Listen to the incredible stories of Sister Rose Mary Esseff and Fr. Mario Ortega, two religious from different communities, who share their vocation stories in this video.
To mark the feast of the Presentation last week, which is also the World Day of Consecrated Life, the archbishop of Bologna, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, explained what this consecration means.
600 religious brothers and sisters, from various communities and movements, took part in a mega flashmob in front of Notre Dame in Paris to promote vocations!
What exactly is a "vocation"? Take a look at this short animation that explores the definitions of vocation.
According to the Catholic Church, for the first time in recent history, the number of religious priests has increased. They make up one third of the total number of priests. They dedicate their work to the needs of a religious order or a congregation. In 2010 there were 135,227, which shows an increase of more than 176 priests when compared to 2009.
Finding a good teacher, even if he is not in one's own university or one's own time, even if he is not really a professional "teacher," is a great blessing. He can lead us to things that we otherwise would not have known or encountered.
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."
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.”
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.
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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