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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

What a vocation to be a Holy Land Franciscan looks like

Sep 10, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

A religious vocation to serve in the Holy Land is demanding, but there is nothing like walking where Christ walked... Read more

Juan Pablo Hernandez.

Seminarian: Despite devastation, faith has grown in Venezuela  

Aug 21, 2018

When Juan Pablo Hernandez returns to his home in the Archdiocese of Maracaibo, Venezuela next year, he will face a... Read more

Polish priest walking, as part of the "prayer of priestly hearts and feet" vocations pilgrimage. Courtesy photo

Why some Polish priests are on a pilgrimage 'relay' this summer

Jul 20, 2018

There are 900 priests and almost 100 seminarians in the Archdiocese of Czestochowa. But the people of this Polish diocese... Read more

Cover of the instruction on consecrated virgins, Ecclesia sponsae imago.

Read Vatican guide to consecrated virginity with discernment, canonist says

Jul 16, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

A new Vatican instruction on the role of consecrated virginity has drawn criticism from an American group, which says that... Read more

Priestly ordinations in the Diocese of Wichita, May 26, 2018.

What’s the secret sauce in Wichita’s vocations boom?

Jun 7, 2018

By Mary Farrow

Father Chad Arnold, vocations director in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, is hesitant to dole out advice about how a... Read more

Twins consecrated to Virgin Mary in infancy become priest, nun

May 13, 2018

As infants, Monica and Cristian Moya were hovering on the verge of death. But after their mother consecrated them to... Read more

Father Javier Olivera and Sister Marie de la Sagasse.

They were going to get married. Now he's a priest and she's a sister

Apr 12, 2018

Before discovering their vocations, Fr. Javier Olivera and Sister Marie de la Sagesse were engaged and planning their wedding. God... Read more

Franciscan brother.

What is it like to be a religious brother?

Dec 26, 2017

By Mary Farrow

When Brother Jim Peterson, OFM Cap., was in middle school and high school, he felt like every time someone prayed... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 27, 2017.

Pope Francis: God is calling you. Don’t make excuses.

Dec 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Do not wait to begin living out your vocation, Pope Francis said on Monday, encouraging people to stop making excuses... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 22, 2015.

Vocations that only seek to 'climb the ladder' are dead, Pope says

Sep 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Saturday, Pope Francis told Colombia's priests and religious that vocations come from a variety of different backgrounds and flourish... Read more

Priests and bishops at the canonization Mass of the Martins, Fr. Grossi, and Sister Maria on October 18, 2015 in St. Peter's Square.

An answer to prayers: priestly ordinations reach new peak in Scotland

Jul 10, 2017

Twelve men are set to be ordained priests in Scotland this year, a 20-year high that Catholic leaders credited to... Read more

Why married priests won't really fix the shortage

Jun 18, 2017

By Mary Farrow

In 1970, there was one priest for every 800 Catholics in the United States.    Read more

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

Catholic Church grows as Americas, Europe trail in priestly vocations

Apr 6, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

According to Vatican statistics released Thursday, the Church in the Americas lags behind globally when it comes to the number... Read more


From Yale to the seminary: a neuroscientist's story

Apr 4, 2017

Jaime Maldonado-Aviles thought that he would be spending his life behind microscopes at Yale as a neuroscientist. But his life... Read more

Pope Francis greets a local priest during his visit to the

Don't fret about numbers, but your mission, Pope tells Milan religious

Mar 25, 2017

By Elise Harris

During his daytrip to Milan Saturday, Pope Francis told the diocese’s priests and religious not to fear the challenges that... 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 hands rosaries to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his general audience May 4, 2016.

A new 'vocational culture' is needed in the Church, Pope Francis says

Jan 5, 2017

By Elise Harris

A fresh and courageous perspective is needed when it comes to helping youth discern and discover their vocation, Pope Francis... Read more

Ordinandi lay prostrate during the Litany of Saints during an Ordination Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Sept. 29, 2016.

Want to aid vocations? Helping reduce debt is key, this group says

Jan 1, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Personal and student debt can slow down or prevent prospective seminarians and aspirants to religious orders from pursuing their vocations,... Read more

A priest walks through St. Peter's Square.

Society needs priests 'enamored' with the Gospel, Pope Francis says

Dec 1, 2016

By Elise Harris

In his message for the 2017 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis focused on the need to be... Read more

A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vaticans Apostolic Palace.

In latest meeting, Synod of Bishops finalizes preparatory doc for 2018

Nov 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

The Synod of Bishops met in Rome this week to finalize the preparatory document and questionnaire that will form the... Read more