Fr. Michael de Stoop is a regular podcasting Priest on Xt3. Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Sydney, as well as parish priest at St Benedict's Church, Broadway, 38-year-old Fr Michael loves his work as a diocesan priest and says he was blessed having some wonderful role models and inspirations as a child that instilled him with a love of God and set him on a path to the priesthood. On Wednesday 8 June 2011, Fr. Michael celebrates his 10-year anniversary to the Priesthood!
On June 29th, the Pope will celebrate his 60th anniversary as an ordained priest. To join in on the celebration, the Congregation for the Clergy has invited Catholics from all over the world to offer 60 hours of Eucharistic adoration in honor of the clergy and priestly vocations.
In addition to his general prayer intention for Priests, this month the Holy Father is asking Catholics everywhere to pray: That the Holy Spirit may bring forth from our communities many missionaries who are ready to be fully consecrated to spreading the Kingdom of God. Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Benedict's mission intention for June 2011 in this video.
This month, the Holy Father has asked Catholics everywhere to pray: That priests, united to the Heart of Christ, may always be true witnesses to the caring and merciful love of God. Fr. Kubicki reflects on Pope Benedict's general prayer intention for June 2011 in this video.
Watch this video to view a fly on the wall documentary about the life of a Catholic Priest in Australia.
One of the many highlights of World Youth Day, is a Mass which will be celebrated by the Holy Father himself, on August 20st in Madrid. Seminarians or those who think they may have a calling to the priesthood, can attend this Mass. But first, they must be accredited. Watch this video to find out how!
You could be forgiven for thinking this time one week ago five soon-to-be ordained young men may have been feeling a little nervous. Not so. They were certain of the path they had chosen and were keen to get on with it. For one of the young men, the youngest by five years, it was a path he chose while still at school. In fact Fr Greg Morgan, 24, admits he "bullied Cardinal Pell" into accepting him into the seminary. Visit this article to read about the incredible journey to the Priesthood undertaken by Sydney's 5 newest Priests!
Inside the Catholic Church exists a number of religious organizations made up of men and women who have taken the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. This includes groups such as the Jesuits and the Franciscans whose members number into the thousands. The leaders of these different orders recently gathered to discuss the challenges they face in the modern world. Watch this video for more.
Bishop Javier Echevarría, the prelate of Opus Dei, has ordained 35 new priests at the Basilica of St. Eugene in Rome. The newly ordained are from Italy, Spain, Holland, Singapore, Argentina, Colombia, Nigeria, the United States, France, Austria, Brazil, Mexico, El Salvador, Poland and Uganda.
Fr. Robert Barron is celebrating his 25th anniversary as a Priest. In this video, Fr. Barron talks about the joys, as well as the troubles, of the Priesthood, and shares his thoughts on the privilege of having this vocation in this day and age.
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