35 new priests ordained in California this year

Among them are surfers, financial managers, space researchers, teachers and musicians

A diverse mix of 35 new apostles of Christ were ordained to the priesthood in California this year, entering ministry to the state’s Catholics. The newly-ordained priests include men who heard Christ’s call early in their adult lives, but also men who travelled other paths into middle age before hearing the call. Among them are men who had been surfers, financial managers, … [Read more...]

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Training future priests is expensive

Diocese of Honolulu pleads for more money from faithful to help pay the $40,000 per year it costs to send prospective priests to St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park

Any parent who has saved or paid for a child’s higher education knows that learning doesn’t come cheap. That remains the case for the Diocese of Honolulu to support its seminarians through the coursework and degrees that will make them Hawaii’s future priests. It costs roughly $40,000 a year per seminarian during their four years of post-graduate theology study, according to … [Read more...]

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New Vatican document explains role of consecrated virgins

'Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago' is the first Vatican document to deal with the life of conscrated virgins who are not associated with religious orders

The Vatican has issued a new instruction on Consecrated Virginity as the vocation experiences increasing interest. The document, titled Ecclesiae Sponsae Imago, comes after requests from bishops across the world for clarity on the role of consecrated virgins, as more women discern the vocation. A consecrated virgin is a woman who has never married who pledges perpetual … [Read more...]

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Nun stories back in secular news

Women religious stories have been making a social and spiritual comeback over the last several decades

After being dismissed as relics of the past, nuns and women religious have been making a social and spiritual come back over the last several decades. While Catholic media has been watching these women closely, the secular media is finally beginning to take note of these remarkable women. The remarkable tale of starlet actress, Dolores Hart, who left a bright career as the … [Read more...]

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“In this atmosphere it’s much easier to hear God’s call”

Why 1 in 10 new priests in the US come from homeschooling families

Statistics suggest that faith-based homeschooling has a crucial role in producing vocations. Data from a 2017 survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (Cara) at Georgetown University shows that nearly one in 10 young men in formation for the priesthood in the US were homeschooled. That’s a staggering number, considering there is only one homeschooler for … [Read more...]

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Surfers, bikers and a vegan

The nine future priests who will be ordained by Archbishop José H. Gomez at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on June 2 are as diverse as the flock they’re being asked to serve

Among Los Angeles’ soon-to-be priests, one comes from as far away as Manila, and three others from the Midwest. Others are native Angelenos whose grandparents called LA home. Two of them worked in the film industry before answering God’s call, and another worked for an aerospace engineering firm. There are even a couple of surfers among St. John’s Seminary Class of 2018. The … [Read more...]

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Three men to be ordained permanent deacons in San Jose diocese

They juggled their studies for the diaconate with their first vocations as husbands and fathers; each credits his wife with traveling with him on this journey

For three men and their families, the journey to the Permanent Diaconate is almost complete. On May 19, at 9:30 a.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, Carl A. Bugarin, Philip Andrew McCarty and Richard M. Noack will be ordained deacons for the Diocese of San Jose during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Patrick J. McGrath. For each of the men, the path has been different, … [Read more...]

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Vocations boom among the home-schooled

Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University found that young American men who had been homeschooled were four times more likely to enter seminaries than those educated in Catholic institutions

Priestly vocations are most likely to flourish among the homeschooled, according to a US study. The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (Cara), a research institute at Georgetown University, found that young American men who had been homeschooled were four times more likely to enter seminaries than those educated in Catholic institutions. Although the number of … [Read more...]

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LA Archdiocese blesses, breaks ground on new seminary

Archbishop Jose Gomez blessed and broke ground of the new Queen of the Angeles Center for Priestly Formation in Torrance, California.

The patch of land where an old apartment building-turned convent rests is the future site of the Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Archbishop Jose Gomez blessed and broke ground of the new Queen of the Angeles Center for Priestly Formation in Torrance, California. “Vocations to the priesthood, that’s one of my priorities in the archdiocese and I will say that Diego House and … [Read more...]

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St. Patrick’s Seminary hosts discernment retreat for prospective military chaplains

Twenty-nine men slated to participate, Archdiocese for Military Services says high attendance "reflects a trend of strong turnouts over the past few years"

Twenty-nine men from three service branches of the United States Armed Forces will gather here this weekend for a March 15-18 discernment retreat aimed at helping them determine if they are called by the Holy Spirit to be Catholic priests and military chaplains. The Vocations Office of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), is conducting the annual retreat at St. … [Read more...]

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