“I think there are a lot of contemplatives out there”

In San Francisco archdiocese, Contemplatives of St. Joseph add women religious as order grows

A new order of women religious is forming in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, a branch of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, which was originally founded as a monastery for men in 2010. Three women have joined, with two entering as candidates Aug. 15, 2017, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, and a third entered as an aspirant in January. “I think there are … [Read more...]

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Famous post-abortion sculpture replica comes to Fresno

The powerful art work of young Slovak sculptor Martin Hudáček illustrates post-abortion pain, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Dan Zeidler. The image of the sculpture, "Memorial for Unborn Children" by Martin Hudáček, has touched people's hearts throughout the world. Photos of the sculpture have been shared on social media countless times and featured in numerous print publications, but few people have actually seen the original sculpture or any of the few … [Read more...]

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Pray the Stations of the Cross with the students of Thomas Aquinas College

Video features “The Franciscan Way of the Cross” read by students, accompanied by the music of Chrysostomos, a student choir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=25&v=F5jx8hNijhs This Lent, include the Stations of the Cross among your daily devotions. Thomas Aquinas College is making available to all its friends the above five-minute video, that features “The Franciscan Way of the Cross” (text) as read by the College’s students, accompanied by the music of Chrysostomos, a student choir. … [Read more...]

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The abortion clinic is “creeping me out”

News from the trenches: boyfriend tries to save his baby

Dear Pro-life friends, Because certain people are trying to block the efforts of sidewalk counselors to save mothers and babies from the horrors of abortion, we are keeping the dates, times, and locations of where we are counseling confidential. The notes below may come from one or more locations during the week. Some specifics have been omitted to protect the identity of … [Read more...]

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A Muslim Call to Prayer, a Buddhist lecture, a Hindu dance, and a Jewish prayer

University of San Diego's 25th All Faith Service also included a Kumeyaay Bird Song presentation

Davis Luanava, a member of the Hopi Native American tribe in northeastern Arizona, had the honor of closing USD’s 25th All Faith Service by delivering the prayer of intercession following a Kumeyaay Bird Song presentation by Kumeyaay native speaker Stan Rodriguez. The Native American perspective, along with five other world religions, were welcomed in by USD and Monsignor … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Cupich launches Amoris Laetitia seminars for US bishops

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy among presenters for conference planned at Santa Clara University, other sites include Boston College and University of Notre Dame

The Archbishop of Chicago has invited some U.S. bishops to a series of conferences on the 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The seminars will be held at three Catholic colleges later this month. According to a letter obtained by Catholic News Agency, the meetings, dubbed “New Momentum Conferences on Amoris Laetitia,” are designed to offer a “tailor-made program that … [Read more...]

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Weaving the divine

Artist John Nava tells stories of faith in L.A. cathedral tapestries

Originally, John Nava’s tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles were commissioned to enhance the musical quality and acoustics of the vast space. Engaging with this ancient technique, however, so significant in the history of church décor, Nava breathed new life into an old and almost forgotten art form. Technology met tradition, and meaning … [Read more...]

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Carmelite nuns in Sierra Nevada foothills seeking chaplain

Fourteen Discalced Carmelites in Georgetown, California, hope to fill position by March, benefits include use of a furnished house, a car, and a stipend "commensurate with his needs and/or our abilities"

Today I received a note from Mother Mary Bethany OCD, of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Georgetown, California (D. Sacramento). They need a new chaplain by March. I asked for some details and Mother wrote back: We are requesting a (reverent) Novus Ordo Mass, which most of our Sisters are used to.  Our Divine Office is in English also. Our chaplain would have the use of a … [Read more...]

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Elderly and sick from throughout Southern California receive Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

Archbishop José Gomez administered the sacrament on Feb. 10 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles

The elderly and sick from throughout southern California gathered to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick from Archbishop José H. Gomez on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron, from the Santa Barbara pastoral region, served at homilist. The Anointing of the Sick is administered by the … [Read more...]

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“More moving than anything done by the greatest Renaissance masters”

Stained glass windows in Alameda are examples of Christian iconography

The following excerpt is reprinted with permission from the blog, "Giorgione et al". A tour of the stained glass windows will be conducted by the blog's author, Francis DeStefano, on February 18 from 2pm - 3pm at St. Joseph's Basilica, Alameda. Recently my wife and I spent the whole month of February in the San Francisco bay area. While we did not get to visit any of San … [Read more...]

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