The U.S. bishops conference announced that the Church across the country will recognize and bring awareness to consecrated vocations during a special week in January. The National Vocation Awareness Week will start on Jan. 9, the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, which marks the beginning of Jesus' public ministry.
The single life may seem like the "last resort" - the state where anyone ends up who doesn't feel called to the priesthood or religious life and who can't find a suitable spouse for marriage. But the single life is just as much a vocation, a divine call, as any of the other states. The Church needs lay Catholics who work in the world, but who can dedicate themselves to their work and the spread of the Gospel, without having to worry about supporting a family. So God calls certain people to the single life in the world.
On Dec. 18, the city of Parana will witness a record-breaking event: The twin priests Father César and Father Raúl Molaro will celebrate together their 50 years in the priesthood. The theme for the celebration is: "100 Years in the Priesthood, Saviors With Jesus."
Since last October, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza has worked as Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, which is a key office at the Vatican assisting priests in their formation and pastoral ministry. "What I intend, with God's help, is to be transparent to God's action and also to the Pope. The Pope takes care of the priests through the Congregation for the Clergy, therefore, I will take much care in the unity with the Holy Father."
Greg Morgan admits he is "awestruck" and just "a little nervous" about the upcoming Ritual Mass when he and two other members of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd will be ordained as deacons by the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell. Read more about Australia's youngest Deacon in this article...
In the new book 'Light of the World', Pope Benedict XVI strongly reaffirmed Church teaching about homosexual acts and said homosexuality itself is “incompatible” with the priesthood. The Holy Father emphasised that the Church needs to hold firm on this point, “even if it is not pleasing to our age.”
Benedict XVI received various superior generals of the main religious orders who have gathered in Rome to discuss the challenges of religious life in the West. The Pope said that despite the declining number of priests, the Church will never cease to have consecrated people because this life has its origin in God.
A new movie will show the life of John Henry Newman who was beatified in the Pope's recent visit to Great Britain in September.
On Wednesday this week, Pope Benedict XVI focused on the life of St. Catherine of Siena, saying that although the 14th century mystic was “aware of the human failings of the clergy,” she had the “greatest reverence” for them. Read more in this article!
The Archdiocese of Sydney held a Vocation Discernment Weekend in November 2010, and again in April 2011, at The Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Homebush. Listen to the talks in this podcast!
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