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.
Msgr. James Pieper is a self-described "happy priest" whose love of his vocation is obvious to all who meet him. The pastor of St. Clement of Rome in Des Peres, his joyful witness to Christ and example to others has earned him the inaugural Fisher of Men Award from the archdiocesan Office of Vocations.
National Vocation Awareness Week, observed this year Jan. 9-14, is the annual celebration in the United States to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew prayers and support for those who are considering vocations.
Following God's call to consecrated life has been grace-filled and liberating for three local women religious.
"I felt at home," said Sister Mariana Thayer, a Dominican Sister of the Congregation of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn., who teaches at St. Joseph School in Cottleville.