Posts Tagged ‘Seminarians’

Eight new diocesan seminarians this year

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Eight new first year seminarians at Holy Cross Seminary make for a diverse group, reflecting the increasingly multi-cultural nature of the Church in New Zealand. But although there might be seven different ethnicities represented, most of them are young, aged in their twenties. Continue reading Related Posts:Seminaries commit to meeting sexual misconduct benchmarksRigid priests are Read more

New seminary rector can play a straight bat

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The newly appointed Rector of Holy Cross Seminary in Auckland will bring a breadth of experience with him when he takes up his task next year, including a stint playing first class cricket in New Zealand and in England. Fr Brendan Ward is a priest of the Dunedin Diocese and has been ministering in parishes Read more

The beauty of breastfeeding

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

“Do you mind if I feed Jonathan?” my sister-in-law asked me as she threw an oversized blanket over her shoulder – but the question she was posing to me wasn’t really “if,” it was “where.” My sister-in-law was gauging whether or not I was comfortable with her breastfeeding my 3-month-old nephew around me in her Read more

US Catholics see rise in number of future priests

Friday, September 27th, 2013

A report said the Catholic Church in the United States is seeing a growing number of men enrolled in graduate level seminaries. Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate noted that this year’s tally of 3,694 graduate theology students represents a 16 percent increase since 1995 and a 10 percent jump since 2005. Read more

Seminary numbers on the rise in Ireland

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The number of aspiring priests in Ireland is finally on the rise with 20 students enrolling to be clerics when the new college year begins next month. Maynooth College in County Kildare will admit the wannabe priests in September as 37,500 students begin third level education in Ireland. The college will welcome 20 clerical students Read more

Captivating weekend marks “On a Mission” book launch; tracing lives of 22 former Marist seminarians

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Chanel Houlahan reads from his chapter in "On a Mission"

More than 200 people gathered in Wellington on the weekend marking the launch of On a Mission, a book, tracing the lives of 22 former Marist seminarians. A weekend chocker of catchups, re-introductions and lots of stories, for old mates, some who had not seen each other for 30 years or more focused around Friday Read more

Seminary enrolments rise in Australia and US

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Seminary enrolments in Australia and the United States are rising, in spite of the sex abuse and other scandals that have plagued the Catholic Church in recent years. In Australia, the seminary intake has risen from about 235 a year in 2007 to 350 in 2012. The rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in Queensland, Monsignor Read more

Military conscription in Eritrea cripples Church

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Military conscription in Eritrea that forces seminarians and Church workers into long periods of army service is “bleeding the Church in Eritrea to death”, according to a Catholic charity. The communist government of the north-east African state, which does not set a fixed period for military service, has kept Church workers and seminarians in the Read more

England and Wales’ Seminaries at highest level in 20 years

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

In 2001 there were only 26 seminarians in England and Wales. Things are now changing. With more than 200 seminarians, the England and Wales Bishops’ Conference has confirmed the number of men training for the priesthood in England and Wales is at its highest level for nearly twenty years. This is the first time seminaries Read more

Priests: commitment to God, service and exemplary life

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Monday evening in the Vatican Basilica, Pope Benedict presided at Vespers for the opening of the academic year in pontifical universities. His homily focused on priestly ministry. The Pope then went on to identify three preconditions for a priest’s life to ensure its conformity to Christ: “the aspiration to collaborate with Jesus in spreading the Read more