The Priestly Day – UPDATED

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

The Benedictine Monks of St. Vincent Archabbey are looking for help in restoring some lovely old vestments. They also feature a cool video

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

The Stuff Priests are Made of
The Past is Prologue

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  • Marc Puckett

    “On palates”? I think your Lenten austerities are perhaps becoming a bit much….

    [They're not my Lenten austerities. The monks have built individual hermitages, but they are built on palates (or skifs) so they can be moved, later, when they find their land. Please reread! -admin]

  • MaxedOutMama

    I don’t think the vocation shortage is a myth in the more “lightened up” churches and religious communities.

    But the orthodox churches and communities don’t seem to be seeing that much of a vocation shortage – some of them are growing very rapidly. Not just in the Catholic denominations – the Greek Orthodox church is gaining, and those folks don’t mess around! I think Jewish conservative and orthodox temples are growing also.

    The nun who gave the talk at the US conference for religious women (the post-Christian talk that spawned the Vatican visits) made a reference to this when she was talking about how religious communities could go forward. Deprecatingly, but she did admit it.

    When it comes down to it, why should anyone sacrifice their life, their self-esteem or their ability to “fit in” for the no-sin, no-fear, God Loves You Unconditionally, Be Happy pablum? It doesn’t make sense, and people do know that inside even if they don’t want to admit it.

  • MaxedOutMama

    Anchoress, it is a pallet or a skid. We can tell that you do not hang out in warehouses.

  • Marc Puckett

    Yes, ha, that was my point, too… an unfamiliar spelling of ‘pallet’… but we all know what was meant.

    (And, by the way, yours is one of the few sites at which I do re-read: many thanks!)

    [Ah. I was unsure of the spelling. My spellchecker didn't go off. -admin]

  • TeaPot562

    I’ll try to resist the temptation to visualize shelters built on the roof of the mouth of a very large animal. OOPS! I fell!

  • Fr. David Streit, SVD

    I would like to e-mail you on a topic that doesn’t fit a comment box, but I don’t see an e-mail address on your blog. Or am I just not looking in the right spot?

    [Look to the righthand sidebar. -admin]

  • Bender

    Here in the Arlington Diocese, we will joyously be ordaining three priests on June 10, including our own parish’s Transitional Deacon Mick Kelly. Including those three, we have 36 good men in formation (note – the parish placements are out-of-date) (pdf poster here.

    If I read the chart right, we will ordain only two next year, but then a whopping seven priests the year after that! And many of our newborn priests are trained in Rome.

  • Rick

    I’ve been reading this blog for a while. You’re not a girl, you’re a woman, female yes, but definately not a girl.

    [I'm a girl, no matter what my arthritic knees say. -admin]

  • Bender’s Cheerleader

    Nothing wrong with calling herself a girl:-) Me and my gf’s say that all the time and we’re all about the same age as Anchoress.

  • Renee P

    “To be a priest, it’s not natural; it’s supernatural”.

    Fishers of Men

  • Bender

    Hey, a chick as cool as the Anchoress can call herself whatever she wants.

  • Bender

    Just so we’re clear — my Cheerleader, who knows that I love her, is a cool chick too.

  • Manny L.

    Great videos. I enjoyed them both. I like the hockey jersey touch in the Day in the Life video. :)

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  • MaxedOutMama

    Not only is the Anchoress a girl, she is a girly girl.
    A girly Catholic girl.

    Nothing wrong with it as long as the Anchoress is prepared to be an adult about it, which she is. After all, it is Catholic doctrine that gender is part of creation. That is something of a relief to us girls who have been told that gender is a societal construct for so long, when we know in our hearts that it is not.

  • Sal

    About six years or so ago, some of the Clear Creek monks lived in tiny shed/cells dotted about the lawn around the main building. The church was a converted steel barn.
    They have a good little DVD about their vocation that they sent out to contributors.

    Everyone who got monk coffee for Christmas loved it…