"Prejudice against single pastors abounds"

Here’s a surprising problem that Catholic pastors don’t confront, from a piece in the New York Times: Like all too many Americans, Mark Almlie was laid off in the spring of 2009 when his workplace downsized. He has been searching for an appropriate position ever since, replying to more than 500 job postings without success. [Read More...]

Suspended: diocese stops accepting new candidates for diaconate

The diocese in question is in Massachusetts. Details: The Worcester Diocese has stopped accepting new men into its permanent diaconate program – at least temporarily – Deacon Anthony R. Surozenski, director of the Office of Diaconate, said this week. This will allow time to assess whether more deacons will be needed and whether assignments and [Read More...]

When a nun dies

Over at NCR, Sister Rose Pacatte has a beautiful reflection on what happens when a sister dies — and shares the life and legacy of one nun in particular, Sr. Cecilia Livingston, who recently passed away: My hunch is that only a few of you knew Sr. Cecilia, but I would like you to. She [Read More...]

St. Therese's Prayer for Priests

I think we need this now, more than ever.  I found this on a prayer card they give out at St. John the Evangelist Church in New York City… O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep your priests within the shelter of your sacred heart, where none may touch them. Keep unstained their anointed hands, which daily [Read More...]

Pope grants special permission for married man to be ordained priest — UPDATED

It happened in Germany. Details, from the New York Daily News: A married father of two in Germany was ordained as a Catholic priest on Tuesday, a rare move by the church, which typically requires priests to be single and to take a vow of chastity. Harm Klueting, 61, a professor of theology at universities [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...]

Benedict on vocations: "Keep our gaze fixed on Jesus"

“It is no less challenging to follow Christ today. It means learning to keep our gaze fixed on Jesus, growing close to him, listening to his word and encountering him in the sacraments; it means learning to conform our will to his.” “This requires a genuine school of formation for all those who would prepare [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...]


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