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Year for Priests: Learning how to advance the dialogue

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series I have just completed my first month of classes at Detroit Catholic Central High School, which means that my students in Public Speaking are giving their first major presentations this week.  … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Improving the conversation, and diary from Rome

By Paulist Father Tom Holahan One in a series ROME — A parishioner sent me an e-mail asking for prayers for a priest in the U.S. who was rude and angry. I suppose there was a time when such behavior … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: A diary from Rome

By Paulist Father Tom Holahan One in a series ROME — I’d like to take “spiritual perfection” as my theme for my time on the “Year for Priests” blog. You may find me musing on the food of Italy or … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: How do priests set priorities for ministry?

By Father Kenneth J. Doyle One in a series Thirty years ago, in the parish in which I am now stationed, there were three priests assigned. In those days, the parish served about 1,000 Catholic households. Today there are twice … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: Longing to be comfortable

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series This past week, I began my new assignment teaching at Detroit Catholic Central High School. Therefore, I have been reflecting recently on “all things new” — new city, new house, new … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: No longer on the front lines

By Basilian Father Chris Valka One in a series One of my favorite “one-liners” comes from Precious Blood Father Anthony Gittons, who wrote, “We cannot transform ourselves, but we can create the space for transformation to occur.”  Over the years, … Continue reading

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Year for Priests: One small plan to encourage vocations

By Father Kenneth J. Doyle One in a series Our modest-sized Diocese of Albany, N.Y., is in the middle of a transformation.  Within the next two years, 33 churches will merge or close, about 20 percent of our worship sites. … Continue reading

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