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Year for Priests: Praying outside the box

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series Over the past couple of weeks, I have met with a number of people about prayer, and since Lent is around the corner it seems fitting to pass along a few … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Thoughts on vocations

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series As a young priest, I am often asked to speak on the topic of vocations to the priesthood.  As a result, I spend a fair amount of energy thinking and conversing … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Transcending the classroom

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series A new year brings a new semester at Catholic Central High School, and while no one is entirely thrilled about the daily addition of snow that plagues the roadways, winter seems … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Investing in ourselves with purpose

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series Every year Advent seems to catch us off guard.  As the weeks pass from one to four, we come out of the darkness into the marvelous light of awareness, so appropriately … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: A Roman testament to political action

By Paulist Father Tom Holahan One in a series ROME — The noise about the proper place for the church in debate on public issues seems ironic in Europe. If only people could get as “fired up” as the United … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Ministry without politics

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series When I was first approached by Catholic News Service to contribute to this blog, I asked a lot of questions about their hopes for this initiative.  Among several ideas that I … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Answering a ‘great’ question

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series A couple of weeks ago, an older gentleman, who I will name Steve, approached me after Mass, convinced that I was the right person to answer a question that he has … Continue reading

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