Pope Francis to nuns: “Be a mother, not an old maid”

From CNS:  Pope Francis told 800 superiors of women’s orders from around the world that the Catholic Church needs religious women and that religious women need to be in harmony with the faith and teachings of the church. “What would the church be without you?” the pope told the women May 8. “It would be [Read More…]

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Star search: a scientist who grew up without religion prepares for ordination to the priesthood

The unusual vocation story, from The Leaven newspaper of Kansas City: The vocation stories of many priests begin with their families, where they were nurtured in the faith and early on considered that they, too, might stand at the altar someday. Not Deacon Nathan Haverland. “I never thought about being a priest while I was [Read More…]

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PK: The challenges of being a preacher’s kid

I’m sure there are children of deacons and priests who can relate to this, too. From Religion News Service: The day Franklin Graham was born, he received a telegram. “Welcome to this sin-sick world,” the Western Union message said, “and to the challenge you have to walk in your daddy’s footsteps.” It didn’t take long [Read More…]

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Theologian: “Allowing women to be deacons would create great confusion for the faithful…”

From Catholic News Agency:  Theologian Father Manfred Hauke said recent comments from a German archbishop appearing to support a particular diaconate for women are confusing to Catholics and others. “Allowing women to be deacons would create great confusion for the faithful,” Fr. Hauke, a professor of patristics and dogmatics at the Theological Faculty of Lugano, [Read More…]

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Embattled chaplain sparks small vocations boom at George Washington University

You probably remember the controversy surrounding this chaplain at George Washington University.  Here’s something else you should know about him, from the National Catholic Register:  Father Greg Shaffer, the Catholic chaplain at George Washington University, learned early that a good pastor can defy the odds and lead the young to embrace a priestly vocation. Growing [Read More…]

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Indiana copes with priest shortage

From the Post-Tribune newspaper, which toward the end makes mention of deacons: Early in his career, the Rev. Rick Orlinski was one of three priests at Our Lady of Grace in Highland and spent two to three days each week ministering to the sick in their homes. Now, there is one priest who serves the [Read More…]

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Ordination update: 18 new deacons for Jefferson City

Photo: Jay Nies/ The Catholic Missourian One of the newly ordained dropped me a line today: Saturday, April 20, Bishop John R. Gaydos ordained 18 men as permanent deacons for the Jefferson City [Missouri] Diocese. It’s the largest class in our history. Congratulations, and welcome!  Ad multos annos!   And how about a shout-out for [Read More…]

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Pope Francis at priestly ordinations: “You are pastors, not functionaries”

To mark the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations —which falls every year on Good Shepherd Sunday—Pope Francis ordained 10 men to the priesthood at St. Peter’s Basilica today.   Below, his homily, from Vatican Radio. +++ Beloved brothers and sisters: because these our sons, who are your relatives and friends, are now to [Read More…]

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Brit boom: ordinations to priesthood higher than in the 1950’s

Some surprising and encouraging news out of England and Wales: New figures for 2012 show numbers of men and women entering religious orders have risen for the third year running, while ordinations to the priesthood have reached a ten-year high. There were 29 people entering religious life in 2010, rising to 36 in 2011 and 53 [Read More…]

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Vatican statement on LCWR: “Pope Francis reaffirmed the program of reform”

From the Vatican website:   Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of America. Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate for the Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR, also [Read More…]

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