Sulpician Author of Theology Standards
Generations of American priests learned theology by studying the writings of Sulpician Father Adolph Tanquerey.
Born in Blainville, France, in 1854, ordained in 1878, a theology student in Rome and then in the service of the Rota, Father Tanquerey came to the United States in 1887 to join the faculty of St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. There he taught theology and Canon Law and eventually became vice-rector.
He admired Americans, and American Catholicity, very much. His books on dogmatic, moral and pastoral theology were for years the standards for seminary education here and abroad. He died in 1930.
Hospital Chaplain Sees Ministry Calling from God
Father John Cabico, of the Diocese of Honolulu, ordained in 2009, is full-time chaplain for several large Honolulu hospitals. It is a demanding ministry — in many respects.
He is on call almost all the time, and he constantly sees people in great physical or emotional stress. To refresh himself, he told the Hawaii Catholic Herald, the diocesan newspaper, he carefully allots time every morning and evening for personal prayer, preferably before the Blessed Sacrament.
He schedules time each week for relaxation. He realizes that he cannot answer every question. And, he regards his assignment as a calling from God.
Impatience for Lent
For centuries, Sundays marking the 70th, 60th and 50th days before Easter were times of penance and liturgical somberness, although Lent had not yet come. The mood represented an impatience for Lent and, more precisely, for the Resurrection.
Fifty Years Ago
In The Priest February 1964, a Louisiana Josephite pastor urged priests to catechize their people as to the moral imperative of equal rights for all people. A priest from New Zealand wrote about praying the breviary as a spiritual incentive. Another article was on ministering to alcoholics.
‘Go in Peace’
“Who is the king of glory? It is the Lord!” — Psalm 24:8