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Mission Most Angelic for Sailing Sister
Last edited 7th May 2012

Ashley Schumacher is no ordinary sailor, and at the same time, she’s just one of the crew. The visiting 25-year-old American is on sabbatical from her life as a cloistered nun with the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration, the same order as Mother Angelica’s of Eternal Word Television fame. Long term, she says she feels called to found a religious order to minister to military chaplains.

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Celibacy: What is its Lived Experience Like? - A No-Holds-Barred Interview with a Catholic Priest
Last edited 3rd May 2012

Why are Catholic Priests required to be celibate? Is this simply an 'archaic law', as some critics claim... or is it something much deeper? In this extremely open and detailed account by a Catholic Priest on what it is like to live a celibate life, Fr. Michael de Stoop breaks open the myths behind the mystery of celibacy - and reveals the beauty and honour of having the gift of a celibate vocation.

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"Priests Must Live Holy Lives to be Effective Ministers"
Last edited 2nd May 2012

Ten years after a historic papal response to clerical sex abuse, the Vatican urged priests to strive for greater holiness in their own lives so that they might effectively minister to others and reverse the tide of atheism.

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Pope Benedict: The Good Shepherd Gives His Life for His Sheep
Last edited 30th April 2012

It was day to remember for 9 deacons who were ordained on this World Day of Prayer for Religious Vocations by Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter’s Basilica. Eight of the deacons were from the diocese of Rome, one a former pilot, another a chemistry graduate. Also ordained on Sunday was a deacon from Vietnam who had previously been a lawyer.

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Pope Prays for Vocations to Priesthood
Last edited 30th April 2012

On Sunday, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Benedict XVI asked families, communities and local parishes to help young men in discerning their vocation to the priesthood.

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Message of the Holy Father for the 49th World Day of Prayer for Vocations - 29 April 2012
Last edited 8th May 2012

Theme: Vocations, the Gift of the Love of God

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Letter to Priests - Marking 'World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of the Clergy' 2012
Last edited 26th April 2012

Leading up to the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of the Clergy, held on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (this year, June 15), the Congregation for Clergy has written a letter to priests.

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From Ireland’s Cloisters, A Prayer for the 2012 Eucharistic Congress
Last edited 23rd April 2012

Over the past few months, in the silence of an ancient Abbey, a community of 35 nuns have been praying and working towards Congress. They are Ireland’s only community of enclosed Cistercian women religious from St Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn and they have been given the task of producing the 250 thousand Eucharistic breads for consecration at the Masses that will be the focal point the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, taking place in Dublin, Ireland, from 10-17 June, 2012.

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Study Finds New Religious Vocations Are Younger, More Educated
Last edited 16th April 2012

A recent study of men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2011 shows that new members of religious orders are younger and more educated than those in the past.

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If You Think Someone May Have a Vocation…
Last edited 13th February 2012

If you think a young man may have a vocation to the priesthood, tell him so.


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