A little time with the Little Sisters

As I mentioned yesterday, I spent tonight with the Little Sisters of the Poor in Queens Village, leading their monthly Holy Hour for Vocations. They were warm and welcoming, despite the steady autumn drizzle that I suspect kept a lot of people at home tonight. I’m also told that the house was a little emptier; [Read More...]

Seminarian with brain cancer writes to Brittany Maynard: “Our lives are worth living”

Remarkable and moving witness, from the Diocese of Raleigh website: Philip Johnson, a 30-year-old Catholic seminarian from the Diocese of Raleigh who has terminal brain cancer, has written an article responding to Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who has publicly stated her plan to commit suicide due to the fact that she has a terminal [Read More...]

Are you free Wednesday night? Stop by and spend an hour with Jesus, the Little Sisters, and me

I got a very nice email a couple months back from The Little Sisters of the Poor, inviting me to take part in their monthly Holy Hour for vocations here in Queens. I was happy to accept. I’ll be there tomorrow, Wednesday October 22, at 6:30. I’ll offer a brief reflection on my own vocation and, I [Read More...]

Indianapolis diaconate booming: “This is seeing God’s work”

Just six years after the first class was ordained, the diaconate in the archdiocese is showing strength and growth. Details:  Ten years ago, 25 men from across central and southern Indiana began a formation program through which they would be ordained in 2008 as the first permanent deacons in the history of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. A decade [Read More...]

Must-see video: “What we’re really hungering for is God”

A priest with the Congregation of Holy Cross sent this my way, with this note: Our Vocations Office, with a film team from California, has been working hard over the past several months to produce a short video about Final Vows. I think there has been–and rightfully so–some good media produced on the topic of [Read More...]

“God has called me to to support his sons this way”

Photo: by Gregory A. Shemitz I had the privilege of meeting Rosemary Sullivan last winter during a retreat in Huntington. She’s the real deal. Someone described her to me as “the most important lay person in the American church,” and that’s not an exaggeration. Details:  Rosemary Sullivan firmly believes that God has directed her to serve the church [Read More...]

“I have seen the love of Christ shine through them”: check out this beautiful video on the priesthood

A thoughtful reader sent this along: it’s the video that was shown last night at a fundraiser for retired priests in the Archdiocese of Boston. It is superb. The YouTube description: The Celebration of the Priesthood dinner on September 24, 2014 raised more than $1.6 million in support of the health, welfare, and retirement needs [Read More...]

Here’s a great way to help support vocations—and it’s an offer too good to refuse

The folks over at Vocation Boom, the non-profit working to boost vocations to the priesthood, contacted me this morning about a great opportunity for all of you to get involved in their project—and get something extra in return. They’re hoping to expand their offerings over the next several months. To do that, they need bucks. [Read More...]

More on the seminarian ordained near death: “He will be serving the people of God in heaven”

For those who read this story yesterday and saw the poignant video, more details today from The Tennessee Register:  As William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: “Where is Bishop Choby?” “When will he get here?” And finally: “How many more hours [Read More...]

“Your servant is listening”: new vocations video

I like this new video from the Diocese of Charleston in South Carolina. It’s theme underscores the universal vocation of each of us—and the video nicely reflects all vocations, from the priesthood to religious life and marriage. (They don’t explicitly show a deacon. But I’m going to assume, cough, that at least one of the men pictured [Read More...]


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