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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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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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Pope Francis to New Priests: Don’t Be a Peacock
Last edited 26th April 2015

Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on Sunday, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s.

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Women Entering Religious Life in UK at 25-Year High
Last edited 23rd April 2015

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.

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Pope Francis: Vocations are About Quality, Not Quantity
Last edited 14th April 2015

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.

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“Our Work is to Pray, So We Pray for the World” - Sister Therese (Benedictine Sister from Jamberoo Abbey)
Last edited 10th April 2015

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.

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Who's Entering Religious Life These Days?
Last edited 28th January 2015

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.

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Sisters Work on Shoestring in Sierra Leone against Ebola
Last edited 5th November 2014

The Catholic sisters trying to combat Ebola in Sierra Leone continue to be courageous in the face of the current adversity and work in circumstances that would defeat most people.

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Christ Week at Sydney University was the Spark Leading to Sr. Mary Michael's Vocation
Last edited 26th October 2014

Simone Smith, originally from the Blue Mountains, is now known as Sr Mary Michael of the Cross after making her first profession of vows on September 14 in Hobart. Sr Mary Michael of the Cross is one of five women in a new community of religious sisters called the Sisters of the Immaculata, which Archbishop Julian Porteous has made a public association of Christ's faithful within the Archdiocese of Hobart.

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