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Catholic priests survey finds lower morale, 'conservative shift' among U.S. clergy

Nov 29, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A new survey released this month suggests a more “pessimistic” view of the Catholic Church among U.S. priests today as... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 28, 2019.

Cardinal Sarah calls Catholic priests to spiritual renewal in new book

Nov 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘If priests, if society look to God, then I think things will change,’ he said. Read more

The Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque, N.M., seat of the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, which hosted the attempted ordination of Anne Tropeano Oct. 16, 2021.

Santa Fe archdiocese: Woman's attempted ordination invalid

Oct 21, 2021

By Carl Bunderson

The supposed ordination of women is invalid, the vicar general of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe reiterated Monday, shortly after... Read more

Father Tom Colucci.

How 9/11 led a first responder to the priesthood

Sep 11, 2021

By Kate Olivera, Jonah McKeown

Father Tom Colucci says he actually sees a lot of similarities between the priesthood and the fire service. Read more

Concerns raised about using surveillance technology to track clergy

Jul 19, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

The prospect of private parties using national security-style surveillance technology to track the movements and activities of Catholic bishops, priests,... Read more

Father Matthew Breslin blesses his sister, Sr. Mary Strength of Martyrs, shortly after his May 29, 2021 ordination.

New priest blesses his sister, a nun: 'It's been a real privilege and a joy'

Jun 7, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

It is customary for a newly-ordained priest to impart a first blessing. For Father Matthew Breslin, who was ordained May... Read more

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Widowed deacon in Argentina ordained a priest

Jun 7, 2021

By Cynthia Perez

Luis Avagliano served as a permanent deacon for 27 years, but after the death of his wife almost seven years... Read more

Pope Francis with French priests studying in Rome during a meeting at the Vatican on June 7, 2021.

Pope Francis to priests: Weakness is a chance for encounter with God

Jun 7, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Strip yourself of your preconceived ideas, your dreams of greatness, your self-affirmation, to put God and people at the center... Read more

The late Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani in his hospital room

Priest with cancer dies 23 days after his hospital room ordination

Apr 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“His altar was the [hospital] bed, where he was able to unite his sufferings to those of Christ." Read more

Father Aloysius Ezoenyeka

The harrowing story of an LA priest who survived a shooting in Nigeria

Apr 22, 2021

By Michelle McDaniel

Father Aloysius Ezoenyeka didn’t know how long he had been unconscious. A gentle slapping on his face stirred him, and... Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105.

Virtual discernment program helps Boston men explore priesthood

Apr 16, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

This past week, the Archdiocese of Boston released its new vocation discernment initiative, Scivias, designed to bring vocational guidance to... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Vatican summit on 'theology of the priesthood' will look at questions raised in recent synods

Apr 12, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Marc Ouellet announced Monday that the Vatican will host a theological symposium on the priesthood that will touch on... Read more

Luis Avagliano, with his late wife Flora and children / Priestly ordination of Father Luis Avagliano.

Widowed deacon ordained a priest in Argentina

Apr 8, 2021

Luis Avagliano was married to his wife, Flora, for 38 years, but after her death almost seven years ago, he... Read more

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Cardinal laments lack of priestly vocations in Florentine archdiocese

Jan 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Archbishop of Florence has said no new students have entered his diocesan seminary this year, calling the low number... Read more

Spirituality Year: How a break from academics helps prepare men for priesthood

Nov 8, 2020

By Mary Farrow

When Fr. Josh Mayer entered St. John Vianney’s Seminary in Denver, his first year looked a little more monk-like than... Read more

Deacon David Pinto. Courtesy photo.

Patience and the priesthood: A vocation 50 years in the making

Nov 5, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

On average, diocesan priests take about six years to complete seminary formation. For Dominican priests, it is seven. Jesuits study... Read more

Fr. Michael McGivney.

Ahead of beatification, priests reflect on McGivney's priesthood, and the miracle he prayed for

Oct 30, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

A prayer vigil for priests on the eve of the beatification of Ven. Michael McGivney took place Friday, October 30,... Read more

Diocese in Mexico ordains 34 new priests

Oct 21, 2020

On World Mission Sunday, October 18, the archbishop of Guadalajara ordained 34 new priests (33 diocesan and 1 religious) and... Read more

Fr. Adrian San Juan. Courtesy: Rafael Alvarez and Angelus News

Los Angeles priest mourned after sudden passing: ‘He died doing what he loved’

Sep 28, 2020

After being brought into this world against the odds, losing his father at 8 years old, and surviving a battle... Read more