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Seek, Share God's Mercy with the Lost & Unwanted, Pope tells Priests

Last edited 16th June 2015

Pope Francis told priests to seek the lost, serve the unwanted and share God's unconditional love.

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These Monks are Convinced: Gregorian Chant Will Make Your Life Better

Last edited 3rd June 2015

The Benedictine Monks of Norcia spend their lives in prayer and labor – “ora et labora” – chanting the psalms and producing crafts to support themselves. This week, they also released an album meant to share their prayer with the world – music, they say, that has what your soul needs.

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What Does Four Decades as a Priest Look Like? One Bishop Shares His Story

Last edited 28th May 2015

On his 40th anniversary as a priest, Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck says he has a deeper understanding of his own vocation than when he was first ordained.

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Pope Francis to Franciscans: You Are Called to Be “Little Before God”

Last edited 26th May 2015

Pope Francis received an enthusiastic welcome from Franciscans taking part in the General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor when he met with them at the Vatican. In his address, he focused on the two main elements of the Franciscan vocation: "minority” and "fraternity.” They are called to be "little before God,” said the Pope.

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Can Our Guardian Angel Help Discern God’s Will?

Last edited 26th May 2015

Discerning the will of God can often be a hard and laborious undertaking. However, one source for inspiration that we often overlook is our guardian angel. The English word “angel” comes from the Latin angelus, meaning “messenger of God.” The Latin stems from Greek angelos, which is a translation of the Hebrew mal'akh, meaning “messenger.”

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'Little' Friars Credit Vocation Boom to Pope's Name

Last edited 26th May 2015

Gathered in Rome for their general chapter meeting, members of the Order of Friars Minor – better known as Franciscans – said that while vocations in general have been down in recent years, numbers have begun to rise again after Pope Francis’ election.

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Want More Religious Vocations? Improve Your Family Life

Last edited 18th May 2015

As the Church brings the needs of the family to the forefront with the upcoming Synod this fall, one Dominican sister says it is no surprise that Pope Francis should also dedicate this year to the consecrated life.

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Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life

Last edited 15th May 2015

In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, Religious from five different congregations in Ireland share how they discerned the call to their vocation.

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Calling the Chosen: A Q&A with a Vocations Director

Last edited 14th May 2015

I had the chance recently sit down with a great friend and mentor of mine, Father Joseph Fitzgerald. He’s an amazing priest, former national champion football player, and former U.S. Olympic Handball player. He serves as the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, on Long Island, NY. Here are some of his insights on being a Vocations Director.

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2015

Last edited 29th April 2015

The fourth Sunday of Easter is Good Shepherd Sunday, and this year it fell on 26 April 2015. It is also the annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations! Prayer is an essential ingredient for vocations. Pope Francis once said that behind and before every vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life, there is always the strong and intense prayer of someone... vocations are born in prayer and from prayer, and only through prayer can they persevere and bear fruit. Watch this video reflection for more.

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