Category Archives: Year for Priests blog

Year for Priests: Saying goodbye

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series There are few joys that rival the beginning of the end to a school year.  Exuberant celebrations of paper tossing and book shelving give witness to the freedom students and teachers … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: The “cool” church

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series . . . and to this the student responded, “You can’t do that.  You don’t ask questions like that . . . you just don’t.” (The written word doesn’t capture his … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: One year ago …

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series One year ago, on May 9, 2009, I was ordained a priest.  Of course all the usual reflections have flashed in my mind over the past few days:  What have I … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Asking students what they want from life

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series Over the past few weeks, I have spent a lot of time talking with students about life after high school.  College is a given for my students, but few really know … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Gracious living

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series Once a month, the boys of Catholic Central gather for an all-school Mass, often celebrating one of our many patrons.  Being that the school mascot is the shamrock, St. Patrick was … Continue reading

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A bit of ‘how-to’ on priests, ministry and ‘new media’

By Basilian Father Chris Valka In response to my previous post, “Responding to the pope’s challenge on ‘new media’,” I have been asked to share a little more about my own efforts in the “new media.” My hope is to … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Responding to the pope’s challenge on ‘new media’

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series Five days a week, I stand before six classes of teenage boys in 45-minute intervals.  After attendance and the usual exchange of assignments and questions and answers, I have 40 minutes … Continue reading

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