Why Yes, I Do Think Reforms of Annulment Process Are Needed – UPDATED

The thing I appreciate about hate mail is that, while it usually comes my way because someone on the internet is holding me up as an example of Bad Catholicism (with all of the attendant inaccuracies one finds when someone is making a sacrifice to the godling of snotty superiority), the hate mailer usually references something I'd written-and-forgotten, and usually just when I need to revisit the topic.So, then, the hate mail becomes a kind of gift. The Holy Spirit, after all, moves in … [Read more...]

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For the Reality of the Personal Vocation, Let us Pray!

We are all created for and called to a specific role; consider your calling by Russell Shaw In the prayer of the faithful said at Mass in my parish day after day we regularly ask God for “an increase of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.” Sometimes “lay ministry” gets added to the list.When we pray for these things, I’m happy to join in the response -- “Lord, hear our prayer” -- because I share the hope that they increase. At the same, though, I feel a twinge of regret. Not f … [Read more...]

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Nun News Late Summer Vocation Round-up – UPDATE

UPDATE: As we wait to discover the name of St. Joseph Monastery's newest Novice, (Sister Frances Marie of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus) here is a report from the Diocese of Fort Wayne, Indiana, where they witnessed the ancient rite of the Consecration of a Virgin.I usually do my big annual round-up in the Autumn, but they are piling up, so here goes:Do you recall, last year, reading here at Patheos a father's admission that "Sure, we need nuns, but not my daughter!". He chronicled … [Read more...]

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Of Christ, Monasticism and Radio Astronomy

[I stumbled upon this post in my archives, and upon re-reading it, realized that there is more to say, and that -- if my email is any indicator -- reposting this might be helpful for many. Originally from July 13, 2012 - ES]Alright, after a couple of politically-flavored posts, I'm going to have mercy on everyone and give you a gift for the weekend, and it comes to us in two parts via an excellent site within the Evangelical Portal, Good Letters, where guest contributor and writer/poet … [Read more...]

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Monique Ocampo comes to Patheos Catholic

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!

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

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

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

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

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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