I was prompted to do this by a post on Blessed is the Kingdom, so I thought I’d compile the list of the most visited posts on my blog. I’ve enjoyed my new-found hobby of blogging that I began in August this year during the summer break.
#1 – 173 views
I suppose, not surprisingly, when someone lands in my blog they wonder where on earth they’ve landed, and more to the point, who is writing this. So the most visited page on my blog is the About me page!
#2 – 145 views
Second on the list is a video called “We are Catholic” that I reblogged under the title “We Just Want to be Catholic.” which came originally from Defend Us In Battle. It’s worth a look if you haven’t seen it.
#3 – 78 views
Interestingly, people are curious to see what I’m reading at the moment. I’ve never been a great reader, but returning to “school” has certainly seen me in the books again, and I’ve also been trying very hard to read beyond what I have to read for class and exams, and not just in canon law. Archbishop Gomez’ book on the virtue of courage in the priestly life is very good, and I’m currently reading sections of it after Vespers each day.
#4 – 69 views
Well known Ottawa personality, Fr Bob Bedard CC, died on 6 October 2011. Fr Bob, as he was known, was a charismatic priest – in all senses of the word – and founder of the Companions of the Cross, a community of Catholic priests founded here in Ottawa in 1985.
#5 – 66 views
Coming in at number five, was a weekend round up I wrote just after starting the blog. I thought it might become a regular feature, particularly as it seemed to generate some interest. I don’t think I ever got around to writing another weekend round up, partly because most of my weeks here in Ottawa end up looking much like the one before!
#6 – 63 views
At number six was news of interest to those back home in Brisbane, when the resignation of our Archbishop, John Bathersby, was accepted and Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett of Lismore was appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of our Archdiocese. At the time of writing this, we are still eagerly awaiting news of who our next Archbishop will be.
#7 – 62 views
When I look from time to time at the stats for this blog, I can see what words people have entered into search engines that have brought them here to A secular priest. With some regularity, people searching for something about St Rose of Lima end up here. I have used the blog to post all my weekday and Sunday homilies. They can easily be found through the category tab at the top of the page. They land on the blog as the Mass at which they were preached is ending – with one of the neat features of the blog being able to schedule exactly when a post will appear!
#8 – 56 views
When I was initially thinking about the topics that I’d like to blog on, one was the renewal that can be seen happening in consecrated life in the Church. Some of the older, established congregations are receiving renewed interest with more entrants into novitiates, and new Institutes are also forming. I wanted to highlight some of these signs of new life on my blog. You’ll find this “category” at the top of the page on A secular priest. Number eight on this list of top ten was a post about two Australian women who made their religious profession with the Dominican Sisters of Nashville. Of course, my views on religious who wear their habits are well known to any who know me, and interestingly, its those communities who have adopted (or resumed wearing) identifiable garb that are attracting vocations. Clearly, wearing a habit is not the only thing that makes these communities stand out. We could add: a renewed appreciation of life in community; the communal praying of the Liturgy of the Hours; a more marked emphasis on fidelity to the teachings of the church, and a desire to further the new evangelization, called for by Blessed John Paul II and now Benedict XVI. We continue to pray for the renewal of religious life in the Church, and for many more holy vocations to the religious congregations and institutes.
#9 – 56 views
Generating a few hits was a note about my eleventh anniversary of presbyteral ordination on 14th September, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. The years go by very quickly indeed!
#10 – 54 views
And coming in at number ten – probably for the same reasons as #7 – people often land at A secular priest when they are searching for information about Saint Bartholomew. It’s nice to see that people are interested in the saints!
Now, I did say that this was a top ten, but I do want to add one more!
#11 – 53 views
Coming in at number eleven is a post about another religious community that is “coming to be” here in Ottawa, the Queenship of Mary. Being founded by Mother Alice Fougere, and a group of another four sisters, with the support of Fr Ben St. Croix CC, the Queenship of Mary have a special desire to pray for and support priests, something that is much needed. They are nearing the end of their novitiate year, and hopefully before too long some news will be forthcoming about the next steps in their formal canonical recognition as a religious community in the church.
So that’s a review of the top eleven posts on A secular priest since it hit the world wide web with my first post on 5 August 2011. One of the initial motivators that got me started was to have some way of leaving messages and photos for those back home in Australia who aren’t on Facebook. I suppose every blogger also likes “having his say” and leaving a comment for the whole world to see, and I’m no exception! So for anyone who cares to read what I have to say, you are welcome here at A secular priest. The pope has encouraged priests to be active in the new media, and so I hope I can not only stay in touch with family and friends, but also to do my own small part in saying something useful, with the blog being one aspect of my priestly ministry.
Happy reading, and a blessed new year to all!