Is student debt contributing to the vocation crisis? — UPDATED

A recent study from CARA says, “Yes”: With accumulated educational debt increasing by five percent yearly in the United States, the research was designed with two main goals: 1) to learn more about the impact of student loans on the men and women who are coming to religious life today. 2) to learn about the policy [Read More...]

For Vocation Sunday: behold, the world’s youngest priest

He’s three. A diaconal bow of gratitude to his dad for this YouTube gem. [Read more...]

Sisters turn to the Internet for vocations

This being Vocation Sunday, it’s a good time to look at a vocation that is really struggling, religious sisters.  How can they attract new recruits? Here’s one answer: When Sister Elaine Lachance devoted herself to a religious life straight out of high school in 1959, her religious order had more than a dozen convents in [Read More...]

Homily for April 29, 2012: On Vocations

My parish is hosting its annual vocations fair this weekend, to coincide with the 49th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations, so my homily focuses on that. +++ For audio of this homily as it was delivered, click the green arrow below. “We are all God’s children…what we shall be has not yet been [Read More...]

Diocese’s newest priest dies one week after ordination

My blogging neighbor Kathy Schiffer has this poignant story: Graham Turner wanted to be a priest. It was toward that end that he enrolled at the Beda College in Rome, planning to serve in the Diocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, in Scotland.  Graham had hoped to be ordained with his class last June; but [Read More...]

Quote of the day, on LCWR

“While there has been a great deal of work on the part of LCWR promoting issues of social justice in harmony with the Church’s social doctrine, it is silent on the right to life from conception to natural death, a question that is part of the lively public debate about abortion and euthanasia in the [Read More...]

Interested in becoming a married Catholic priest?

My blogging neighbor, Father Dwight Longenecker, is one, and has a few words of advice for anyone who thinks he might be called: I am now receiving a good number of phone calls from men all over the world who wish to also be a “married Catholic priest.” There are, however, certain rules of eligibility [Read More...]

WSJ: “Traditional Catholicism is winning…renewal is coming”

The authors of a book called “Beyond the Catholic Culture Wars” offer their assessment of the Church today: In his Holy Thursday homily at St. Peter’s Basilica on April 5, Pope Benedict XVI denounced calls from some Catholics for optional celibacy among priests and for women’s ordination. The pope said that “true renewal” comes only [Read More...]

The divorced Protestant who became one of California’s most popular priests

A California paper recently took a long look at one of the region’s most colorful and popular priests in the Diocese of San Bernardino: When the Rev. Howard Lincoln addresses the 6,000-plus faithful who will attend Masses at Sacred Heart Church this morning, the popular and charismatic Catholic priest will share a message that reflects [Read More...]

Wanted: Spanish-speaking deacons

This is an issue in my own diocese, as well.  Details: The harvest is plentiful in the Diocese of Salt Lake City, which is seeking laborers in the form of deacons to minister to the Spanish-speaking flock. “It was a request of the pastors, that they need deacons who speak Spanish because that is where [Read More...]


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