In a message sent Dec. 1, the pope said to foster vocations, the church must trust young people who, “despite belonging to the ‘selfie’ generation, look for full meaning in their lives, even when they do not always look for it where it can be found.”
An invitation to vespers with the Dominicans and Sister Anna, then simply Andrea Wray, was taken aback by the prayers and watching the priests and brothers and she thought “I want this.”
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, A few weeks ago, I was privileged to celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary for our annual Honoring Marriage Day event. Hundreds of couples from throughout the diocese came to celebrate milestone anniversaries, including some married for 50, 60 or more years. Their witness to their vocation […]
Five seminarians from the Diocese of St. Cloud recently participated in a practicum immersing them in parish and diocesan life.
They are more than just tag lines — these words etched into seminary walls and onto seminarians’ hearts. Each carries its own character and challenges those preparing for leadership in the church to greater unity, service and charity.
When young people feel called to the priesthood or religious life, they can’t keep it a secret. Eventually, they need to break the news to their parents.
All priests share a common brotherhood in their deep bond of ordained life and ministry. Fathers Anthony and John Hollowell, David and Doug Marcotte, and Andrew and Benjamin Syberg experience it at an even deeper level as brothers. And they hope their witness will deepen the faith of archdiocesan Catholics, and encourage them to make their families the seed bed of future vocations.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would do this with the Cubs and be a priest,” said Father Masters, who is vocations director for the Diocese of Joliet.
The seeds of Sister Grace Dominic’s vocation were first planted in the Archdiocese of Washington, where she was born and raised, attended school, graduated from college and began a career in journalism. Here, in her hometown, God’s eventual plan for her life took shape. As she said, it’s where “everything began to unfold.”
In its ministry to young people, and especially in vocations promotion work, church workers must step out of the sacristy and take seriously the questions and concerns of the young, Pope Francis said.
On June 4, Bishop Donald Kettler ordained two permanent deacons, Hans Michael Froslee and Christopher Goenner, and one transitional deacon, seminarian Derek Wiechmann, at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud. Read more about the new deacons in The Visitor.
WASHINGTON (CNS) — It’s ordination season and Catholics have reason to be pleased with the numbers of priests who will serve the church well into the future. In recent years, the numbers of priestly ordinations have given Catholic Church observers reason to believe there is not a global vocations crisis, but they acknowledge there is […]