Culture: June 2013 Archives


On this date in 1889, Jesuit Father Gerard Manley Hopkins died. He was a convert and a poet. Hopkins struggled with having good physical and mental health.

Hopkins' poetry is extraordinary and innovative in the use of language and form. It is said the was influence more by the Franciscan school than the Thomists.

O God, You did raise Your servant, Gerard Manley Hopkins, to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of Your Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in Your own Holy Name. We beseech You to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults, admitting him speedily into Your Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labors. This we ask through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord. Amen.

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Our Lord has a part time job at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome.
Bet you didn't know our Messiah moonlights.

Photo courtesy of and copyright (C) of Nathaniel Peters, an acquaintance.
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Andrew Greeley.jpgThe famed Chicago priest, sociologist and novelist Father Andrew Greeley died on Thursday. He was 85 and in poor health since 2008. He died in his sleep.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, Noon, at Christ the King Church, 9325 South Hamilton Avenue.

Father Andrew Greeley was a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 59 years. He assisted as priest on Chicago's south side.

With so many personal and professional accomplishments, Andrew Greeley's identity was that of a priest.

Peter Steinfels' NY Times obit for Greeley is worth a good read even if you disagree with Greeley's critical remarks about the Church. Steinfels brings out some interesting points about Father Greeley and the context in which he existed.

His autobiography is Confessions of a Parish Priest.

The Chicago Archdiocese published this obit for Greeley.

NBC Chicago 5 has a remembrance.

Mary, Queen and Mother of priests, pray for us.
Saint Andrew, brother of the Lord, pray for us.
Saint John Vianney, pray for us.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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