Monique Ocampo comes to Patheos Catholic

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Every once in a while we're happy to introduce readers to a new face with a developing voice, and so today it is a pleasure to make known to you Monique Ocampo, a young cradle-Catholic who has been freelancing, and staying very busy on Facebook, where I first read her.At that time, Monique was mentioning a vocational discernment, and because that's at topic of interest for many, it's one she will put some energy into exploring, here at Patheos. Look for future interviews with young men … [Read more...]

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A Chance to Make One More Charitable Donation before 2014 Ends!

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On January 1st, Sister Mary Magdalene of the Immaculate Conception, OP will be pronouncing solemn vows, promising to live out the rest of her life within the enclosure of her monastery in Summit, New Jersey.Sister writes of what that means to her, here.We are called “sister” as spiritual mothers, we have a duty or right to maternally care for the spiritual well-being of our spiritual children and the salvation of souls, particularly as contemplatives recommending them in prayer; to br … [Read more...]

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“Sisterhood” May be Reality-TV for Reality-TV Haters

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Maybe.When it was announced that Lifetime network would be airing a "reality" series chronicling five young women as they "discerned" whether or not they have religious vocations, I was as skeptical as Diana von Glahn, who felt pure dread at the prospect.More than dreading, I was a bit repulsed by the very idea. Having experienced my own vocational discernment as long-looking -- a process both serious and slow, and full of challenges to my own self -- the notion that five women being … [Read more...]

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Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP, comes to Patheos

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Amid all the layfolk, Patheos' Catholic Channel has enjoyed hosting the blogs of two fine priests, one deacon, and one cinema-savvy religious sister, who is more or less "shared" with the Entertainment group. Now, we are happy to add another sister -- unsurprisingly, a second Daughter of Saint Paul -- to the mix. We are happy to announce the arrival of Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, who brings her excellent blog, Pursued by Truth into our lineup!Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP is a former … [Read more...]

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2 Late (as in New) Entries to the Vocation Post – UPDATED

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Nothing is static. I recently posted my annual "Nun News Roundup" piece (which had helpful reader additions in the combox), but just a few days later -- on a great Marian Solemnity -- these two very Mary-connected communities welcomed newbies!I knew the Summit Dominicans were expecting a postulant in October (and more to come this year; that's why they desperately need to succeed in their building campaign), but not this early. Yesterday they welcomed Sister Emily, and decked her out in … [Read more...]

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Nun News: Autumn Vocation Roundup 2014 – UPDATED

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There has been "so much" Nun News this year that I have already posted not one, but two "mini-roundups" on the happenings concerning Catholic female religious.But on this Feastday of Saint Therese this is the big one -- I've been collecting information for months -- so settle in, and let's get to it. If you are unfamiliar with some terms, see this quick, helpful glossary. Go here for some perspective on habits and why some communities wear them while others do not.We must begin, as … [Read more...]

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Sisters Rescuing Women from Sex Trades

They are the Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries, and who looking at them could imagine that they have taken upon themselves -- as have so many great missionary sisters before them -- such difficult work, serving populations invisible to so many?Nuns reach out to sex workers in fight against prostitution in the Philippines:In a red-light district in Cebu, central Philippines, the taxi stopped when its passenger called out, “There, that girl,” pointing to one of the women standing in the lin … [Read more...]

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Nun News Mini-Roundup, Summer 2014

I do a full roundup of Nun News every autumn, usually around the Feast day of Saint Therese of Lisieux, and I am beginning to collect for that post now, but these pics are so neat, I thought I'd share them:The Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church have a new novice, and she is very cool:The Passionist Nuns of the Diocese of Owensboro added a second postulant to their young noviate this week.The Poor Clares of Bethlehem Monastery has clothed yet another novice and celebrated … [Read more...]

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A culture of priestly vocation on campus

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Dr. Timothy Muldoon is an award-winning author and Catholic theologian. He is a researcher in Catholic higher education in the Division of University Mission and Ministry at Boston College, and a frequent lecturer, speaker, and retreat leader in the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is also a contributing writer here at Patheos. He writes with some very heartening news as Boston College and CARA release a newly-commissioned study on College Experience and the Priesthood. For further … [Read more...]

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A Joyful Community of Intercessors Needs a Bit More Space – UPDATED

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All photos used with permission.In Rumer Godden's classic gem of a novel, In This House of Brede, a large cloistered community of English Benedictine nuns faces a pressing debt; one nun rather serenely says she will pray for the solution. "Like a child asking the bank manager for a bag of money to take home to Daddy?" a sharp-tongued sister asks in rebuke."Exactly. Exactly like that," says the first nun.Later, when the idea of selling of 7 of the community's 14 acres seems like the … [Read more...]

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