No vocations this year in San Francisco archdiocese

Meanwhile, three to be ordained in Oakland

The Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of San Francisco has announced Holy Hours June 10, 3 p.m., at churches in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. “There will be seminarians and probably some discerners at the various Holy Hours, but it is open to everyone to come and pray for vocations to the priesthood in response to ‘Jesus’ command to pray to the Harvest … [Read more...]

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...]

Pope Francis meets young men who have left the priesthood

Vatican statement said the priests had spent months and years wrestling with doubts

The following comes from a November 11 Vatican Radio story: Pope Francis on Friday met a group of young men who have left the priesthood during the past years to show his closeness and affection towards them. His surprise visit to an apartment in the outskirts of Rome to meet with the group made up of five Italians, a Spaniard and a man from Latin America, came as part of … [Read more...]

Great Books at L.A. seminary

The following is an excerpt from The Catholic Thing website, written by Robert Royal, head of the Faith & Reason Institute. Faith & Reason since 2006 has been sponsoring seminars for college and university teaching staff. From Saturday, June 16 through Saturday, June 23 a “total immersion” seminar for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on “The Catholic Intellectual … [Read more...]

New Priests Younger

The following was posted May 17 on the website of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops. The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2012 is trending younger with the median age for the 2012 class at 31. Two-thirds of the class are between the ages of 25 and 34. This is slightly younger than last year and follows the trend over the past six years. These figures … [Read more...]