Saturday, February 24, 2007

Ron Hansen Ordained a Deacon

News to me:
Ron Hansen has built up an impressive resume: award-winning author, literary editor, professor.

But Hansen's latest undertaking isn't a typical literary affair -- Hansen has become a deacon in the Catholic Church. He was ordained as a permanent deacon Saturday at the Mission Church in front of over 200 of his friends and family.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ron Hansen is Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Professor of Creative Writing at Santa Clara University and author of many novels, including Mariette in Ecstasy. He lives with his wife in Cupertino, Calif.

The first thing I would like to see changed is the current restriction limiting priesthood only to those who are male and celibate. Also, the questions of Humanae Vitae should be revisited. A culture of suspicion, particularly concerning the American church, seems to exist in the Curia now. I find it unnecessary and in many ways evil. I hope the next pope will ratify the brilliant new English-language Sacramentary that has been waiting, unused, for too long. And I would like to see intensified an ecumenical outreach, especially to those Protestant denominations with which we have much in common.

From “What Should the Next Pope Do?” Edited by James Martin, America, Vol. 192 No. 14, April 25, 2005 (