Blind seminarian in Oregon 'sees' beyond external trappings

Tony Del Castillo's guide dog, Dagwood, pictured Oct. 1, 2019, is the unofficial mascot at Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Ore., according to Del Castillo, who is blind.

ST. BENEDICT, Ore. (CNS) — Although Tony Del Castillo cannot see, a friend's question years ago helped him perceive people with clarity and to look beyond an individual's quirks, foibles and facades.

The enduring value of celibacy

Candidates for the priesthood lie on the floor as Pope Francis celebrates an ordination Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican May 12, 2019.

A few days ago, someone asked me in passing whether the "big meeting in Rome" — referring to the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon — would allow priests to marry.

Take 5 with Father: healing for eternity

Fr. Michael Moloney

Meet Fr. Michael Moloney, pastor of Saint Mary Parish in Windthorst and Saint Boniface Parish in Scotland, and learn how being a physician for two decades helped prepare him for the priesthood.

A decade of deacons

Deacon Jose Aragon

José Aragon always knew the dedication and commitment it takes to serve as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church.

Medicine infused with faith

Jessica Rodriguez, RN, Dr. Melissa Weidert, Nicole Havrilla, and Dr. Sally Kurz

Sometimes, a door must close so God can open a different one.