Five Kenrick-Glennon Seminary students are being ordained transitional deacons for other dioceses this month.
All are expected to complete their master of divinity degree by spring 2013 from Kenrick School of Theology. Each is also working toward completion of his master of arts in theology.
Transitional deacons are seminarians in their last year of preparation for ordination to the priesthood. A transitional deacon may baptize, distribute Communion, witness marriages and lead rites for Christian burial.
When Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordains five new priests for the Archdiocese of St. Louis next week, no one will be happier than Jesuit Father John Horn, president-rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.
"I'm very proud of these men," Father Horn said. "I regard them as younger brothers and as spiritual sons, all at the same time. I am joy-filled to see them go to the altar and be ordained."
A funeral Mass was celebrated April 4 at Holy Rosary Parish in San Antonio for Marianist Brother Herbert Janson, who taught at McBride, St. John Vianney and Chaminade high schools in the St. Louis archdiocese.
Brother Herbert died March 31 in San Antonio. He was 88 and was a professed religious brother for 70 years.
Born in Columbia, Ill., he attended high school at the Maryhurst postulate in St. Louis and entered the Marianist Novitiate in Galesville, Wis. He professed first vows in 1941 and earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton two years later.
On a recent evening at the dinner table, Sister Linda Markway proudly displayed her newfound knowledge of the art of fist bumping.
The informal greeting of two people bumping together closed fists is something the 62-year old admitted she didn't know about until recently. She credited her new lesson in part to recent exposure to a more youthful presence taking up residence within her community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 4 at the Marianist Residence at St. Mary's University in San Antonio for Brother Gregory DeMoor, a native St. Louisan who taught at St. Mary's and McBride high schools in St. Louis.
Brother Greg, 84, died Feb. 1 in San Antonio. He had been a Marianist for 66 years. Brother Greg enjoyed doing carpentry and odd jobs, playing billiards and working with Lay Marianist Affiliate groups.
Q. Can you explain why the married Episcopalian priests can join the
Catholic Church and become Catholic priests, but our own priests, born
and raised Catholic, cannot be married?
Many Americans, perhaps most American Catholics, do not know that the Church allows married priests. But there have always been married priests in the non-Latin rites, such as Ukrainian Catholicism or Maronite Catholicism. These churches are fully Catholic, obedient to the pope, but they ordain married men, although they do not allow unmarried priests to get married.