The number of women entering religious orders in England and Wales has reached a 25-year high, according to new figures. Forty-five women chose to pursue their vocations last year, the highest number since the 1980s.
Well-formed vocations are more important than numerous vocations Pope Francis said in address to religious formators on Saturday at the Vatican. “There is not a vocations crisis where there are consecrated people able to transmit the beauty of consecration with their own witness,” the pontiff said, according to Vatican Radio's translation.
When Sister Mary Clementina entered the convent in January 1968, she was 17 and had just finished school. She even remembers the exact time: four o'clock in the afternoon. She never regretted the decision: "And from that year until now I've never gone back home. I'm now 64 years old. I joined at 17 years. And then now I've alredy celebrated my 25 years. I'm waiting to celebrate 50 years as a religious.”
When visitors enter the Jamberoo Abbey church, located in southern New South Wales, the first thing to strike them is the stunning backdrop of full-length glass windows behind the altar and tabernacle, bringing the beauty of God’s creation right into the heart of the church and allowing all who worship there to turn their prayer outward, for the world. The impact of the windows is no accident, according to the Abbey’s guest mistress, Sister Therese, but is an integral part of the church’s original design. “We are Benedictines and our work is to pray, so we pray for the world,” she says.
Jacob Saal is a Seminarian for the Diocese of Toowoomba in Australia! In this video Jacob shares the story of his call which lead him on the path towards becoming a Priest. What a great reminder to pray for all our young priests and for those on the path to ordination.
U.S. Catholics are being encouraged to get to know local religious communities, as a new study offers insight into the potential impact of vocational programs, Catholic schools, and encouragement in discerning.
Rob Galea is a singer-songwriter, a global performer, a youth advocate... and a Catholic priest! A year in the making, this is a documentary about Fr Rob Galea's ministry in the fourth year of his Catholic priesthood. What an extraordinary example of using one's gifts and talents to serve God.
The Year of Consecrated Life is being celebrated throughout the world from 30 November 2014 until 2 February 2016. In this video by Catholic News Service, young religious discuss their hopes for the Year of Consecrated Life.
This special feature 'Called to the Collar' is a powerful presentation about those that are called to the priesthood. It was shown on the CNN as part of the program "This Is Life, with Lisa Ling."
Greed doesn’t sum up the priesthood. Sexism doesn’t sum up the priesthood. Abuse doesn’t sum up the priesthood. One word sums up the priesthood: Love. Not the flawed love of human beings - but the Love that created space and time, hung on a cross, rose from the dead, promised that he’d never leave us, and who reaches out to the world today, through the hands of his priests.
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