Grandma Nun and More Vocations – UPDATED

This time of year I generally put together a huge "Vocation Round-up" and give news of vows and clothings and entrances. Here we go. First, the Grandma Nun: When Sister Shirley Shafranek makes her final profession of vows as a Catholic nun Sunday morning, two of her grandchildren will be gift bearers at the Mass. The 59-year-old mother of three and grandmother of five will become the first grandmother ever to join the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin as a nun and the first mother since … [Read more...]

Dear St. Clare and her Daughters

Chiara Offreduccio (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253) When you have loved Jesus, You are chaste; when you have touched [Him], You become more pure; When you have accepted [Him], You are a virgin. Whose power is stronger, Whose generosity more abundant, Whose appearance more beautiful, Whose love more tender, Whose courtesy more gracious. In Whose embrace You are already caught up; Who has adorned Your breast with precious stones and has placed priceless pearls on Your ears and has surrounded … [Read more...]

aka Sister Maria Veritas

Some may remember watching a video, in the spring of 2010, in which a young Harvard grad named Mary Anne Marks -- of Queens, New York -- made an engaging and lively salutatory address in Latin at commencement. Miss Marks, who turned out to be one of Deacon Greg's parishioners, sat for an interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO before becoming a postulant with the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, trying her vocation in this fast-growing Dominican teaching … [Read more...]

New Drinks from the Mystic Monks! – UPDATE

Regular readers may recall that I have have ardently sung the praises of Mystic Monk Coffee for ever and ever -- or at least since the boys opened shop. The Carmelite Monks, based in Wyoming, are hoping to soon begin breaking ground for the building of one awesome monastery and church, and it's mostly being build on the basis of their incredible coffee. My day isn't right unless I've had a couple cups of Hermits Bold Blend in the morning or the Hazelnut or Royal Rum Pecan (or Espresso) after … [Read more...]

Sacramental Joy of the Priesthood and of Vows

Via New Advent, Msgr. Charles Pope gives a glimpse of the joy he finds in his priesthood, particularly in conferring sacraments among the faithful -- worshiping with them, communing with them, receiving them, anointing them. It is a look at one day in his life, an atypical one, surely, which also happened to include his own birthday celebration. His pleasure in all of it, his gratitude for the ability to confer these sacramental gifts, is evident in every word as he describes a day that brought … [Read more...]

Barron on Of Gods and Men

I wrote about the film here, and in the comments Manny pointed out that Fr. Robert Barron had written about the film and also talked about it in video. Well, a weekend after seeing the film, I am still haunted by its beauty and challenge. Barron, like me, is impressed with Brother Luc's statement that he is "a free man." And yeah, it's all about detachment -- the discipline that frees us. … [Read more...]

"Of Gods and Men" and John Corapi

The remarkable film Of Gods and Men is out on Netflix, and if you haven't seen it yet, I urge you to put it on your queue and move it to the top. It is one of the best films I seen in years -- gripping, moving, enlightening and insightful. I can't think of a film in recent memory that so truly and respectfully portrays the life of faith, the religious life, and most especially the value, use and meaning of liturgical prayer and the sacramental, Holy Mass -- how these enhance the life of faith, … [Read more...]

Holy Women & Everyday Hero Priests -UPDATE

"The Church gives thanks for all the manifestations of the feminine genius which have appeared in the course of history, in the midst of all peoples and nations; she gives thanks for all the charisms that the Holy Spirit distributes to women in the history of the People of God, for all the victories which she owes to their faith, hope, and charity: she gives thanks for all the fruits of feminine holiness (n. 31)."--- Blessed Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem Exciting … [Read more...]

Prayers for a First Profession – UPDATED

Sr. Rose Marie, the young Passionist nun who so charmingly invites people to pray about their vocations in this video will be making her first profession of vows tomorrow, with this very joyful community. Let's pray for her on the eve of her big day! My understanding is that Passionists take an additional vow -- one of enclosure -- and that they receive their ring at first profession rather than at final profession. It will be interesting to check the Passionist blog after the event and learn … [Read more...]

The Great, Holy Mr. Rogers

Oh, I needed to read this wonderful piece on Fred Rogers today! As for the agenda of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", it was deeply resonant with the agenda God offers us as co-creators of our life and world, and with the comfort of being held in good hands. First and always was the affirmation of unconditional love: "I like you just the way you are" is what every child heard from Fred every single day. That's a message any of us would welcome hearing ourselves. Some parents, however, … [Read more...]

Nun Soaps: New Face and Gift Soaps!

It has been a while since we've taken a look at what our nun pals are up to -- and they've been very busy; Dominicans traveling and partying; Passionists partying and building. Who knew the cloisters were so busy? Or so much fun? So, over in Summit, where the Dominican Nuns have perfected the art of soap and hand creme and lip balm making, they've come out with two new soap products: Our Cleansing Facial Soap has been in "test mode" for several months by our sisters! This soap is made with … [Read more...]

You don't want to miss these…

I know, I know, I said the Summablog would take the place of multi-link posts, but this time indulge me, because these are all things you will want to read and since they're all Patheos things, you know...old habits and such.... First up, On the battlefields and in the hospitals, soldiers on both sides of the Civil War owed their consolation, and sometimes their limbs or their very lives, to the that most exotic and mysterious of creatures: the Catholic Nun. Next, Tim Muldoon writes a … [Read more...]

Feast of Dear St. Philip Neri

Today is the memorial of my dear patron, teacher and friend, St. Philip Neri, whose chapel in Santa Maria in Vallicella (also called Chiesa Nuova) in Rome feels like a very natural and welcoming second home, for me -- where I was able to participate, daily, in the mass on my last visit. In her column, "A Word in Season" Pat Gohn takes a really wonderful look at this very great saint, whose "mission" was to the people of Rome; the churches and hospitals he built are still serving. The Oratory he … [Read more...]

"But You're So Happy!"

I love this story from Sr. Mary George, FSMG: I am a firm believer that children say some of the most heartfelt prayers that I know. So, I asked my 1st grade class on Thursday to do me an extra special favor. I explained to them that 23 sisters would be renewing their vows on Sunday and I would be one of them. Could they pray for us at Mass? They gave me many heartfelt assurances that they would do so and then immediately a plethora of hands went up into the air. What exactly are these vows? … [Read more...]