Women With Down Syndrome Respond to God’s Call

Sisters with Down Syndrome

To offer oneself to God, in witness to the Gospel of Life.This is the mission of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, a contemplative order in France which opens its doors to women who feel a call to religious life, but who may be turned away from other orders because they have Down Syndrome.  The community depends on other sisters who do not have Down Syndrome, but who have committed to share their lives with these lovely, holy women.The community was founded in 1985 with the … [Read more...]

Another Ecumenical Gesture, This Time in Norway: Lutheran Cathedral Hosts Catholic Ordination

Nidaros Cathedral

For the first time since the Reformation, a man has been ordained to the Catholic priesthood in Norway's Nidaros Cathedral, which is built over the burial site of St. Olaf, Norway's patron saint. Built from 1070 to 1300, the Romanesque and Gothic Nidaros Cathedral is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world.  It was a Catholic cathedral until 1527, when it was taken over by the Lutheran Church during the Reformation. Bishop Bernt Ivar Eisvig, the Catholic bishop of Oslo, ordained … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Announces the Year for Consecrated Life

Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist

Pope Francis, speaking this morning to Superiors of religious orders from around the world, announced that the coming year will be dedicated to Consecrated Life. The occasion was the 82nd General Assembly of the Union of Superiors General, which is meeting in the Salesianum, a hotel and conference center in Rome, on November 27-29.  The Holy Father had been expected to speak for just a few minutes; instead, he chose to meet with the Superiors for three hours, engaging in a “long, coll … [Read more...]


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