Some wonder why I post Nun News but so little on priests.
Probably because I’m a girl, but I do take a great interest in men’s vocations, too, and I pray for the Pope and every priest and deacon I know, every day, and for more priests, of course.
But here’s some priest/friar/brother/deacon stuff for you, starting with a Day in a Priest’s Life video courtesy of Deacon Greg:
Since losing out to Bill and Melinda Gates on a desirable plot of land, the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming (purveyors of Mystic Monk Coffee aka “liquid crack”) are still looking for an appropriate spot to begin building their ambitious Carmel. They haven’t updated their website, yet, but I received their newsletter, wherein they calculate that they will soon have 25 monks; they’ve begun building small, private hermitages, on palates, so they can eventually be moved.
Over in Oklahoma, meanwhile, the Benedictine Monks of Clear Creek priory have been re-designated as a self-governing Abbey. Lots of pictures here. Since October of 2009, they’ve celebrated four simple professions, a priestly ordination, two solemn professions and the installation of a new Abbot. And the building goes on.
Is the vocation shortage a myth? I have read that -worldwide- there are more Catholic seminarians than there were in 1961. I’ve always thought it incorrect to judge by the aberrant numbers of the mid-20th century, but I do think vocations are hobbled by all the noise that distracts our young people from that “small still voice.” Here we see 8 diaconate ordinations, last stop to priesthood.
What some seminarians are reading
Benedict Monks of Conception Abbey are counting blessings: “four new novices, one simple profession, one solemn vows.”
And then there is this:
UPDATE: Canonization Cause for first African-American priest advances
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: Novitiate Class 2010