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Three Catholic dating tips in a society of 'swiping' and 'ghosting'

Feb 14, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

Dating in today’s world can be hard. We live in a society where “swiping right” and “ghosting” are a part... Read more

Landry Weber, a K-State player who is discerning and intends to enter seminary.

K-State football player plans to enter seminary

Jan 7, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Landry Weber, a 23-year-old wide receiver for Kansas State University’s football team, will soon be going “pro” in something very... Read more

Nathan de Brito and Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2013 (L) Nathan de Brito and Bishop Joaquim Wladimir Lopes Dias en 2021 (R). Facebook de Mons. Joaquim Wladimir Lopes Dias

Boy who embraced pope during WYD in Rio is now a young man discerning religious life

Jan 5, 2022

By Cynthia Perez

During World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, in 2013, a boy made his way through the crowd to hug... Read more

What is it that God is calling you to do with your life?

Taking time to ask, 'What is God's will?'

Dec 24, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Discerning your vocation is about more than pursuing a celibate vocation alone, said Father Ryan O’Neill, director of vocations for... Read more

Potential postulants wait and see as COVID puts convent plans in question 

Apr 30, 2020

By Mary Farrow

If everything were going according to plan, Jessica would be entering the convent on August 22.  Read more

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Discerning in, and discerning out: What happens when seminarians leave?

Dec 31, 2019

By Michelle McDaniel

Catholic journalists know that discernment stories are popular because they give readers hope. And they often follow a pattern: They... Read more

Pope Francis praying.

Better formation in discernment is Pope's prayer intention for March

Mar 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In his prayer video for March, Pope Francis asked for prayers that Christians be better educated to discern between the... Read more

Pope Francis hears confessions of teenagers in St. Peter's Square.

Pope: Everyone needs help living the faith – no one can do it alone

Jan 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Saturday, Pope Francis stressed the importance of having a solid guide in the spiritual life since no one –... Read more

Pope Francis arrives to meet with youth at Kasarani stadium in Kenya on Nov. 27, 2015.

Youth to be protagonists in upcoming synod of bishops

Jan 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

With the 2014-2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family barely falling out of sight, the preparatory document for the next... Read more

Pope Francis arrives to meet with youth at Kasarani stadium in Kenya on Nov. 27, 2015.

Youth, discernment Pope's pick for next synod theme

Oct 6, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

The theme for the 2018 Synod of Bishops has been released, and will focus on how to best teach the... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta house in the Vatican, April 11, 2016.

Be open to the surprises of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis advises

Apr 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his homily Thursday Pope Francis stressed the need to be open to the novelty of the Holy Spirit, by... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at St. Peter's Basilica, Oct. 4, 2015.

Don't fall into the traps of relativism and rigidity, Pope says

Oct 10, 2015

In his homily on Friday Pope Francis focused on the importance of knowing how to discern whether something comes from... Read more

Vesting of news priests during their Mass of Ordination.

Grassroots discernment program announced as Philly priestly vocations soar

Aug 20, 2015

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is witnessing a lot of exciting things these days: there’s the World Meeting of Families next... Read more

Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis on March 19, 2013.

Pope: a Christian does not announce himself, but the Lord

Jun 24, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily for the feast of John the Baptist’s birth, Pope Francis emphasized that a true Christian puts oneself... Read more

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury preaches at St. Columba's Church on Feb. 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

New English discernment house hopes to help vocations flourish

Apr 16, 2014

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has announced plans for a house of discernment for potential priests, emphasizing the need... Read more