“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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We’re not exploited

Mother Judith Zuniga, Superior General of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, among three sisters responding to Vatican magazine article claiming women religious are discriminated against

Last week, the women’s edition of a magazine distributed in the Vatican published an article claiming that religious sisters in the Church are poorly treated and economically exploited. The article appeared in Women Church World, a monthly women’s magazine published by L’Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of Vatican City. The Associated Press called the story an “exposé on the … [Read more...]

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“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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Young people cannot imagine life as a priest or religious

Survey of 1,178 Catholic high school and college students in San Jose diocese reveals only 1.9 percent of young men would seriously consider priesthood and 0.9 percent of young women would seriously consider religious life

By Father Joe Kim, Director of Vocations and Seminarians Last September, the Diocese of San Jose Vocations Office conducted a survey of 1,178 Catholic high school and Catholic college students in our Diocese. The results are helping to shape our diocesan plan for promotion of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The main conclusion is that young people cannot … [Read more...]

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Last year Ensenada, next year the Vatican

Reservations now open for Orange diocese's second Bishops’ Pilgrimage Cruise aboard largest passenger cruise ship in the world featuring an ice skating rink; 10 pools, 8 water slides

The Diocese’s first Catholic cruise with Bishop Kevin Vann and Bishop Tim Freyer last summer was so successful that the Diocese is planning an even bigger annual bishops’ pilgrimage cruise in 2018. Last July, Bishop Vann, Bishop Freyer and a group of 207 parishioners departed Long Beach for a brief weekend cruise to Ensenada, Mexico where Mass was celebrated in a cathedral in … [Read more...]

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