Priesthood came from ‘dreaming big’

A new priest in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is a man born deaf who dreamed of entering the priesthood. “My parents instilled in me that I should never let my deafness interfere with what I want to do,” says the new ordinand, Carmelo Giuffre, in an interview with the Catholic Herald of Milwaukee.

Redesigned ‘Catholic Trends’ gives insight to modern church

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Archbishop learns XLT, then has an LOL moment

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta writes in The Georgia Bulletin that he knows how to send a text message, though he’s not very good at it, but he recently came across a new texting acronym — XLT — that he found represents youthful energy in praise of God. The archbishop’s column ends with an LOL thought of his own.

Disability doesn’t dampen competitor’s commitment

The Catholic Explorer in the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., tells the story of a high school senior with cerebral palsy whose love of sports led her to be an integral part of her Catholic school’s basketball team. Despite her limitations, Annie Huguelet says she feels blessed by God to be able to accomplish something many in her situation could not.