Born in France in 1572, St Jane Frances de Chantal was born into aristocracy, her father being the president of the Parliament of Burgundy. She was married in 1592 to Baron de Chantal and had 4 children, and was widowed by the age of 28. After taking a personal vow of chastity, she met Saint Francis de Sales and became his spiritual student. On Trinity Sunday, 6 June 1610 she founded the Order of the Visitation of Our Lady at Annecy, France, designed for widows and lay women who did not wish the full life of the orders.
An Evangelical Protestant attorney couldn't make that promise to her mother when she announced that she was studying to become a Catholic. And now, she could end up spending her life in a cloister. Visit this article for her amazing story!
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had hoped to leave the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to become Cardinal archivist and librarian at the Vatican Secret Archives... However God had other plans for the now Pope Benedict XVI!
August 4th is the feast of St John Vianney, who in 2009 was named the Patron Saint of all Priests. On his feast day, let us pray for all Priests everywhere in the world.
On Sunday 4 July 2010, two Ugandan Deacons were ordained as Catholic Priests for the Archdiocese of Kampala. Frs. John Ssemaganda and Simon Kitimbo completed their theological studies at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Sydney, Australia. They will return to Australia for a few years of pastoral work before returning to their native country.
Two former seminarians from the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Sydney have been ordained at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Kampala (Uganda) by Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala. Deacons John Ssemaganda (29) and Simon Kitimbo (29) returned to their home diocese (Kampala) for their ordination ceremony which took place on Sunday 4 July.
One of Hong Kong's four new permanent deacons says his vocation is linked to Pope John Paul II, and particularly to the Pontiff's death. Deacon Stephen Kwok Ping-fai was one of four to be ordained July 24 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Hong Kong.
The theology of the body is often seen as something for married couples, but many clergy and religious are finding renewal in their celibate vocations through John Paul II's teachings!
The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Cardinal Ivan Dias, and secretary of the Congregation, Archbishop Robert Sarah, have written a letter to the priests of China.
Even though the 'Year for Priests' has ended, Xt3 will continue to put up interviews with Priests who have done amazing things around the world. Fr Matt Digges is the Administrator Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Broome, which is a remote community in outback Australia, with a predominantly Aboriginal population. As Fr Matt celebrates Mass in Broome, rather than English, he sometimes uses Kukatja, one of two Aboriginal languages. Read more in this article!
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