Ever wondered what it was like ot be a nun? Watch this video and here from some sisters as they talk about their daily lives.
Have you ever wondered what priests think about being a priest? Take a look at this video and find out!
Imagine a nun going undercover, walking the streets at night rescuing women and children caught in the world of human trafficking. This is what the Immaculate Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries do every day in the Philippines! “We try to become friends (with the prostitutes) so they open up to us,” said Sister Irene Baquiran, a founding member of the order.
This is the youngest bishop in Spain and the eighth youngest in the world. Monsignor Xavier Novell is only 41 years old. Before becoming a priest, he was an agricultural engineer and a passionate admirer of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
For several of the cloistered Carmelite Sisters at Mount Carmel Convent, their life of prayer began in their families, when they were children. In an interview with Catholic News Service, several of the sisters talked about the path that led them to continuous prayer each day. Visit this article to hear their stories!
The increase in the number of men determined to become priests opens many new challenges. The main one is how to prepare them for their vocation, a task for the Bishop of each diocese and the directors of the seminaries. The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross is trying to help these directors of our future Priests, and has created a specialized center to help "train the trainers."
Ukrainian seminaries are having to turn away up to half of the young men seeking to become priests due to a lack of space. Bishop Jaroslav Pryriz reported to Aid to the Church in Need that in some places, there are three candidates vying for every place in the seminary. He stated that many young men are attracted to the priesthood because of the examples they see of living a challenging vocation: "When they see good priests, and when they see the Church living out the social gospel, it inspires them."
In 1941, a 20-year-old Karol Wojtyla was working at a stone quarry after the government closed Jagiellonian University where he studied philosophy. He returned from work on Feb. 18 to find that his father, also named Karol, had died of a heart attack. His sister had died before his birth, his mother died when he was a young boy and his older brother also lost his life six years earlier to scarlet fever. He was alone. “And this,” explained Gian Franco Svidercoschi, a close friend of JPII, “brought about a change, or perhaps it pushed him harder toward that which he already felt inside, that is, to become a priest.”
There are currently around 800,000 consecrated religious worldwide. Each of these religious have decided to give up everything and dedicate themselves to God - but each would have come to this decision for very different and personal reasons. Watch this video to listen to the stories from 3 very different women, who have chosen the religious life.
Pope Benedict XVI is underlining the necessity for every member of the Church to promote religious vocations. This was one of the points emphasized by the Pope in a message for the 48th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which will be celebrated May 15 on the theme of "Proposing Vocations in the Local Church."
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