Questions on Sexuality Loom Large Ahead of Youth Synod

The working document for the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and the Discernment of Vocation was published June 19, and includes contributions from both young people themselves, and bishops’ conferences. By Elise Harris/CNA/EWTN News, Jun. 19, 2018 VATICAN CITY —... read more

Finding Christ in the desert Benedictine monks in Chama Canyon, New Mexico

Encounter God through work, prayer and silence in the wilderness By Jim Graves, OSV Newsweekly, 5/30/2018 In 1964, Father Aelred Wall, OSB (1917-84), and two other monks left Mount Saviour Monastery in New York to scout out remote locations to establish a new “daughter,” or off-shoot... read more

There Is a Vocations Boom in Wichita

The diocese has ordained 10 men to the priesthood for the second year in a row, upping the priestly population there by about 20%. Mary Rezac/CNA/EWTN News, June 7, 2018 WICHITA, Kan. — Father Chad Arnold, vocations director in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, is hesitant to dole out advice... read more

Archbishop Chaput Highlights Voices of Young Adults Ahead of Youth Synod

A 26-year-old lawyer who is engaged and 29-year-old seminarian who will be ordained this summer share their thoughts on the Church. CNA/EWTN News, May. 25, 2018 PHILADELPHIA — In an effort to highlight the voices of young people ahead of the Synod on Youth this fall, Archbishop Charles... read more

Report: Pope Francis affirms Church practice against admitting gay men to seminary

Vatican City, May 24, 2018 / 11:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a closed-door speech to Italian bishops on Monday, Pope Francis spoke about the number and quality of seminary candidates, including concerns about their sexual orientation. At the start of his May 21 audience with Italian bishops, Pope... read more

Pope Bewails Europe’s ‘Hemorrhaging’ of Priests

by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  May 23, 2018    82 Comments Lament follows Pontiff's dissolution of traditional order in Belgium VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pope Francis is voicing frustration at the "hemorrhaging" of priests and religious across Europe. At a... read more

A bishop reflects on 45 years of priestly ministry

“I like to say that I was not ordained to be irrelevant,” says Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island. “The Church, and bishops in particular, have a prophetic role.” By Jim Graves, The Dispatch, May 14, 2018 2 Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, 70, of Providence, Rhode Island was... read more

Bishop Tobin defends right to weigh in on politics

By G. Wayne Miller, Journal Staff Writer, Apr 17, 2018 PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Often criticized for bringing his voice into the political arena, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin on Tuesday defended that practice, saying he is compelled by his faith to speak on issues of morality. And that, he... read more

Vocations boom among the home-schooled

by Staff Reporter, 10 Apr 2018 Nearly one in ten young men on course for ordination in the US was homeschooled 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... read more

An Open Letter to Pope Francis from a ‘Bold’ Youth

By John A. Monaco, March 29, 2018 Your Holiness, It is with a spirit of faith, hope, and love that I write this letter to you, the vicar of Christ on earth, the successor to St. Peter, the point of unity for all Catholic Christians. Truly, the Petrine office is one to which I faithfully... read more

“I saw you on the street corner…”

Marian Sister of Santa Rosa reflects on her habit February 14, 2018 by 2 Comments The following comes from a Feb. 13 posting on the site of the New Liturgical Movement. The following is an essay written by one of the sisters of a community in Santa Rosa, California, called the Marian... read more