Parish roundup: Phoenix shifting from Irish to African priests; people who go to church, volunteer live longer

African priests serving in the United States gather for a conference in Chandler, Arizona, a Phoenix suburb. It’s an appropriate site. The Phoenix Diocese has seen enormous growth, and much of its ministerial needs have shifted from Irish to African priests. Thirty priests from Africa now serve in the archdiocese.

Some Catholics are exploring the “Benedict Option,” a phrase coined by writer Rod Dreher, which focuses on developing Christian communities set apart from what is seen as an increasingly corrupt, secularized world. Pasta dinners play a role.

Parishioners at St. Rose of Lima Church in York, Pennsylvania, are shocked to learn that of 72 priests accused of sex abuse in the Harrisburg Diocese, 31 have served in their parish.

A Minnesota…

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