A prayer to Mary for vocations

Hail Mary, full of grace; all generations call you blessed. Hail Mother of God; when asked by the angel to bear the Son of the Most High, filled with faith, you responded: “Let it be done unto me.” Holy Mother of Jesus, at the wedding feast at Cana, you prompted your Son to perform his [Read More...]

Boom: number of women becoming nuns in UK reaches 25-year high

Details:  The number of women becoming nuns in Britain has reached a 25-year high. Some 45 took holy vows last year – tripled from just 15 in 2009 and the most in one year since the 1980s. Just seven signed up in 2004 but that has now changed as more women are drawn to the [Read More...]

“Banns for the diaconate”?

While reading the bulletin for Christ the King Catholic Church in Ann Arbor (see here for more on that story), I spotted this item: Peter James Lawrence from this parish is scheduled to be ordained as a transitional Deacon on May 16, 2015, for service to the Diocese of Lansing. Anyone knowing a serious reason [Read More...]

Boom: number of priestly ordinations in 2015 climbs 25%

From the USCCB: The 2015 class of men ordained to the priesthood report that they were, on average, about 17 when they first considered a vocation to the priesthood and encouraged to consider a vocation by an average of four people. Seven in 10 (71 percent) say they were encouraged by a parish priest, as [Read More...]

How Make-A-Wish and a bishop gave boy a chance to be “Priest for a Day”

This will be hard to top for uplift and sheer wonderfulness. From the St. Louis Review:  Make-A-Wish requests often involve meeting athletes, attending sporting events or traveling to amusement parks or beaches. When it came time for 11-year-old Brett Haubrich of south St. Louis County to make his wish, he not only listed none of [Read More...]

Portrait of a vocation: “It was this kind of awakening”

In a rarity for a secular newspaper, The Day in Connecticut has a profile of a young man discerning a vocation to the priesthood: Michael Bovino never thought his family was overly religious. They said grace before dinner and he participated in religious education classes at their parish, St. Michael the Archangel in Pawcatuck, but “I was just [Read More...]

“You’re too pretty to be a nun!”

A woman entering religious life writes in Huffington Post:  When I tell people I’m going to be a nun, they are shocked. Their eyebrows shoot up, their jaws drop, their beers spill onto the bar. “You’re too normal to be a nun,” they say. “You’re too smart.” “You’re too pretty!” This last one took me [Read More...]

Former Philadelphia sportswriter, 60, about to be ordained a priest

Let’s hear it for another journalist entering religious life. From The Boston Globe:  Kevin Mulligan, about to be ordained a Catholic priest, figures some long and fulfilling days await him. He knows about long days, devotion to duty, seeing a story through to its finish. Soon to turn 60 years old, he spent 25 years [Read More...]

Boom: with seminarian numbers surging, one diocese launches a capital campaign to support them

This is a nice problem to have. From The Wisconsin State Journal: Midway through the Sunday Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dodgeville, the service took a sharp turn toward fundraising. Monsignor Daniel Ganshert, the parish priest, told parishioners that for years, people in the Madison Catholic Diocese had been praying for more men [Read More...]

How a supporter of women’s ordination left the Anglicans and became Catholic

From The Catholic Herald in the UK:   It is always interesting to read the various ways that converts stumble onto the path to Rome. Surely one of the strangest accounts in modern times is that of Dr Una Kroll, whose autobiography, Bread Not Stones, has recently been published by Christian Alternative. Dr Kroll received quite a [Read More...]


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