“Do not fear, but believe.”

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time: June 28, 2009
Wis 1:13-15, 2:23-24; Ps 30:2, 4-6, 11-13; 2 Cor 8:7, 9, 13-15; Mark 5:21-43

Every February, at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, the seminarians host about 1500 youth and chaperones for a weekend Eucharistic retreat. Aside from sleeping and eating meals, most of the events happen in the college gym, with everyone sitting next to each other on carpet squares, in this gym temporarily converted into a church. And every year the high point of the weekend is the Eucharistic procession that happens on Saturday night. The lights are turned off, and a spotlight follows the deacon carrying the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance, amidst clouds of incense; while the seminarian choir sings chant and favorite hymns.

And before the procession begins, the Gospel passage is read about the women with the hemorrhages who reached out to touch the hem of Jesus’ cloak; (more…)

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Article: ‘Winding conversion story’ led son of Evangelical missionaries to the Catholic priesthood

Published in the Catholic Standard, June 18, 2009
By Richard Szczepanowski, Catholic Standard staff

Deacon Daniel Gallaugher calls his spiritual journey from son of Evangelical Christian missionaries to Catholic priest “a winding conversion story” with an ending “that surprised me.”

Baptized a Methodist, raised as an Evangelical Christian and spending some time as a member of the Episcopal Church, Deacon Gallaugher will be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington on Saturday, June 20.

Born in Santa Barbara, Calif., Deacon Gallaugher’s parents, David and Penny Gallaugher, were Catholic before they converted to the Methodist faith.

“My father was a cradle Catholic and a diocesan seminarian for seven and a half years in the 1960s. My mother was a teen-age convert to Catholicism and spent three years right after high school as a Franciscan postulant and novice,” he explained. (more…)

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