• ‘Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day’

    A Visit to Mater Ecclesiae Father Robert C. Pasley, KCHS, a native of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey, was ordained in 1982.  Father Pasley has been a parish priest and a secondary school teacher in New Jersey for much of his priesthood. He is…

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  • The Odyssey of Mater Dei

    By Donna Sue Berry In 1988 Saint Pope John Paul II founded the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) as a society of apostolic life. The Fraternity has as its apostolate the training of men for service as Catholic priests and the pastoral care of…

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  • In the South of France

    With the Fraternity of St. Joseph Guardian   Editor’s Note: France is the canary in the mineshaft – a bellwether for the Faith in the West. Most of the parish news is bad – abandoned, empty churches, decades of neglected catechism and deserted seminaries. However,…

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  • Three Young Deacons Speak Up

    By Beverly De Soto Statistics across the West indicate that we may be at the nadir of an alarming plunge in seminarians that dates back to 1965. The prestige of the priesthood has been all but shattered, the traditional respect accorded priests a casualty of…

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  • The Catholic Parish as Home

    PHOTO OF THE HIGH ALTAR AT THE PARISH OF STE CECILE/STE EUGENE, PARIS by Marie-Line Burguiere (https://www.facebook.com/marilinbu) Ever wonder why non-practicing Catholics will seek out a parish to be married, to baptize a baby or to bury their dead? Such is the power of parishes;…

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  • Sunday Dinner with Father Keyes

    He’s a priest who opens his church at 5:30 am and gives 110% to his parish, and his parishioners love him for it – most of them, that is. In ten years, he has made St Edward’s in Newark, California a ‘parish worth driving to’…

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  • The Flourishing of Sainte Cecile

    Interview by Meghan Ferrara Photos by Teresa Limjoco Nestled in the heart of Paris, the parish of Ste. Eugène/Ste. Cecile maintains a special place in French Catholicism. The church’s renowned Schola is a defining aspect of the parish and has set the standard for liturgical…

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  • Setting the Standard

    Chicago’s St John Cantius Parish Recipe for success: Take one nearly-abandoned, formerly Polish-Catholic neighborhood in a troubled American big city. Add a decrepit 19th century church building, with ten tons of pigeon droppings in its attic. Mix in a brand-new community of priests and brothers…

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  • The Long & Winding Road to St. Joseph’s in Singapore

    by Estella Young PHOTO CREDITS: Dominic Wong and Dominic Lee Catholicism came to Singapore in 1832 with priests from the Paris Foreign Missions Society (MEP). They built churches and brought Religious to build schools, orphanages and a seminary. Today, some Catholic schools rank amongst the…

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  • Saving St. Stanislaus

    It is the story of so many Catholic churches in the West. As parish numbers declined in the 1970’s and 80’s, the future of landmark St. Stanislaus Church in an old Polish neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin became uncertain. Fortunately, the Latin Mass community, which had…

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