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Anglican Clergymen Become Catholic Priests: Taking the Final Steps to Ordination (8241)

Anglican Ordinariate’s new chief priest oversees course of studies, teleconferencing of married men.

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Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson was installed as ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on Feb. 12.

– Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

CLEBURNE, Texas — Charles Hough already had quite a career, including 18 years in the prestigious post of canon to the ordinary in the Episcopal Church’s Fort Worth Diocese. Now he wants to become a Catholic priest.

Hough hopes to lead a group of former Episcopalians in Cleburne, Texas, who have asked to belong to the new Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, created by Rome for former Episcopalians. Every Saturday, from 9 to 4, he participates in a newly developed program of training for former Episcopal clergy.

He and approximately 60 other former Episcopal priests around the United States, many of whom are married, are studying for the priesthood using a teleconferencing...READ MORE

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College Seniors Network to Land Jobs (2219)

Colleges Week feature from Feb. 12 issue: Many seniors and recent graduates of Catholic colleges have gotten a boost into the workforce from networks of graduates — or from satisfied employers impressed by their predecessors.

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– Register illustration by Melissa Hartog

As Kayla Kermode began her senior year at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., last fall, she planned to put off serious job hunting until her second semester. Then recruiters from Wellpoint, a health insurer, were sent to campus by an alumnus. Now Kermode has a job waiting for her at Wellpoint.

Classmate Nathan Dunlap has a similar story. He’ll be working for Pixomondo, a computer-animation firm. He was hired by the friend of his brother, a TAC alumnus who has been mentoring him for several years.

These students are typical of many seniors and recent graduates of Catholic colleges who have gotten a boost into the workforce from networks of graduates — or from satisfied...READ MORE

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Free Catholic eBooks, Jehovah's Witness Convert, The Tyranny of Misunderstood Freedom, and more! (3762)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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Free Catholic eBooks. Click on the link by Brandon Vogt to read more.

Free Catholic eBooks - Brandon Vogt, The Thin Veil

Jehovah’s Witness Convert: Lou Everett - Why I’m Catholic

The Tyranny of Misunderstood Freedom - James Kalb, Catholic World Report

Is “Slain in the Spirit” the Same as Contemplative Ecstasy? - Dan Burke, Catholic Spiritual Direction

Jean-Baptiste Lamy, the Apostle of Santa Fe - Christopher Check, Crisis Magazine

Is Heaven a Fairy Tale? - Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Pius XII to U.S. Seminarians: Be Holy, Be Heroes, Be Officers of the Church Militant - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow - Fr. Lawrence Lew OP, New Liturgical Movement

The Assumption In Church History -...READ MORE

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CD Celebrates God's Plan for Love (2180)

Feb. 12 issue feature: Songs inspired by music festival will benefit 40 Days for Life.

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– LoveComeAlive.com

After a successful first Love Come Alive Festival, which kicked off the 40 Days for Life campaign in Nashville, Tenn., last fall, Mysterium Records has released a live album CD just in time for the spring 40 Days campaign. The CD is set for a Feb. 28 release in partnership with 40 Days for Life, which will receive 10% of the proceeds from the sales.

Co-produced by Jimmy Mitchell, founder of Mysterium Records and member of the group Marian Grace, the CD is a collection of 12 songs performed at the festival by singer/songwriters from around the country who want their music to reflect the mysteries of their faith and a deeper meaning in life than what is found in mainstream music.

“All of the...READ MORE

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Catholic College Courses You Can't Find Anywhere Else (4908)

Colleges Week feature from Feb. 12 issue: How the faith factor presents itself in the classroom.

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Register illustration by Melissa Hartog

– Register illustration by Melissa Hartog

College freshmen and their parents choose Catholic institutions of higher education not only for the schools’ ability to impart and strengthen the Catholic faith, but also on the quality of the schools’ academic offerings. One thing that truly sets Catholic colleges and universities apart is that they often offer courses not found anywhere else.

Catholicism informs nearly every topic, thus allowing Catholic colleges and universities the opportunity to teach in ways that show how faith intersects with everything from leadership to architecture.

God’s ‘First Book’

That’s certainly true of Wyoming Catholic College, the state’s only Catholic college. While the school offers a Great Books-style...READ MORE

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What Did CHA's Carol Keehan Know and When Did She Know It? (21044)

Register news analysis: As threats to religious liberty escalate, critics say it’s time to establish who truly speaks for the Church in the United States.

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Vice President Joseph Biden speaks on health care as Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (l) and Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (r) listen at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House July 8, 2009.

– Alex Wong/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Feb. 10 confirmed that his administration was offering an “accommodation” to religious groups opposed to a controversial federal rule requiring private health plans to provide contraception and abortion services.

As reported in the media, church-affiliated employers would not have to directly cover those services; instead, their insurance plans would cover them.

The announcement prompted an expression of gratitude from Daughter of Charity Sister Carol Keehan, the president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, and a polite, but wary response from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which said they needed to study the proposed...READ MORE

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The Ascent of Love and St. Valentine, The Magisterium of Nuns, The Four Chaplains, and much more! (3174)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Ascent of Love & St. Valentine’s Day. Click on the link by Fr. Roger J. Landry to read more.

The Ascent of Love & St. Valentine’s Day - Fr. Roger J. Landry, Integrated Catholic Life™

The White House in Bed with the Magisterium of Nuns - Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, What Does The Prayer Really Say?

The Four Chaplains - Almost Chosen People

Thank God The Church Is Not a Democracy - The Ordinary Catholic, Peter’s Barque

New Planned Parenthood CEO Claims Work is ‘Sacred’ - Sarah Crawford, LifeSiteNews.com

3 Men Who Loved Lepers: Jesus, Francis, & Damien - Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

Did the People in Old Testament Believe in Afterlife? - Dr. Taylor Marshall, Canterbury Tales

What is the Catholic View on Genetic Engineering? - Rebecca Taylor, Catholic Lane

What if Obama...READ MORE

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Legatus Celebrates 25 Years (4622)

Former President George W. Bush headlines Naples, Fla., meeting for silver anniversary of Catholic business group.

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Cardinal Raymond Burke speaks at Legatus Summit.

– Patrick Novecosky/Legatus

NAPLES, Fla. — “If you want to get scoffed at, go to the halls of Congress and say, ‘I believe in abstinence,’” former President George W. Bush said recently.

But he wasn’t getting scoffed at here. Far from it. The 43rd president of the United States received a standing ovation at a lunchtime gathering during the annual Legatus Summit in Naples, Fla.

Bush headlined the international gathering of Legatus members, addressing the convention by drawing from his two terms in the White House.

The former president also addressed the controversial “contraceptive mandate” issued by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Speaking Feb. 4, as Catholic-led protests of the Obama...READ MORE

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