George P. Matysek Jr. has been a member of the Catholic Review staff since 1997, serving as a staff writer, senior staff writer, assistant managing editor and now web editor.

A graduate of Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Essex, George holds a bachelor's degree in history and writing from what is now Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and a master's degree in history from UMBC.

A winner of more than 50 regional, national and international journalism awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C Press Association, the Catholic Press Association, Associated Church Press and National Right to Life, George has reported from Guyana, Guatemala, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary.

Happily married and living in Rodgers Forge, George is the proud father of two daughters. 

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VIDEO REPORT: New deacons for Baltimore!

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien ordained 14 new permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Baltimore May 14 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Homeland.  You can read all about it in next week's issue of The Catholic Review.  In the meantime, check out this video!

UPDATE: The story is posted here.

May 15, 2011 10:37
By George Matysek

Collared in Wilmington

Some deacons are getting collared in the Wilmington Diocese.

Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly (former auxiliary bishop of Baltimore) has given the greenlight for permanent deacons of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore to wear Roman collars in certain situations.

Gary Morton has the scoop in the Jan. 13 issue of The Dialog. The story points out that that Canon Law neither requires nor bars deacons from wearing Roman collars, leaving the decision to the local diocese:

Deacon Hal Jopp models the gray clerical shirt and Roman collar that deacons will wear for certain ministries. (The Dialog/Don Blake)

Permanent deacons in the diocese will wear Roman collars and other clerical attire when ministering in prisons, hospitals, nursing homes and other limited situations under a new policy established last week by Bishop Malooly.

The policy, the bishop said, will help deacons gain access to such facilities, give a “clear public sign” that the deacon is  an ordained Catholic minister, “serve as a witness” that may prompt other men to ask about the diaconate or priesthood, and remind the deacon of his “Christ-centered life in service of the Gospel.”

In addition to correctional facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes, deacons will wear clerical attire when visiting the homebound, presiding at or attending wake and graveside services (where an alb or stole may be worn), or when giving an invocation or addressing a secular group as a representative of his parish or the diocese. The policy limits the wearing of clerical attire by deacons to those ministries.

The attire will consist of a gray clerical shirt and white clerical collar, black dress pants, black dress suitcoat when appropriate, and black dress shoes. The gray shirt will differentiate the deacon from a priest, who normally wears a black clerical shirt.

Deacons will continue to wear liturgical vestments as they preach, proclaim the Gospel, baptize, witness marriages and perform other duties in church.

January 12, 2011 11:48
By George Matysek