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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, May 07, 2021

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. …


When I was in the seminary, a New York City priest familiar with the city’s ethnic neighborhoods delivered an unusually memorable homily. He introduced his remarks with a droll comment about “little Italian grandmothers” and their large families. The details escape my memory now. But his quip drew twitters of chuckles from the seminarians. Despite the humorless politically-correct culture, the popular caricature of little Italian grandmothers remains comical.

The priest then spoke about the exalted dignity of the priesthood, the necessity to pray and prepare well as seminarians. We were enthusiastic to hear all about our vocation and eager to consider its noble dignity (perhaps also looking forward to some of the perquisites of office, including comfortable living accommodations, good food, and private bathrooms—hey, don’t laugh). …

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