Traditional nuns say past is key to future

From David Gibson at Religion News Service:  The light, clear tones of young women’s voices filled the chapel, their chanted prayers drifting across the wooden altar screen that shielded the sisters from the full view of those sitting in the pews. It was five o’clock on a hot August afternoon, and vespers, the traditional evening [Read More...]

First of its kind: New Orleans opens house of discernment for women

Details:  With finger sandwiches, prayers and the good wishes of dozens of visiting nuns, the Archdiocese of New Orleans on Wednesday turned over a vacant Uptown rectory where single women will live together while deciding whether to undertake lives as nuns. Archbishop Gregory Aymond, who dedicated the St. Rita Parish rectory to its new use, said the Magnificat [Read More...]

75 years a priest

Remarkable.  And inspiring. From Robert Dellinger and The Tidings of Los Angeles: The 97-year-old priest in the white chasuble with an embroidered cross on the front approached the wood lectern with short steps. By his side was the chaplain of Nazareth House, Trinitarian Father Frank Whatley. Normally because of his balance problem and poor eyesight, Msgr. [Read More...]

On the diaconate: “This is what God is calling me to do”

An interesting look at some men in formation, from Florida Catholic:  The men gathered in worship with their wives sang the closing hymn of Mass, “Let Us Build the City of God,” with much spiritual enthusiasm. For the men who have heard the call to the vocation of the diaconate, the song culminated a retreat [Read More...]

“Same Call, Different Men”

This sounds like something to put on my “must-read” list.  From U.S. Catholic:  Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood Since Vatican II presents a comprehensive portrait of the Catholic priesthood in the United States today based on sociological data on 960 priests and interviews with 60 others, both collected in 2009. First the [Read More...]

At LCWR, some express concern that “we won’t be listened to”

Hot on the heels of this study on women and religious vocations comes word that some sisters of the LCWR are chafing at the idea of any Vatican oversight.  Details, from the Washington Post:  Executives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious reportedly believe most members — who make up 80 percent of U.S. nuns [Read More...]

Olympic athlete to enter seminary after the games

 Details:  Carlos Ballve – known as “Litus” to his friends – plays defense on the Spanish field hockey team that is competing in the London 2012 Olympic Games. But as soon as the competition ends, he will head to a Belgium seminary to begin the process of becoming priest. According to the Spanish daily El [Read More...]

Trifecta: three brothers becoming priests

A vocations bonanza, from Huffington Post:  When Luke Strand started college nine years ago, he wanted to earn a marketing degree, a job in the business world, then a house and children. Now he’s a priest and that’s not all. His brother, Vincent, is on his way to being ordained a Jesuit priest and their [Read More...]

Austrian vocations campaign takes to the streets

And it features an image of a deacon, a priest and nun. Details:  Launching the billboard campaign Tuesday, Klaus Kueng, St. Polten’s bishop, described the lack of interest in the priesthood as “a huge problem.” But Lukas Leitner, whose advertising agency developed the project, was optimistic that his strategy would bear fruit. Eighty large billboards [Read More...]

Meet New York’s oldest working priest, 92-year-old Fr. Gerald Ryan

A tribute to enduring faith and steadfast love, in (of all places) the New York Times:  It was the bell that first called to him. It was a Sunday afternoon in the mid-1920s, and his family was living in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. When his priest rang the bell during Mass, Gerald [Read More...]


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