially in the last two ywars. Whenever I see some gasping headline about the Church or the Pope I always think “Well, let’s see what Fr. Z has to say about it.” If you ever hit the panick button, I would know that things are really that bad. As I’ve said to other priests that I know, please don’t stop. We would be lost without priests like you. Love and of course prayers from your native place,

  36. Semper Gumby says:

    Thank you Fr. Z and Bravo Zulu.

  37. Semper Gumby says: Bravo Zulu

    Thanks! It helps to be always flexible.


  38. Mike says:

    Ad multos annos!

  39. Michelle F says:

    Happy anniversary, and thank you for taking the time to maintain this blog. Ever since I discovered your blog, this has been the first place I come when I need a faithfully Catholic explanation of what is being reported in the news, whether it’s a secular news story or one dealing with the Church. I also come to find explanations of Holy Days, liturgical texts, and other things relating to the Faith, as well as for the occasional pick-me-up / sanity fix. Thank you for doing all of this work, and for allowing us to comment on your posts, and to talk to one another through your blog. You and the others here are always in my prayers.

  40. Elinor Dashwood says:

    Happy anniversary!

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