Client editor posts musical tribute to ‘Last Lecture’ author

Our good friend Tom Dermody, editor in chief of The Catholic Post in Peoria, Ill., earlier composed a musical tribute to Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon professor whose “Last Lecture” nearly a year ago captivated the nation. Now that Pausch has died, Tom posted the tribute on YouTube:

This isn’t Tom’s first foray into public musicianship. In 2003 his song of prayer for U.S. troops deployed in Iraq became a local favorite in Peoria. In 1997 a collection of 10 songs written by Tom and performed by Professional Bowlers Association tour winner Randy Pedersen and some of central Illinois’ best country musicians was released in an album called “Bowl Me Over.”

And none of us here at CNS can forget Tom’s tribute to the news service at the annual Catholic press convention in 1995, when CNS celebrated its 75th anniversary. The convention was in Los Angeles that year and, given its proximity to Disneyland and Hollywood, Tom decide to rewrite the lyrics to “Be Our Guest” from “Beauty and the Beast” into a song simply titled “CNS.” Unfortunately — or maybe fortunately — there is no footage of that song available on YouTube.

(Hat tip to Anne Marie Amacher at The Catholic Messenger in the neighboring Diocese of Davenport, Iowa, for the alert!)

Most-viewed CNS stories for July

Here’s our latest list of top 10 stories viewed in July on our main Web site,, with links in case you missed any of them:

1. On 40th anniversary, ‘Humanae Vitae’ starts to gain more attention (July 18).

2. Contraceptives affect environment too, water expert tells conference (July 28).

3. Ten texts help crack pope’s pontificate, mission, ministry (May 30). (And if you haven’t read that story, also don’t miss this blog item with links to those papal texts.)

4. Vatican approves new English translations for constant parts of Mass (July 25).

5. Youths join pope for lunch, present gifts, including Mickey Mouse hat (July 18).

6. Bishops to reconsider liturgy translation rejected in mail balloting (July 7).

7. Vatican: Receiving Eucharist kneeling will be norm at papal liturgies (June 26).

8. Papal spokesman calls Catholics for Choice ad ‘paid propaganda’ (July 25).

9. Vatican regrets Church of England’s move toward women bishops (July 8).

10. Vatican official: Anglican Communion must stay true to Scriptures (July 31).

Knights of Columbus convention around the corner

The Knights of Columbus will be holding its 126th annual Supreme Convention Aug. 5-7. This year the convention will take place in Quebec City, the same site as June’s International Eucharistic Conference.

The Intermountain Catholic recently published two stories regarding local councils of the Knights of Columbus. The first article looks at the centennial celebration of the oldest council west of the Mississippi River. The second article recognized a coalition of 11 councils working together to raise money for a multiple sclerosis walk in Salt Lake City.

Dennis Sadowski will be traveling to Quebec to cover the convention for Catholic News Service.