Posts Tagged ‘Vocation’

Some married men would become priests if asked Comments 0

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Some married men would become priests if they were invited to, a Belgian bishop told the Synod of Bishops on behalf of Belgium’s bishops’ conference. Bishop Jean Kockerols said the vocations of Christian marriage and “celibacy for the kingdom” of God “deserve to be equally promoted by the church.” Kockerols said Christians are expected to Read more

Answering a call Comments 0

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

When we read the Psalms we recognise a familiar pattern of prayer we can call “Bargaining with God.” In the ancient texts it goes something like this: “God, I praise you, I adore you, I worship you. Now will you please smite my enemies.” Our bargaining tends to be a slightly different: “God, sorry, I’ve Read more

Sister calls for men and women to be on deacon commission Comments 0

Friday, May 20th, 2016

A leading religious sister has called for men and women to be on the Pope’s future commission to study the issue of women deacons. Sr  Carmen Sammut, the president of the International Union of Superiors General (IUSG), also said sisters globally would be better equipped to carry out their work if they could become deacons. Read more

A woman of real worth: the intellectual life Comments 0

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Young women, are you contemplating next year’s plans? Perhaps finishing school and wondering about the next steps? Perhaps not quite sure you’re on the right track with your studies? Ready to get out of the workplace and into the books? Theology. Philosophy. I know you think I’m kidding. Who does that? Can you even get Read more

Taking a leap of faith into religious life Comments 0

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Young men and women in New Zealand are devoting their lives to the Church. We hear from some of them about their path ahead. Jane Maisey spent her twenties exploring, both physically and spiritually, looking at different religions and ways of being. But it wasn’t until the Christchurch earthquakes that she came back to the Read more

New generation nuns Comments 0

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Mechanical bulls, rock-climbing walls, bounce houses, go-karts: Before becoming a nun, Sister Virginia Joy helped insure them all. “I was a go-between between the underwriters and the customers,” said Sister Virginia Joy, a former high school soccer star from South Carolina now wearing a habit of white and navy blue. She was fighting Midtown Manhattan Read more

Out for a stroll – sharing the big questions Comments 0

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Last Saturday the Young Church Ministries in the Wellington Archdiocese ran a programme called SEEK 2015. A group of young adults joined with Cardinal John Dew, Diocesan and Marist priests, seminarians, Sisters of Compassion, Marist Brothers, married couples and their families and consecrated singles from around the archdiocese of Wellington at the Home of Compassion, Island Read more

US Catholics see rise in number of future priests Comments 1

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

Pope tells nuns: Be mothers not spinsters Comments 3

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Pope Francis has told leaders of women’s religious orders that their vocation — to be spiritual “mothers not spinsters” — can be fulfilled only in harmony with the faith and teachings of the Church. “Your vocation is a fundamental charism for the Church’s journey and it isn’t possible that a consecrated woman or man might Read more

Becoming a priest at an unpopular time Comments 3

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

When I first started reporting for my story “Resurrection,” I was hoping to understand what seemed like a straightforward question: Who wants to become a priest in 2012? After all, a man who decides to become a priest is choosing a profession at a time when its public reputation has never been lower. Fifty years Read more