Young religious find older garb habit-forming — UPDATED

It’s no secret that people entering religious life these days are increasingly attracted to wearing the kinds of clothes that were abandoned in the ’60s and ’70s — habits and veils for women, cassocks and birettas for men. U.S. Catholic looks at how one order is addressing this old-fashioned new fashion: Around the time Karen [Read More…]

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A priest-painter who's "not afraid to push the envelope"

He’s attracting a lot of attention as he opens a new show near Boston. From the Boston Globe: John Frederick Arens is a cutting-edge artist. His Allston studio is stuffed from floor to ceiling with paintings of every size. Stacks of small, colorful abstracts jostle for space in the shadow of a 6-foot blue mammoth. [Read More…]

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Priest of note: he tried out for the Met — and he's married

From Oregon comes this intriguing piece about yet another married Episcopalian minister who has become a Catholic priest: Two things set Father Bryce McProud apart from most newly ordained Roman Catholic priests: He once tried out for the Metropolitan Opera and placed highly enough to consider it a career option. And he’s married. The opera [Read More…]

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Happy Anniversary, Palm Beach deacons

The diocese is marking 10 years since it began its diaconate program; the first class (12 of them, like the apostles!) was ordained in 2006, and is pictured below. Florida Catholic takes a closer look at this vocation and the men who are a part of it: As the 12 men received the special sacrament [Read More…]

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Divorced grandfather ordained a priest in California

He’s shown above with his children and grandchildren (and, according to the caption, his ex-wife on the far right).  His surprising vocation is described in The Tidings: Grandfather-of-three, Patrick Sheridan, was ordained a Benedictine priest during a July 16 concelebrated Mass at St. Mary in Palmdale with Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar, presider, and Abbot Damien [Read More…]

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"Truth is really important in our world today…"

That’s just part of what Mary Anne Marks told “Currents” when she visited the show a year ago and talked about her inspiring decision to join The Dominicans after graduating summa cum laude from Harvard.  (An event that garnered a lot of media attention with this jaw-dropping speech, delivered in Latin.)  A year on, she’s [Read More…]

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Worth a thousand words: new priest edition

As part of our parish’s annual novena to St. John Vianney, a newly ordained priest comes to celebrate Sunday mass and offer a special blessing after.  This year, we were lucky to have Fr. Rodnev Lapommeray, ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn just last month. Following mass, people lined up outside — some waiting over [Read More…]

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A sister for 60 years: one woman's story

The Georgia Bulletin is profiling several women religious as they mark significant milestones in their vocation — including Sister Angela Abood, who is celebrating her 60-year jubilee. Details: A native of Georgia, Sister Angela has spent nearly 40 years of her ministry in the Atlanta area. She has worked at the Village of St. Joseph [Read More…]

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The life of a priest: "Too much of a good thing"

At my parish, we’re in the middle of an annual novena to St. John Vianney, praying for vocations to the priesthood. It’s a beautiful tradition in our church; we begin the novena with a jubiliarian celebrating mass, and we conclude nine days later with a newly ordained priest, who also offers special individual blessings after [Read More…]

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Nearing the goal: update on soccer player studying for the priesthood

He made news a few years back, when he gave up a lucrative professional soccer career for the priesthood.  How’s he doing? The Washington Post has an update: Chase Hilgenbrinck looks back on his first few months at Mount St. Mary’s and wonders how he did it. His decision to leave behind a Major League [Read More…]

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