‘Woman priest’ to speak at Jesuit School of Theology

Mary Alice Nolan, who claims to have been ordained a Roman Catholic Woman Priest, will participate in panel discussion entitled "Women Responding to the Call to Ministry in the Church" at Berkeley campus

Part of a series of events at the Jesuit School of Theology on The Papal Commission on Women Deacons: On Tuesday, May 2, there will be a panel discussion on "Women Responding to the Call to Ministry in the Church" at the Gesu Chapel, Jesuit School of Theology. Reception to follow. This panel features women who have heard and responded to God’s call to ministry in various … [Read more...]

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He never imagined being a priest

Millennial couldn't resist God's call

In the city around him, Anthony Ferguson’s fellow millennials were just waking up, shaking off hangovers, checking messages on dating apps and getting ready to make their way in the world. But Ferguson was already out the door on this Friday morning — wearing the same black shirt and white collar he always wears — sitting in a chapel under the warm light streaming through … [Read more...]

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She didn’t participate in ‘A Day Without Women,’ and here’s why

"It seems paradoxical that women would absent themselves from paid work when it’s only recently in human history that so many of us can enjoy these opportunities"

The challenge for any “women’s movement” is to represent all women, and that’s the problem with today’s “A Day Without Women.” Not only does it ignore women who don’t support abortion, but it glosses over the experience of millions of women in the developing world who can’t afford to postpone their responsibilities. I’m one of those people who likes to read a book before … [Read more...]

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Jesuit named new rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary and University

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone appoints Rev. George F. Schultze, S.J., as president-rector

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Chancellor of the Board of Trustees of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University, has appointed Rev. George F. Schultze, S.J. as President-Rector and Vice Chancellor effective July 1, 2017. Fr. Schultze has been at St. Patrick’s since 2005, serving on the Seminary faculty, holding various administrative positions and serving as spiritual … [Read more...]

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Dominican friars to leave Berkeley parish

They will also leave their ministry at Newman Centers at UC Riverside and UCSD

On the Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday of Advent, the news was anything but joyful at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Berkeley. The Dominican priests who have served the parish since its founding in 1923 are leaving, the pastor told the congregation. The Berkeley parish, with 500 families and a vibrant elementary school, is one of three places in California from which the … [Read more...]

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Why I wear the habit

A nun’s reflection on religious life

As Pope Francis’s year dedicated to consecrated life concluded at the start of 2016, one nun shared her thoughts on how her religious garb serves as a “visible sign” that God exists and loves every person. Though the official Year for Consecrated Life concluded earlier this year, it’s actually “the beginning of helping people get reacquainted with religious life,” said … [Read more...]

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Dispute over seminary leadership led to order’s departure

Sulpicians decided to leave St. Patrick's Seminary without warning after board of trustees sought to negotiate a change in governance

The following comes from an October 25 Catholic San Francisco article by By Valerie Schmalz: After 118 years, the society of diocesan priests who have administered and taught at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University will withdraw completely from the seminary at the end of this academic year. The abrupt Oct. 21 announcement by the U.S. provincial of the Sulpicians Father … [Read more...]

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