A Dominican Miracle in Columbus, Ohio

A few quick facts about this amazing parish: It is over 150 years old It is surrounded by old warehouses and a secular community college It is located in the downtown core of a major metropolitan city It has no “neighborhood” – no houses, no families, no community It was established and built by poor … Read more

In the Shadow of America’s Most Unchurched State Capital

St Joseph’s in Salem, Oregon Article by Harry Stevens Photographs by Rick Keating It was 1853 – in the midst of a Famine which was killing fully one quarter of his countrymen — when the Irish immigrant Father James Croke saddled up his horse in Portland, Oregon.* Ahead of him lay a 47 mile-long trek … Read more

BRING BACK THE ALTAR BOY

by Beverly Stevens, REGINA Editor With all the hullabaloo on this topic, I have tried valiantly to avoid having a  knee-jerk opinion on altar girls. Now, however, I have actually spent some time thinking about it. And I do have an opinion, based on my personal experience both as a Catholic mother and REGINA’s Editor. … Read more

Time to Bring Tenebrae Out of the Shadows

by Clare Bowskill It is one of the oldest offices in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. It features some of the most beautiful music ever written. So why have so many of us never heard of it? Why am l completely in the dark about Tenebrae? During Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum, the three … Read more

‘Isn’t Chant Too Hard?’

And Other Outlandish Questions For the Monks of Norcia   FATHER BASIL NIXEN IS THE CHOIRMASTER of the Benedictines at Norcia, Italy. Their chant CD is now #1 Best-seller at Barnes &Noble in the US as well as debut #1 Classical Traditional on this week’s Billboard Chart, #1 Classical Amazon US and #1 Classical iTunes US. … Read more

How Catholics Got Their Chant Back

By Peter De Trolio III Once upon a time as a very young man, I heard Plain Chant. It was during the 1980s, that period of guitars and pop music erroneously and enthusiastically interjected into the liturgy. My revelation came due to the work of a Monk of St. Anselm´s Abbey in Washington, D.C. Dom … Read more

Splendor in the City

Sacra Liturgia USA in New York City   KNIGHTS AND DAMES OF MALTA IN THEIR TRADITIONAL REGALIA ARRIVE FOR MASS at New York’s Sacra Liturgia Conference, June 1, 2015 (PHOTO CREDIT: Stuart Chessman)   “THE PURPOSE OF SACRA LITURGIA IS TO PROMOTE IN AN ACTIVE WAY THE LITURGICAL REFORM THAT IS SO SORELY NEEDED IN … Read more

Eyewitness: Pilgrimage in York, England

In honour of the Martyr Saint Margaret Clitherow, Wife and Mother Essay by Michael Durnan Photo Credits: Michael Durnan Joseph Shaw   IN RECENT YEARS, THE LATIN MASS SOCIETY OF ENGLAND AND WALES has held an annual national pilgrimage to the northern English city of York, the county town of Yorkshire. The pilgrimage is held in honour … Read more

Who Needs Men in Church?

By Joseph Shaw   Cardinal Burke recently gave a rather controversial interview on the crisis of men in Church. The lack of men in most Catholic churches in the West is there for all to see; looking at those most involved in parish life—readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Altar servers—the lack of menfolk is … Read more

Three Young Deacons Speak Up

By Beverly De Soto Stevens 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 the clerical sex abuse crisis which erupted across the … Read more