“Your vocation is not about you”

Good stuff here:  It is quite traditional and correct to speak of “discerning a vocation” – particularly to consecrated life or the priesthood, though also in regard to marriage, careers, and other major commitments. In modern Western culture, however, the idea of vocational discernment has become problematic, producing unnecessary indecision and anxiety. The problem is not [Read More...]

For the first time, woman to become rector of pontifical university in Rome

Details:  She was the first woman to obtain a permanent position as a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Antonianum, the Roman university run by the Order of Friars Minor; she was the first woman to be appointed a dean, which is equivalent to the position of department head and now that [Read More...]

Santa Fe pursuing sainthood for “Fastest Nun in the West”

From the AP:  The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, [Read More...]

Nevermind: lawyer now says there is no deal for nuns to care for dying priest

Details:  A nursing home run by nuns has not been asked or agreed to take care of a dying Roman Catholic priest convicted of killing a nun at a hospital chapel in 1980, his attorney said Tuesday. The attorney for the Rev. Gerald Robinson wrote in a court filing that his statement last week that [Read More...]

Sister act in Charlotte

You never know who you’ll bump into at a convention of Catholics.  This morning, for example, I ran into these gals. These are two jolly members of the Poor Clares. They’re delightful ladies —and pals with Elizabeth Scalia, so you know they’re classy dames. (The one on the left is Mother Dolores, but I didn’t [Read More...]

Sister Cristina says her priorities are “Jesus and prayer”

The Internet sensation—and winner of Italy’s “The Voice”—has given her first interview since her triumph: Speaking to reporters for the first time after her victory on The Voice Italy, Sister Cristina Scuccia said that she now plans to return to the two priorities in her life, which are “Jesus and prayer.” “My future is in [Read More...]

She did it: Sister Cristina wins “The Voice,” prays the Our Father

Details: A cheery Catholic nun has clinched an Italian television talent singing contest after winning millions of followers with her lively dance act and soulful renditions of pop classics. Wearing her habit and a crucifix around her neck, Suor Cristina immediately thanked God for her victory on Thursday in The Voice of Italy and recited [Read More...]

Rocking on: Sister Cristina “Livin’ on a Prayer”

CNS has the scoop:  A religious sister singing a Bon Jovi mega-hit with a British boy band for backup? “Never say never,” Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia told her audience last night before she was swept into the semifinals by popular vote. Her coach, Italian rap-star J-Ax (who’s been choosing Sister Cristina’s repertoire since her Blind Audition debut) said [Read More...]

New order of nuns takes root in Wisconsin

Photo: William Glasheen/Post-Crescent Media Details from The Green Bay Press Gazette:  If a young soul wanders, Mother Mary Catherine has dedicated her to life to shepherding it back on the path to heaven. She is trying to save souls as the founder and mother superior of a new community of Roman Catholic religious women within [Read More...]

What a feeling: Sister Cristina performs “Flashdance”

And, evidently, she’s now got fans with t-shirts celebrating her partnership with J-Ax. From CNS’s blog:  Ursuline Sister Cristina Scuccia nailed it again last night with her rendition of Irene Cara’s “Flashdance…What a feeling.” Viewers of last night’s live show voted for her to continue on to the final rounds on “The Voice of Italy.” [Read More...]