Ordination update: 10 new deacons for Camden

From the New Jersey Turnpike bureau comes this heartening report:   On Saturday, May 21, in Glassboro, 10 men in the Camden Diocese were ordained as deacons, after completing six years of formation and readying themselves to be of service to God and the Catholic community. Bishop Joseph A. Galante performed the Rite of Ordination [Read More...]

Ordinary men, sacred calling

I stumbled on this almost by accident, and was delighted to see it was produced by Brooklyn’s homegrown Grassroots Films (“The Human Experience”, “Fishers of Men”). It’s a terrific glimpse into the Dominicans — the Order of Preachers, don’cha know — and well worth a look.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

"So many graces have been poured out in my life…"

What a powerful witness.  Seminarian Philip Johnson — diagnosed with brain cancer — shares his story. H/T Deacon Brad Watkins, whose blog remains the definitive vocations resource on the internet. [Read more...]

Survey: parents discourage daughters from religious vocations

That, according to sisters who took vows last year. Details: If she had listened to her parents, Sister Jenn Graus might never have professed vows last month to join the Congregation of St. Joseph. Though lifelong Catholics, Graus’ parents had met few nuns or sisters near their home in Sterling Heights, Mich., and assumed most [Read More...]

Holy enrollers: boomers causing a boom at divinity schools

More of those over 50 are embarking on a second career — in religion. Details, from TIME magazine: Boomers are the fastest-growing demographic at U.S. divinity schools, according to the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), an organization of more than 250 theological graduate schools in the U.S. and Canada. The under-30 crowd may still be [Read More...]

One man's journey from the military to the Franciscans

Here’s a surprising, and surprisingly touching, video from the March for Life, about a vocation that grew from an unlikely place. Further proof: you never know how God will work. [Read more...]

Here come more deacons — UPDATED

They’ll be ordained this weekend in Arlington, Virginia, and Bishop Paul Loverde has penned a fine tribute to the men and their formation: Many times during their five-year formation program, I have been moved by the loving support given to the men by their families, particularly by their wives. All the ordinandi this year are [Read More...]


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