Answering the call again, and again, and again: families with multiple vocations

Vocations shortage?  What vocations shortage?  Over at Our Sunday Visitor, they’ve got an interesting roundup on families that have more than one child who has entered the priesthood or religious life. Take, for example, the Hopkins crew, with three priests and one nun: At one time, Sister Catherine Marie Hopkins, who grew up near Syracuse, N.Y., [Read More...]

Spain launches vocation drive among the unemployed

Details: The Roman Catholic Church is hoping that they can tempt young men to join the priesthood to reverse a trend that has left many parishes across Spain without a priest. A new campaign launched this week by Spain’s Episcopal Conference promises a secure job with a modest salary that offers eternal rewards. “I do [Read More...]

Must-see video of the day: a tap-dancing seminarian

Really!  Behold, the terpsichorean skills of David Rider. From the good folks at CNS, here’s a description from Robert Duncan of how it came to be: I briefly met David Rider two years ago in New York City while on retreat at the archdiocesan seminary. I was surprised to run into him on the streets [Read More...]

“You never know what the Lord has in store for you”: the remarkable story of a vocation 65 years in the making

How’s this for a really late vocation?  From Ottawa: For nearly half a century, Gérard Lafrenière was devoted to his wife, and, by all accounts, fulfilled his vows to love, honour and cherish her. Yet, he had another love, too. In 2009, two years after his wife of 49 years, Gisèle Viau, died, Lafrenière fulfilled [Read More...]

Burying the last Belgian missionary in Hawaii

Scanning the Catholic press, I don’t think this item got much attention.  But it should have: Sacred Hearts Father Victorian (Stephen) Van den Eynde died on Feb. 11 in a foster care home in Pearl City, the last in a line of Belgian missionaries to Hawaii going back before St. Damien de Veuster, a group [Read More...]

“The Hands of Christ in a Broken World”: great new video on the priesthood

A big h/t to Jim Lackey at CNS, who just posted this gem from Salt + Light. It’s a brief glimpse at what it means to be a priest today.  Just watch. [Read more...]

“What an uplifting feeling to know that God has blessed this Church with so many priestly vocations…”

It’s not every day that an American priest gets to celebrate Mass with several hundred seminarians in India.  But Msgr. John Kozar of CNEWA (um, he would be my boss) did just that the other day while on a pastoral visit, and he blogged about it: We arrived a little after 6 a.m. at St. Thomas [Read More...]

56 years later, priest survivors of Andrea Doria tell their story

An ambitious undertaking by a seminarian is throwing new light on a dramatic moment of history: It’s been almost 60 years since the Andrea Doria sank 200 miles off Nantucket Island, but retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Goedert hasn’t forgotten that day or his journey on that ship. And if Mundelein seminarian Kyle Lee has his [Read More...]

Vocations surging in Great Britain

Some happy news from across the pond: A few years ago he was a roadie with a band, living what he admits was a rock’n’roll lifestyle. Today, 42-year-old Rob Hunt is training for the Catholic priesthood in a seminary in central London. It’s a very different way of life from what he’s been used to. [Read More...]

Mother Dolores Hart heads back to Hollywood

The celebrated former movie star and cloistered nun will be returning to the Oscars later this month — and walking the red carpet in her habit. Details, from USA TODAY: If you spot a nun roaming the red carpet during the Oscar telecast Feb. 26, don’t adjust your set. Mother Dolores is not flying or singing, but [Read More...]


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