Archives for March 2016

Santa Rosa abortion clinic – closed

Not enough clients for Women's Health Specialists

The following comes from a March 29 Californians for Life newsletter: After 28 years of abortions, Women's Health Specialists in Santa Rosa CLOSED! The reason according to abortion clinic staff, "There were not enough clients." The Women's Health Specialists abortion chain's former Medical Director Dr. Bruce Steir was a notoriously dangerous abortionist who hurt many … [Read more...]

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Declining enrollment at Sonoma County’s Catholic and Christian schools

Bishop Vasa cites large increase in charter schools as reason

The following comes from a March 28 Sonoma News article by Robert Digitale: School choice and financial recessions are cited as reasons for the sharp decline in enrollments among Sonoma County religious schools in the 21st Century. Catholic schools have seen enrollments decline 28 percent this year from the 1999-2000 academic year, according to data from the California … [Read more...]

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New Santa Clara theology dean opened IgnatianQ Conference


California Catholic Daily exclusive: Conference creates 'safe spaces' for students at Jesuit institutions who are involved with LGBTQ work

On March 24, CalCatholic published a press release from the Jesuit Santa Clara University announcing the appointment of Kevin O’Brien, SJ, as the new Dean of their School of Theology. Prior to his appointment, Fr. O’Brien had served as the Vice President for Mission and Ministry at the Jesuit Georgetown University. A CalCatholic commenter immediately pointed out: “Last year, … [Read more...]

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These seminarians are being ordained – in a refugee camp

Event will be a 'sign of hope' for the Christians who are left in Iraq

The following comes from a March 18 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: After their seminary in Qaraqosh was dissolved following a brutal ISIS attack in 2014, four Iraqi seminarians chose not to give up after being forced to flee, but to continue their path to the priesthood. Now, a year and a half after the attack that uprooted them from their homes, the four … [Read more...]

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Mother Angelica dies on Easter

The foundress of EWTN influenced Catholic culture more than any bishop could

The following comes from a March 27 Catholic News Agency article: The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the … [Read more...]

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A look at what young Catholics did this Lent

Orange County Catholic interviews millennials on their past 40 days

The following comes from a March 25 OC Catholic article by Allyson Escobar: The somber season of Lent is now over. Here’s what some young adults from different dioceses had to say about following Lenten practices: “I’m cutting back on eating out, like fast food, restaurants and whatnot. If I do [eat out], then I have to buy gift cards to give out to those in need when I’m … [Read more...]

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A hot spot for spirituality

A Viennese monastery famous for its chart-topping chant album is also breaking records for vocations. What is the secret of its success?

The following comes from a March 24 Catholic Herald article by John Gottfried: Deep in the woods outside Vienna there is a monastery, Stift Heiligenkreuz, which draws more than 100,000 tourists a year. They come on day trips to visit one of the most beautiful medieval monasteries in the world. They see the Romanesque abbey church and the 13th-century cloister, enjoy lunch at … [Read more...]

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