The year of Our Lord 2007 has seen significant changes at "Saint Blog's Parish," as several well-known authors have curtailed or ceased their activity in the Catholic blogosphere. This past Friday, it was announced that Father "Don Jim" Tucker, author of Dappled Things (not to be confused with an online journal of the same name) would be discontinuing.
Father Tucker is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington. I had the privilege of serving a traditional Latin Mass for him a year ago, while he was a guest celebrant at St Lawrence in Franconia. This past summer, he was transferred to All Saints Parish in Manassas, the largest parish in the diocese, as their new parochial vicar. He has no doubt had his hands full since the day he arrived. And even though we in northern Virginia do not suffer from quite the vocations shortage as they do in other parts of the country, a priest in this locale can find himself kept pretty busy.
The good Father's blog was a source of "all things counter, original, spare, strange..." He was a true renaissance man, who kept his combox off, and his discourse civil. His was less the work of an apostolate, than it was the living out of the Catholic life as a pursual of the truth that could be found in all things of beauty -- art, music, history, literature, and the like. To wit, he was a fine example for other bloggers who would endeavor to do the same. His page will remain online for the foreseeable future, and his occasional bouts into the realm of the arcane will be sorely missed, by those who read his work, and those who are honored to call him a "fellow-parishioner" of Saint Blog's.