Just one young Catholic woman and 17 young Catholic men in Auckland are training to be able to profess their vows.
Young men and women in New Zealand are devoting their lives to the Church. We hear from some of them about their path ahead.
Talks from a recent retreat for men at all stages of discernment, organised by the Archdiocese of Sydney Vocations Office.
We live in a time saturated with images. An exhibition opening in England next week, after attracting attention in Germany and Italy. It consists of 50 portraits of Vincentian nuns from the Swabian convent of Untermarchtal, all photographed laughing. That may seem trivial. It isn’t.
"I knew God wanted me somewhere I just didn't know where. I had the material things but nothing really satisfied me. I had been overseas, seen a bit of the world. I thought at 25 that was a good time in my life to make a decision and I had to choose either the Priesthood or the job and I knew I wanted more than the job. I wanted to see families progress through life, I wanted to baptise children and then see those children get married I wanted to see the progression of life." Fr John Greig
Matthew Hodgson first felt a call to the priesthood after receiving the sacrament of reconciliation at the Youth Leaders Formation Course.
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles ordained three new auxiliary bishops on Thursday, including the prominent internet evangelist Father Robert Barron. The archbishop encouraged the new bishops to bring the joy of God’s love to their flock.
Sister Maris Stella tells the story of how she found her vocation with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville. Beforehand she had a comfortable life with many friends, was in college and had a boyfriend. But when she chose the religious life, she began the greatest adventure of her life. She shares how she was attracted to the genuine joy of the sisters in Nashville, and how giving her life to God in such a way is more than worth the sacrifice.
Father Mike Schmitz offers some clarity regarding God’s will in our lives. He directs us to the story of Israel’s desert wanderings in the Old Testament and the Annunciation to Mary in the Gospels, describing how even the tribes of Israel and Mary had to be content with the uncertainty of God’s will at times. Father Mike also teaches how we can discern God’s will even in the silence.
“What should I do with my life?” It’s a question on many hearts, maybe even our own. In this video, Father Mike Schmitz gives some direction that can lead to an answer for ourselves or someone we know. He shares how a vocation is more than just figuring out whether we’re called to married life or religious life, and it’s about more than just finding out what we like to do. As he breaks down three different types of vocation we all have, he draws a practical path we can follow to pursue holiness.
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