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US sees increase in priestly ordination numbers this year

Apr 10, 2015 - 02:14 am .- The numbers are in: almost 600 Catholic men will be ordained priests for the U.S. in 2015, an increase of more than 100 from last year.

Young boy lives dream of 'being a priest' for a day

Apr 9, 2015 - 03:56 pm .- Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Make-A-Wish Foundation helped one young boy to live his dream by experiencing, in part, what it’s like to be a priest for a day.Young boy lives dream of ‘being a priest’ for a day

A 'wee movie with a big message' for the people of Scotland

Mar 29, 2015 - 02:35 am .- Scottish Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews & Edinburgh is launching a new promo film across social media as he unveils his plans for the future of the Catholic Church in his part of Scotland.  

What makes a good priest? Friendship with Jesus Christ

Mar 7, 2015 - 06:08 am .- For Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, the biggest challenges to priestly formation today can be overcome through divine friendship with Christ and the practice of Christian love.

Why a former altar girl changed her mind about boy-only servers

Feb 10, 2015 - 02:27 pm .- When she was a young girl, Logan Crotty dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest.  

Cardinal wowed by vocation surge at Rome's American seminary

Jan 6, 2015 - 03:22 pm .- The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin voiced enthusiasm at seeing the high number of American seminarians studying in Rome – calling it a sign that vocations are on the rise.

'Year for Vocations': English diocese stresses universal call to sainthood

Dec 2, 2014 - 04:04 am .- Alongside the Year for Consecrated Life called for by Pope Francis, the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England, is observing 2015 as a year for vocations, promoting among the faithful the universal call to sanctity.  

Pope Francis – Do you have what it takes to be a good priest?

Nov 12, 2014 - 04:56 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke on the qualities needed to be a true minister of God, saying that those who are ordained should never be “authoritative,” but rather humble and merciful.

Young men at ordination: 'I can't imagine a better way to live'

Oct 3, 2014 - 05:03 pm .- Transitional deacons ordained this week in St. Peter’s Basilica shared their experience of overwhelming joy in serving God, which stems from a life of sacrifice that’s worth giving everything to live.

Family finds hope in priestly ordination of dying seminarian

Sep 10, 2014 - 05:01 pm .- Family members of a priest who died of cancer just two days after his ordination say that his brief priesthood was an incredible blessing, for which they are grateful.    

Pope greets father of youth who died but dreamed of being priest

Aug 14, 2014 - 04:16 am .- Among the people who greeted Pope Francis at his arrival in South Korea was a father of an adolescent who wanted to be a priest but died in the country's massive ferry accident earlier this year.

Papal delegation suspends ordinations in Paraguay diocese

Jul 29, 2014 - 04:39 pm .- An apostolic visitation of Paraguay's Cuidad del Este diocese concluded on Saturday with the visitors suspending a scheduled ordination until they have reached conclusions about their investigation.

Pope encourages priests to work in joy, brotherhood

Jun 21, 2014 - 06:01 am .- During his one day his visit to Italian town Cassano all'Jonio, Pope Francis met with the priests of the diocese, speaking of the joy of the priesthood, but also of the dangers of an individualistic culture.

Never forget your first love, Pope encourages priests

Jun 6, 2014 - 05:22 am .- Pope Francis directed his daily homily today to his brother bishops and priests, telling them to always put love of God and their flock first, before pursuing a scholastic career.

Gossip is the plague of community life, Pope tells seminarians

May 13, 2014 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting with all of Rome’s seminarians, Pope Francis spoke frankly of the challenges of community life, including the temptation to gossip and the importance of prayer.

Pope to newly ordained: always be merciful

May 11, 2014 - 06:38 am .- In his homily at an ordination Mass this morning, Pope Francis urged those becoming priests to follow Christ’s example of mercy in the sacrament of Confession.

New English discernment house hopes to help vocations flourish

Apr 16, 2014 - 04:07 pm .- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has announced plans for a house of discernment for potential priests, emphasizing the need for “a renewed love for the priesthood.”

'I can't leave my people': Priest killed in Syria hailed as martyr

Apr 15, 2014 - 07:21 am .- Days after Dutch priest Fr. Frans van der Lugt was murdered in Syria, a close young friend recalled his saintly life, noting both his personal holiness and extraordinary advances in Christian-Muslim relations.

Holy Orders fosters a passionate love of the Church, Pope notes

Mar 26, 2014 - 05:13 am .- In his weekly general audience Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the Sacraments, devoting today’s discourse to those who receive Holy Orders, referring to it as a vocation of “service.”

Pope lauds 'bravery' of those anointed by God

Jan 27, 2014 - 06:52 am .- In his daily Mass, Pope Francis reflected on the significance of the special anointing given to priests and bishops, emphasizing that it marks their role of service to the Church, which we should be grateful for.

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