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The Priest and his Padre

It’s just after 5 p.m. and the parishioners are filing out of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish in Windham, Maine, following the Saturday Vigil Mass. As they go through the church doors, Fr. Lou Phillips is waiting to greet them.…

Prayers for priests, deacons

Prayer for newly ordained priests O Jesus, our great High Priest, hear our humble prayers on behalf of your priests, Father ___. Give them a deep faith, a bright and firm hope, and a burning love which will ever increase in the course of…

Habit by Mary

The religious habit: It’s what separates, on sight, the laity from the professed religious (and, for that matter, the secular clergy.) And of the dozens and dozens of religious orders, congregations, and societies, only a very few wear a…

Anomie

Anomie: noun an·o·mie \ˈa-nə-mē\ personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals It was a very hot Saturday afternoon in the middle of August in 1940. I was walking down New York City's Ninth…