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Pope Francis to Franciscans: You Are Called to Be “Little Before God”
Last edited 26th May 2015

Pope Francis received an enthusiastic welcome from Franciscans taking part in the General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor when he met with them at the Vatican. In his address, he focused on the two main elements of the Franciscan vocation: "minority” and "fraternity.” They are called to be "little before God,” said the Pope.

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Can Our Guardian Angel Help Discern God’s Will?
Last edited 26th May 2015

Discerning the will of God can often be a hard and laborious undertaking. However, one source for inspiration that we often overlook is our guardian angel. The English word “angel” comes from the Latin angelus, meaning “messenger of God.” The Latin stems from Greek angelos, which is a translation of the Hebrew mal'akh, meaning “messenger.”

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'Little' Friars Credit Vocation Boom to Pope's Name
Last edited 26th May 2015

Gathered in Rome for their general chapter meeting, members of the Order of Friars Minor – better known as Franciscans – said that while vocations in general have been down in recent years, numbers have begun to rise again after Pope Francis’ election.

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Want More Religious Vocations? Improve Your Family Life
Last edited 18th May 2015

As the Church brings the needs of the family to the forefront with the upcoming Synod this fall, one Dominican sister says it is no surprise that Pope Francis should also dedicate this year to the consecrated life.

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Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life
Last edited 15th May 2015

In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, Religious from five different congregations in Ireland share how they discerned the call to their vocation.

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Calling the Chosen: A Q&A with a Vocations Director
Last edited 14th May 2015

I had the chance recently sit down with a great friend and mentor of mine, Father Joseph Fitzgerald. He’s an amazing priest, former national champion football player, and former U.S. Olympic Handball player. He serves as the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, on Long Island, NY. Here are some of his insights on being a Vocations Director.

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2015
Last edited 29th April 2015

The fourth Sunday of Easter is Good Shepherd Sunday, and this year it fell on 26 April 2015. It is also the annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations! Prayer is an essential ingredient for vocations. Pope Francis once said that behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone... vocations are born in prayer and from prayer, and only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit. Watch this video reflection for more.

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Pope Francis to New Priests: Don’t Be a Peacock
Last edited 26th April 2015

Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s.

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Women Entering Religious Life in UK at 25-Year High
Last edited 23rd April 2015

The number of women entering religious orders in England and Wales has reached a 25-year high, according to new figures. Forty-five women chose to pursue their vocations last year, the highest number since the 1980s.

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Pope Francis: Vocations are About Quality, Not Quantity
Last edited 14th April 2015

Well-formed vocations are more important than numerous vocations Pope Francis said in address to religious formators on Saturday at the Vatican. “There is not a vocations crisis where there are consecrated people able to transmit the beauty of consecration with their own witness,” the pontiff said, according to Vatican Radio's translation.

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