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Typical new priest: 32-year-old cradle Catholic who prays Rosary, takes part in Eucharistic adoration
Last edited 3rd May 2013

The typical member of the priestly ordination class of 2013 is a 32-year-old cradle Catholic who has three or more siblings and prayed the Rosary regularly before entering seminary, according to a survey of 366 of the 497 men slated to be ordained to the priesthood in the United States this year. The survey was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

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Military Chaplains: ‘A Calling Within a Calling’
Last edited 22nd April 2013

The Archdiocese of the Military Services’ co-sponsorship vocations program is helping to form future chaplains to alleviate the current extreme shortage.

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Message of the Holy Father for the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations - 21 April 2013
Last edited 8th May 2013

Theme: Vocations as a Sign of Hope Founded in Faith


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Children of God - Numbers Rise for Priests and Nuns in Australia
Last edited 24th April 2013

One priest-to-be was spat upon. Others endured tearful reactions when they told their parents. Almost all face puzzled questions from mystified friends. But nevertheless, young people are still signing up to be priests and nuns.


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Ex-Baseball Phenom Discusses Life in a Norbertine Abbey
Last edited 9th April 2013

In January of 2010, Grant Desme shocked the baseball world by announcing his retirement from the game. Only 23 at the time, Desme had recently been named the 2009 Arizona Fall League MVP and was on the verge of playing in the majors. Despite his athletic success, the former center fielder knew he was called to something greater.

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Priesthood Enrolment Numbers On The Up
Last edited 11th March 2013

Following a slump in the 1980s and 1990s, there has been a sharp rise in the number of trainees. In the past five years, seminary enrolments in Australia have risen from about 235 a year in 2007 to 350 in 2012.


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Cloistered Nun Believes Monastic Life Will Extend Pope's Reach
Last edited 20th February 2013

Pope Benedict’s decision to dedicate himself to a life of prayer will enable him to impact people who might not have listened to him while he was Pope, according to a cloistered Dominican nun. “When he lives this monastic lifestyle, his prayers will reach those who maybe were unbelievers during his papacy,” said Mother Maria Angelica.


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My Journey to Becoming a Sister of Mercy
Last edited 7th February 2013

I always thought I was going to get married. That’s not how most people would think discerning religious life would start, but that’s how my journey began. I was in high school when a teacher, who was discerning the diaconate, planted the first seed when he said, “If you’ve ever ruled something out, just keep it on the back burner.” I have no idea why I took this to heart except that it must have been an act of God because once I’ve made up my mind I can be kind of stubborn.

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Pope's Message for World Day of Prayer for Vocations
Last edited 18th December 2012

Here is the translation of the Holy Father's Message on the occasion of the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations which will be held on April 21, 2013.


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My Side of the Confessional: What Is It Like for a Priest?
Last edited 27th November 2012

Have you ever wondered what it would be like for the Priest on the other side of the confessional? Visit this article from for a very moving account of confession by a Priest... "There is almost no greater place to be than with someone when they are coming back to God. The Confessional is a place where people let God’s love win. The Confessional is the most joyful, humbling, and inspiring place in the world."

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