Posts Tagged ‘Priestly vocations’

Parishes to share mobile priests

Thursday, August 4th, 2022
parishes and priests

Parishes and priests will have to be more flexible as change is inevitable, says the Bishop of Cork and Ross Fitan Gavin (pictured). He says there will have to be changes in how priests minister to parishes with more lay people taking on great responsibilities. Priests will share parishes, he says. Right now the Catholic Read more

A film director and a soccer player to be ordained by Pope

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Pope Francis will ordain nine deacons to the priesthood at St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, 25 April. Among those who are to be ordained are Samuel Piermarini, who gave up a promising football career and Riccardo Cendamo, a former film director. Read more Related Posts:Pope Francis gets a new toy70 new priests ordained in one Read more

Hong Kong Catholic Church recruits married men

Monday, December 11th, 2017

The Hong Kong Catholic Church will recruit more married men to reach out to the needy. The church is also encouraging more young people to join the priesthood. Read more Related Posts:Hong Kong bishop ‘hopes’ for women’s ordination ‘one day’Please protect people during China’s crackdownMissionary priest’s hunger strike protests Hong Kong…Tiananmen Square memorial Masses cancelled Read more

Six ordinations in 12 months signals positive new energy

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Six ordinations in a twelve-month period signals a positive new energy and life for the Catholic community of Westland, Canterbury and the Chatham Islands says the vocations director of the Christchurch diocese. On his website Food For Faith Fr John O’Connor was commenting on a feature in the Press about the recent ordinations in Christchurch. But Read more

God kept nagging me says NZ’s youngest priest

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Alister Castillo, 27, who is thought to be the youngest priest in New Zealand says God is a “nagger”. “It’s that very annoying nagging that’s kind of like when your parents are telling you to do the dishes, ” he told Castello, who describes himself as “a born and bred Cantabrian”, completed his secondary Read more

Traditional Catholicism is winning

Monday, April 16th, 2012

In his Holy Thursday homily at St. Peter’s Basilica on April 5, Pope Benedict XVI denounced calls from some Catholics for optional celibacy among priests and for women’s ordination. The pope said that “true renewal” comes only through the “joy of faith” and “radicalism of obedience.” And renewal is coming. After the 2002 scandal about Read more

National Seminary may be full in 2012

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The National Seminary in New Zealand could be at full capacity next year. The Auckland Catholic Newspaper, The New Zealand Catholic, reports that although indications for student numbers for 2012 are very good, some prospective seminarians are still working through the admissions process. Final numbers will be known only when seminarians actually arrive next year. The Read more

Survey: New priests getting younger

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2011 is trending younger with the average age for the 2011 class at 34, with more than half between the ages of 25 and 34. This is slightly younger than in 2010, and follows the trend over the past five years of new priests getting Read more