One family, three vocations

From The Catholic Free Press in Worcester: Jim and Patti Duffy have eight children. Five of them are still at home. Their three oldest have entered religious life at St. Benedict Center in Still River. Most recently, their son, Michael, now known as Brother Patrick Joseph, MICM, joined his twin, Brother Christopher Isaac, who entered [Read More...]

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Pittsburgh welcomes first consecrated virgin

From the Post-Gazette:  Sheila Ryan said she sensed she has had an unusual call from God from the time of her upbringing in McKeesport. It wasn’t until recently, though, that she learned the Catholic Church had a name for it and an official liturgy to formalize it. Early Sunday morning at St. Richard Church in [Read More...]

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I’m ready to roll for vocations. Are you?

View image | gettyimages.com   My blog neighbor and FOTB Fr. Mike Duffy is plugging the Biking4Vocations event: I’ve been following along as two priests and three seminarians travel from St. Augustine Florida to Rockville Centre, New York raising awareness for vocations to the priesthood. They’ve been doing a fantastic job – check out their [Read More...]

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Bishop on new deacon: “The most remarkable path of anyone I have ever ordained”

Next step: the priesthood. Details from Arkansas Catholic:  “Wait, no, that’s not right.” So said Bishop Anthony B. Taylor during the Promise of Elect, as before him stood Norman McFall, a seminarian over whose diaconate ordination Mass Bishop Taylor was presiding May 20. “That’s the one about celibacy,” Bishop Taylor said, leafing through a large [Read More...]

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Is being single a vocation?

View image | gettyimages.com Msgr. Charles Pope address that provocative question—and provides some equally provocative answers—over at his blog: Simply being single does not seem to qualify for what we have traditionally termed vocations. Consider first some basic differences. 1. Those who marry as well as those who enter religious life or the priesthood make promises and [Read More...]

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Albany ordinations mark for some “a second career”

From The Troy Record, a welcome reminder that vocations come from many places, but very often begin in the family: Close to 300 clergy, religious, family, friends and well-wishers attended the ordination of four men as the newest deacons of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Three of four men ordained as deacons are preparing to [Read More...]

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Putting out into the deep: May 19, 2007

About the stole It is a custom in this diocese for each deacon class to design its own distinctive stole to wear on the day of ordination. Taking as our inspiration Bishop DiMarzio’s motto “put out into the deep” (Luke 5:4), we’ve designed a stole that shows a vessel sailing into the water. It resembles a [Read More...]

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Meet the newly ordained Catholic priest with two Muslim daughters

This may be one of the most unusual vocation stories you’ll ever encounter. From The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:  Like most seminarians, the Rev. Dennis Saran could tick off the many influences that bolstered and shaped him in his yearslong path to the priesthood. There was his Catholic upbringing, of course. His teacher-priests and fellow seminarians. Long-dead [Read More...]

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“Can you drink this cup?”: a stirring vocation story, told through the history of a chalice

A beautiful story. Read more about the chalice here. But watch the video below. [Read more...]

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Beautiful: how a mother returned to the Church when her son became a priest

This belongs in the Writing Straight With Crooked Lines file…the story of a mother, Kristin Gilger, who left the Catholic Church, and how God drew her back through her son. A Jesuit reader sent this to me this morning, and it’s just great:  When my son, Patrick, first told us he was considering becoming a [Read More...]

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