"There is nothing easy about being in the seminary…"

As part of the Patheos symposium on seminaries, seminarian Michael Duffy — less than a year from being ordained a priest — reflects on his seminary experience: There is nothing easy about being in the seminary; it is supposed to be difficult. It supposed to be challenging. Being in formation for the Priesthood of Jesus [Read More...]

What they didn't ask

Men applying to study for Holy Orders are familiar with the psychological exams you have to take. Here are the impressions of one man, after taking the test for the diaconate: One interesting feature of the exam is that the examiner (a clinical psychologist) had to review the self-narrative with me, and for a fixed [Read More...]

Want to be a priest? There's an app for that

The Church in Ireland has developed an innovative way to spread the word about vocations — one you can hold in the palm of your hand. Details: An establishment viewed as a bastion of tradition is turning to a new app to encourage more “applications.” The app, says the church, is “designed to promote vocations [Read More...]

Hope

A friend passed along the picture above, from a recent ordination. Not sure where it was taken. But it is priceless. [Read more...]

"Be a man": an anthem for priestly discernment

Now, for something completely different, from Franciscan University, and the men who are in the Priestly Discernment program.  Evidently, a talent for performing tunes from Disney animated musicals (here, a production number from “Mulan”) is an important part of priestly discernment.  Who knew? Anyway, the audience clearly loved it.  Enjoy. [Read more...]

Boom: Scranton diocese doubles number of seminarians

How’d that happen?  Some answers: Encouraged by a proactive vocations office and a supportive bishop, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton’s class of men studying to be priests has doubled in the last two years to 17 seminarians. The diocese last had as many seminarians in 2004, when 20 men were studying for the priesthood. [Read More...]

Why priests are happy

That’s the title of a new book, and the subject of a symposium on the topic held recently in Washington featuring, among others, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta. Details: Despite all the negative publicity of recent years, research shows U.S. Catholic priests are demonstrably among the happiest, most job-fulfilled and satisfied men in the country, [Read More...]

"Today is a glorious day for the church": beautiful ordination video from Milwaukee

It features something truly extraordinary, and deeply moving: the ordination of a man who is deaf.  Just watch. H/T Imprisoned in My Bones [Read more...]

Nun on the run: future sister taking part in marathon

Running, it turns out, is habit-forming. Details: Her nun’s habit is too long to run with, so Stephanie Baliga won’t wear it when she runs in next month’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. But you still might be able to pick out Baliga from among the thousands of runners by the rosary beads that she’s [Read More...]

Ordination update: baker's dozen in Boston

The big news, from The Pilot: On a crisp, sunny, September morning at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley ordained 13 men as permanent deacons for the Archdiocese of Boston. Deacons David A. Brooks, Christopher Z. Connelly, Paul David Coughlin, Joseph Bryere Guerrier, Geoffrey W. Higgins, Joseph J. Hopgood, Cheonil Kim, [Read More...]


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