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Twenty-Seven Seminarians Take a Step Closer to the Priesthood in Annual Ministries Mass MOUNT ANGEL SEMINARY JOURNALISM - March 16, 2016 ... communities from around the United States and beyond, took their next steps toward the Catholic priesthood. Photo credit: Brother Lorenzo Conocido Presided over by the Most Rev. Michael Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland, those being instituted in the ministries were called to make a full and heart-felt response to their vocational calling. In explaining the meaning of the evening's ceremony, Bishop Barber recalled historical Church practice in ...http://masjournalism.blogspot.com/2016/03/twenty-seven-seminarians-take-step.html
Ecumenism Between Rome and Russia: A Unique Opportunity MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - February 25, 2016 Orthodox and Catholic believers should work as brothers, not rivals 19 February 2016, 10:15 my source: Pravmir.com The first in history meeting between the patriarch of Moscow and the pope of Rome, which had been on the agenda for 20 years, was held in Havana on February 12. Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk tells Interfax-Religion correspondent Alexey Sosedov about its results, influence on settling the ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2016/02/orthodox-and-catholic-believers-should.html
THE CELEBRATION OF CONFIRMATION by Dom David Bird MONKS AND MERMAIDS (A BENEDICTINE BLOG) - January 26, 2016 ... celebrates it; and we asked what the two have in common. We found this to be the strong connection with the bishop: the bishop is the ordinary minister in the West, and the priest who administers Confirmation as part of Baptism in the East has to use oil blessed by the bishop or patriarch. If a priest gives Confirmation in the West without being delegated to do so, then the confirmation is not only illicit, it is invalid; and the same is true in the East if the priest does not use chrism ...http://fatherdavidbirdosb.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-celebration-of-confirmation-by-dom.html