“A tribute to my brother priests…”

This comes from the blog of the new bishop of Tyler, Texas, Joseph Strickland.  And it’s a keeper: If you read this and you’re not a priest, please pass it on to all the priests you know.  If you are a priest, please receive it as a small expression of thanks for all you do [Read More...]

Using social media to boost vocations

Hot on the heels of Pope Benedict’s announced theme for the next World Communications Day comes this encouraging piece of news, from Catholic News Service: Several religious congregations and organizations are taking advantage of social media to “introduce” individuals discerning a call to a vocation and the seminary, convent or monastery that fits them. With [Read More...]

Sister fact(s) from The Anchoress

She’s got a mega-roundup of nun newsiness over at her joint, pegged to the feast of St. Therese. It’s quite a collection: Let’s start with the Sisters of Life for no other reason than they’re in my header! They’ve clothed 7 New Novices, and celebrated six first professions and one final. The Sisters of St. [Read More...]

Remembering “the people’s priest” of the Bronx

Every now and then, we receive a blessed reminder of what it means to follow in the footsteps of Christ. Here’s one, from the New York Times: The Rev. John C. Flynn could have been a monsignor, but as he told the story in later years, he refused the elevation because he already held a [Read More...]

“More young men are coming to the diocese to enter seminary than in two generations”

The story may be different on the coasts. But in Missouri and Kansas, it seems, vocations are going strong: Seven men were ordained this year in the diocese, the largest single-year number in the last 30, said a somewhat mystified but definitely pleased Monsignor Bradley Offutt, diocesan vicar general. Also, 10 men are beginning studying [Read More...]

Cardinal Wuerl to seminarians: “You will need to be a voice of invitation”

The Cardinal Archbishop of Washington has published a letter to men preparing for the priesthood that touches on a wide range of topics but stresses, first and foremost, fidelity. From the Archdiocesan vocation website, DC Priests: Your need to be well grounded in authentic Catholic teaching is important, first for your own participation in the [Read More...]

What do you do after you leave the priesthood to get married?

Religious News Service has a look at one man’s story: Nationwide, about 80 Protestant clergy have left to become Catholic priests, according to research from Catholic University in Washington. Some Eastern Rite Catholic churches, which are loyal to Rome, ordain married men. And after 1980, the Vatican allowed Protestant clergy who converted to Catholicism to [Read More...]

49-year-old Baltimore schoolteacher takes final vows as nun

Details, from the Catholic Review:  About 12 years ago, Hanna Mignogno was listening to a speaker at a conference when she felt compelled to get up and walk outside. She sat on a wall facing a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, listening to the call from God to enter religious life grow louder and [Read More...]

Traditional nuns say past is key to future

From David Gibson at Religion News Service:  The light, clear tones of young women’s voices filled the chapel, their chanted prayers drifting across the wooden altar screen that shielded the sisters from the full view of those sitting in the pews. It was five o’clock on a hot August afternoon, and vespers, the traditional evening [Read More...]

On the diaconate: “This is what God is calling me to do”

An interesting look at some men in formation, from Florida Catholic:  The men gathered in worship with their wives sang the closing hymn of Mass, “Let Us Build the City of God,” with much spiritual enthusiasm. For the men who have heard the call to the vocation of the diaconate, the song culminated a retreat [Read More...]


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