Vocations

Grass-roots effort allows Catholics to spiritually ‘adopt’ a local priest

In addition to praying for the "priest of the day," those interested can spiritually adopt a priest for whom they'll be responsible for praying.
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Pope to Chilean clergy: Sexual abuse a ‘great and painful evil’

The Holy Father recognized the efforts of the country's priests and religious to respond to sexual abuse claims and he said he knew sometimes innocent priests and men and women religious are viewed with suspicion.
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Forgotten Catholics: French author speaks on single people, celibacy

Single people are the forgotten members of the Catholic Church, said a Catholic journalist who has developed expertise on this issue over the past 20 years.
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A Q&A with a seminarian on his vocation to the priesthood

During National Vocations Awareness Week, seminarian Tommy O'Donnell reflects on his vocation to the priesthood.
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All in the family: Siblings, fathers and sons celebrate ordained ministry

Father Michael Carrion and his brother, Father Patrick Carrion, are marking a combined 75 years in the priesthood. They hosted an Aug. 21 celebration of clergy vocations in families for other brothers, fathers and sons throughout the archdiocese.
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‘The World Needs Heroes’

If we start sharing stories of heroic virtue and courage, we are bound to inspire religious vocations.
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Baltimore native joins seminary in hopes of becoming parish priest

Tommy O'Donnell will begin seminary studies at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in mid-August, where he will remain for the next seven years.
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African-born clergy, religious ministering in U.S. gather in New Orleans

Jesuit Father Allan Deck former executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church, called the influx of foreign-born ministers "a globalized priesthood, a globalized religious."
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As consecrated virgins, three women promise lifelong fidelity to Christ

Three brides in long, white dresses stood before the altar of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. There was not a single groom in sight.
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Father Kevin Ewing ordained to priesthood in joyful ceremony

Father Ewing exhibited a demeanor of peace and joy as he processed down the center aisle of the cathedral toward what promises to be his greatest adventure, a lifetime as a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
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Ewing’s June 24 ordination to the priesthood will be bittersweet

Deacon Kevin Ewing’s June 24 ordination to the priesthood promises to be bittersweet.
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Amen: On a humble man, and famous last words

As a priest, Monsignor Bastress was in fact enlisted to act “in persona Christi” – in the person of Christ – throughout various aspects of his ministry.
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