Vocations flowering

It’s been happening for a while, but increasingly we’re seeing religious communities, particularly those which keep Jesus within the Eucharist as their focus, increase in numbers, even as the more progressive orders are fading.

At St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County, California (OC, for pete’s sake!) The Norbertine Fathers are looking for more space because they are turning young men away from their prayerful place for lack of room. (The picture of the rose, btw, is from their photo gallery).

I thought as we begin Lent it might be good to take a look at communities which are flourishing in what JPII called this “Springtime…”

A friend in touch with some of the nuns at Our Lady of the Incredible Candy – oops – Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey reports that they are raising money to expand for they are out of room!

The Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration have no more rooms and are recommending young women to other houses.

The Benedictines at St. Walburga’s Abbey have added three more postulants to the novitiate.

The Benedictines of Perpetual Adoration have a novice and another coming!

The Nashville Dominicans report they have more Sisters than ever in their 142-year history – median age is 36.

Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist haven’t finished building their new motherhouse yet and are already almost out of room. They’re young’uns too.

Carmelites of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Los Angeles, a large and thriving community.

Sr. Greta is a few months in the cloister but not expecting to be alone in the novitiate for long.

Bro. Lew (another Dominican) seems pretty happy.

Cistercian Women filling up a house.

Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist

Fairly new Benedictines in Vermont.

Franciscan Sisters, TOR

Alton Franciscans.

The Fathers of Mercy.

Poor Clares in Bethlehem

Cistercian Nuns.

The Monks of Clear Creek Monastery

5 young men move forward at Conception Abbey.

Monastery of the Holy Spirit

St. Vincent Abbey

Daughters of St. Paul.

The Sisters of Life are young and growing, founded by the great Cardinal O’ Connor.

A really attractive “Benedictine Family” site.

From Catholic to Muslim to Monk.

CSM examines the New Fervor Among Young Italian Catholics. h/t Vatican Watcher.

Common to all of these sites – an overriding sense of joy!

I read somewhere that there are currently more seminarians training to be priests, worldwide, than there were in 1961. They’re predominantly in Asia and Africa, because the West is becoming Mission Country! :-)

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  • PeggyR

    Wow. I am very impressed with the priest who returned from being a muslim. It doesnt happen often enough, but it does. Let us pray for all those who have left the church, particularly those who have turned to the easy answers and quick fixes of islam.

    I was tempted once to convert to islam, but instead, thank God, God intervened in an amazing way and put my doubts about Christ and the Church to rest and helped me to see through the arguments of islam.

    I hope that this priest will someday be called to go into greater detail and depth about the overthrow of islam in his life and to relate the intellectual underpinnings of his return to Christ. There are many cradle catholics who have converted or are tempted to that would benefit from his insights.

  • Ellen

    The Fathers of Mercy are right down the road from me and I go there for Mass and Holy Hour whenever I can.

  • http://www.marchhareshouse.blogspot.com March Hare

    Did you know that the U.S. was considered a Mission Country until 1925? The order of Sisters that taught at my grammar school (Sisters of the Holy Infant Jesus) were a missionary order. They only had three schools in the U.S. (all in the Bay Area). Their primary focus was “Indochina” and Malaysia, with outposts in Australia. The Mother House was in France, with the novitiate in Ireland.
    They are still around and still doing mission work, according to their website.

  • Bob March

    A friend of mine from elementary school entered St. Michael’s in Orange County back in the 60′s — he went into the Norbertine high school there, and straight into the priesthood and basically never looked back. I’ve heard from him every Christmas since then, and we’re finally going to get together again for a visit sometime this spring.

    Having been a priest all through the long “winter”, in a place that remained true to the faith, he’ll have some stories to tell, I’ll bet!

  • karen

    I love these posts, A. The Benedictines in Westfield live right across from Lyle :).
    Sacred Heart Schools in Newport, VT was a mission from France- the first of 10 throughout the world- Sisters of Mercy, I think; and just celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary.

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