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Papal Address to Seminary of Diocese of Rome

Last edited 21st February 2013

Over the weekend, Pope Benedict XVI told those preparing for the priesthood that their path to holiness also includes a commitment to their studies. The Holy Father gave an address at the Seminary of the Diocese of Rome, the Almo Collegio Capranica, for the feast of St. Agnes, patron of the college. He said that priestly formation requires integrity and asceticism, as well as "heroic constancy and fidelity."

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Pope Talks About Vocations During Sunday's Angelus

Last edited 16th January 2012

During his Sunday Angelus address on 15 January 2012, the Pope talked about vocations, focusing on the power of recognizing and following the voice of God: “And so, the call to follow Jesus more closely, to not form a family, but instead dedicate oneself to the family of the Church, usually comes from the testimony or the suggestion of a spiritual 'older brother,' who is often a priest.”

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Pope Stresses Spiritual Guidance in Discerning Religious Vocation

Last edited 15th January 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has emphasized need for good spiritual counsel for those who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. “I would like to emphasize the critical role of spiritual guidance in the journey of faith and, in particular, in response to the vocation of special consecration for the service of God and his people,” the Pope said during his Jan. 15 Sunday Angelus address.

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Sisters of Life Inspire Women to be Agents of Love

Last edited 16th December 2011

Over 300 women of all ages spent an afternoon deepening their faith and prayer life with the New York-based Sisters of Life at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus. The Women’s Afternoon Retreat included Mass, celebrated by Bishop Peter Comensoli, two seminars run by the Sisters and Adoration in St Benedict’s Church.

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The Beautiful Work and Vocation of the 'Sisters of Life'

Last edited 9th December 2011

The Sisters of Life is a contemplative/active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Conforming their lives to Christ, the Sisters take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and a fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life.

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Fr. Barron Comments on King David and the Spirituality of the Priesthood

Last edited 5th December 2011

What can the Biblical figure of Kind David, tell us about the spirituality of the Priesthood? Fr. Robert Barron reflects on the legacy of King David, and explores what God is showing us on the nature of the Priestly vocation, through David's example.

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U.S. Catholic Seminary 'Bursting at the Seams'

Last edited 2nd December 2011

In his first months as rector of Theological College in Washington, Father Phillip J. Brown has been confronting a problem that the national diocesan seminary for the U.S. Catholic Church "has not had for a long time" -- it is bursting at the seams. Enrolment is maxed out for the 2011-12 academic year at 90 seminarians! Visit this article to read this encouraging story...

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Sisters of Life Retreat Draws Crowds in Sydney

Last edited 2nd December 2011

News that four religious sisters from the US-based charism, the Sisters of Life, will run an afternoon retreat for women in Sydney, has met with an overwhelming response.

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Number of US Seminarians on the Rise

Last edited 30th November 2011

The number of seminarians in the United States has risen to 3,608--the highest number since the early 1990s--with some seminaries experiencing their highest enrollment in decades.

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Catholic Priests Should Look to the Virgin Mary this Advent

Last edited 29th November 2011

Catholic priests should ask the Virgin Mary for a heart able to “relive Christ’s coming” during Advent this year, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza said. The cardinal, who serves as prefect for the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy, said in his Nov. 27 Advent message to priests that Mary lived “constantly in prayerful vigilance.”

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