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Christ Week at Sydney University was the Spark Leading to Sr. Mary Michael's Vocation
Last edited 26th October 2014

Simone Smith, originally from the Blue Mountains, is now known as Sr Mary Michael of the Cross after making her first profession of vows on September 14 in Hobart. Sr Mary Michael of the Cross is one of five women in a new community of religious sisters called the Sisters of the Immaculata, which Archbishop Julian Porteous has made a public association of Christ's faithful within the Archdiocese of Hobart.

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How a Reproductive Health Pioneer Became an 'Instant Convert' Reading Humanae Vitae
Last edited 23rd October 2014

As founders of an institute studying reproductive healthcare, Thomas and Susan Hilgers have seen the benefits that natural family planning can offer in the realms of health, sexuality and human relationships.

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40 Hours of Prayer for Vocations in Sydney Starts Tonight!
Last edited 14th October 2014

Catholics of all ages from around Sydney are expected to participate in this year's 40 Hours for Vocations at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Homebush. Now in its fouth year of what has become an annual tradition, the prayer-filled weekend involves 40 Hours of Adoration to pray for all men and women discerning vocations to marriage, the priesthood or religious life.

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I Never Want to be a Priest.
Last edited 6th October 2014

“Do you want to be a priest” isn’t just a question that was asked because I was woman studying theology. I think it comes from a deeper place, I think people are genuinely curious why the Catholic Church teaches that the priesthood is reserved to men. And let’s be honest, some people aren’t just curious about it, they are angry about it.


Year of Consecrated Life Events to Help Laity Learn More About Religious
Last edited 1st October 2014

In an effort to help lay Catholics gain a deeper understanding of religious life, priests, brothers and women religious intend to open their convents, monasteries, abbeys and religious houses to the public one day next February.

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Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia Delighted at Appointment of Fellow Dominican as Sydney's Next Archbishop
Last edited 24th September 2014

The Sydney-based community of the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia of Nashville are delighted at Holy Father Pope Francis' appointment of Bishop Anthony Fisher OP as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney.

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Service! The Vocation of a Deacon
Last edited 23rd September 2014

The vocation of a Deacon is one of service. Watch this video for some inspirational footage of an ordination to the diaconate, as we reflect on the beauty of this vocation.


Albanian Priest Waited Decades for Ordination
Last edited 22nd September 2014

An Albanian Catholic priest shared his story of encountering persecution for his faith by the country's repressive state atheism, noting how he waited decades before his dream to be ordained was fulfilled.

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Ordination of Man Facing Death 'Reflects Pascal Mystery,' says Bishop
Last edited 11th September 2014

As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: "Where is Bishop Choby?" "When will he get here?" And finally: "How many more hours until he ordains me?"

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Seriously Ill Seminarian Ordained on His Hospital Bed
Last edited 15th September 2014

William Carmona Lopez was ordained a deacon and priest by Bishop David R. Choby of Nashville on Monday, September 8, 2014 at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Northwest. This was an extraordinary moment of Grace for all present as Father Carmona continued to struggle with his serious illness and was ordained as he laid in his hospital bed surrounded by priests, seminarians, and many friends. William died only 2 days later.

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