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A rapid surge of interest in priestly vocations in the Diocese of…

A while back I posted about the surge of vocations in the Diocese of Madison under the influence of the Extraordinary Ordinary, Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino, the diocesan bishop.  It’s a small diocese, but there are more than 30 … Read More

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UPDATE: D. Madison: Bp. Morlino and the surge of priestly vocations (Parts 1 & 2)

I updated this with Part 2 from the WSJ, below.  Read about a seminarian who will say the TLM. To make a donation to the Diocese of Madison and to earmark it for seminarians, click HERE. Once you click the … Read More

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The Last Altar Boy

The often amusing Eye of the Tiber has this: The last male altar server in the United States has officially called it quits, the boy’s family is reporting this morning. The 3-year altar server veteran, who remained at his post as cross bearer despite pressure … Read More

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ESOLEN: How to kill vocations – Feminize everything!

Ultra Fr. Z kudos to Anthony Esolen at Crisis who has a must-read, do-not-miss, go-there-to-read-it-now piece about making the Church effeminate and, thereby, killing vocations to the priesthood. How to Kill Vocations in Your Diocese ANTHONY ESOLEN Cardinal Raymond Burke … Read More

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Tough love about the priest shortage

You know that I am not a fan of The Bitter Pill (aka The Tablet).  That said, there is a something striking, striking as in “nail on the head”, from a seasoned priest which you should read. This is from Fr. Mark Minihane … Read More

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Key stats for vocations to the priesthood – POLLS

The USCCB released survey results of the 2014 class of ordinands (from Latin, ordinandi, or “men to be ordained”).  HERE 82% were altar boys 73% attended adoration of the Blessed Sacrament regularly Suggestion to parish priests… heck… let’s include bishops, too: … Read More

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The key to increasing vocations

It seems to me that if we want to see an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life, we have to start praying more specifically about what we really want and about what we are willing to give. … Read More

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D. Trenton: Guardians of the Altar

Watch the libs have a spittle-flecked nutty about this one! I see that at the Cathedral of the Diocese of Trenton, where Bp. David O’Connell reigns, there is a group called the “Guardians of the Altar”.  This, according to the … Read More

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A prayer for vocations

In light of my post about the 20 year high in vocations to the priesthood in these USA, I received this: Thank you for your Blog. I saw the article you posted on the increase of Priestly Vocations. Thanks be … Read More

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US 20 year high for vocations to priesthood

There is a video interview on Wall Street Journal about a new book which explains that vocations to the priesthood are at a 20 year high. The interviewer is surprised!  She wanted to know if the Church be being more … Read More

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CRI DE COEUR: “If there were no more priests hardly anyone would be crying about it.”

At Rorate I saw something (translated there from Italian) from the blog Radicati nella fede, for the Catholic community of Domodossola and Vocogno in the Diocese of Novara. This is a cri de coeur, if there ever was one. My … Read More

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WDTPRS POLL: All-male sanctuary/altar service and vocations to the priesthood.

I have posted this poll before, but in light of another post, I thought I would revisit the question. Please select a response and make comments on this subject in the combox, below. And, yes, I know that some churches … Read More

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Why do liberals try to make religious life so … small?

Since there is a great deal of liberal hooting at the latest women religious, LCWR, Bus-Nun type goat rodeo, let’s turn the clock back a bit and look at something at Religion and Politics about the Nashville Dominicans. The article is … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Diocese asking everyone at Mass to extend arms and “bless” the priest

From a reader: Diocese of Albany is asking all Mass attendees to participate in ritual of extending our arms and praying and blessing the priest who just said Mass.  Part of their “Called by Name” vocations pitch. I didn’t hold … Read More

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Friar by friar.

Friar by friar. Here’s something to cheer the heart. The Official Studentate Photo for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph These are the men in the Easter Province of the USA. Vocations.  It’s not rocket science. Speaking of vocations… [CUE … Read More

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EMBER DAYS

The September Ember Days (Wed, Fri, Sat) traditionally follow the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (14 September). These days were penitential in spirit.  They were also traditional times for ordinations. If nothing else, pray during these Ember … Read More

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A Prayer For Vocations

Please use the sharing buttons!  Thanks! Here is a prayer that perhaps parish priests will pick up and use at all Sunday and Holy Day Masses, perhaps immediately after the Gospel: LEADER: Please kneel for our prayer for vocations. ALL: … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Surprised by a Communion Service with a lay leader

From a reader: Whilst on holiday in Bournemouth, UK I called into one of the RC churches to say a few prayers. It seemed as though Mass was about to begin but, to my great shock, a lay woman went … Read More

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QUAERIT… well… Cri de Coeur: Convent closing for lack of vocations

From a reader: I need to thank you for encouraging us all to attend the EF of the mass. Although there is no EF mass within a few hours drive of where I live (so sad, I know) I have … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Word and Communion services with a deacon permissible?

From a reader: We have a shortage of priests in our diocese in England, not so short that we can’t have Sunday Mass. but occasionally weekday Mass might not be available in a Parish. When are these services of Word … Read More

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