Posts Tagged ‘Formation’

Australia’s Plenary Council votes yes for Women Deacons

Monday, July 11th, 2022

Australia’s fifth plenary council (PC) finished on a united note on the final day of voting last Friday. The PC’s final acts will now be compiled and sent to Rome for ratification. PC vice president Bishop Shane Mackinlay says he believes “in time we will look back on this as an extremely significant event in Read more

New relationship between laity and clergy needed: Cardinal

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

One of Pope Francis’s top advisers says a new relationship between lay people and clergy is needed in the Church’s institutions and organisations. German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, a member of the Pope’s council of cardinals, spoke at a conference in Dublin, Ireland. The cardinal later told CNS, “When you see the institutions and the organisation Read more

Worship prefect slams priests on marriage teaching

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship has said he feels wounded at incomprehension by some priests of the Church’s teaching on marriage. Cardinal Robert Sarah told French Catholic magazine “L’Homme Nouveau” he ascribed this to “the insufficiency of the formation of my confreres”. “And insofar as I am responsible for the discipline of Read more

Inter-congregational ministry and formation for US sisters

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Inter-congregational ministries and formation were among the topics explored at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious 2015 assembly. Former executive director Sr Janet Mock emphasised the need for inter-congregational ministries. The St Joseph Sister said there could be no “superstars” in religious life. Sr Mock discussed the need for current leadership to ensure that younger Read more

Pope warns against accepting unbalanced people into orders

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Pope Francis has warned religious orders against letting low numbers of new vocations influence whom they accept into religious life. The Pope was speaking to a conference of religious formation directors in Rome on Saturday. He told the 1200 directors that they must be “gravely attentive” to those they are guiding. This is so that Read more

US Catholic local leaders go to Amazing Parish conference

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Some 500 Catholic leaders and their pastors from across the United States met recently at the first-ever Amazing Parish conference. Held in Denver late last month, the aim was to brainstorm and swap ideas about improving parish life, the Catholic News Agency reported. The newly-founded Amazing Parish movement seeks to provide a one-stop shop for Read more

Oceania seminary rectors’ meeting in Guam

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Representatives from sixteen seminaries in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, and Guam have been meeting at The Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary of Guam for their annual Oceania Seminary Rectors’ Meeting. “What we have in common is the Pacific, the ocean. I think it is great that we can share a Read more