This morning (1st July) in the Holy See Press Office a presentation was given for the “Great Event of the Year of Faith, a Day for seminarians, novices, and all those who have taken the path of vocation”. The participants were Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, Archbishop Jose
Three men were ordained as Permanent Deacons in St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral in Dublin on Sunday evening (June 23rd). Jimmy Fennell, Michael Giblin and Derek Leonard are the second group of men to be ordained in Dublin to this revived ministry in the Irish Church. Last year eight were ordained to the permanent deaconate, for
The new director general of the Conference of Religious of Ireland has said one of his priorities will be to promote and develop religious life in Ireland. Capuchin Fr Peter Rodgers (68) replaces Ursuline Sr Marianne O’Connor as head of the umbrella body which represents 9,000 men and women religious in 136 congregations across the
Do not settle for a comfort zone and a routine, Bishop-Elect Denis Nulty told priests at jubilee celebrations in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth on 10 – 11th June 2013. “The dominant theme in the still very young pontificate of Pope Francis is ‘the periphery’, ‘the frontiers’ and ‘the outskirts’. In that detention centre, speaking to
The Minister of State for Trade and Development, Joe Costello, has paid tribute to the “enormous work” done by Irish missionaries throughout the world. Speaking to ciNews following his address to the ‘Mission, Today and Tomorrow’ conference in All Hallows in Dublin, Minister Costello said, “We feel that the work that they are doing is very
Watch some short clips from this new DVD which gives an intimate insight into the homes and hearts of people from the Archdiocese of Armagh as they fulfil their calling in life.
Candidates for the priesthood and religious life in Ireland today have a changed profile for that of pre-Vatican II times. Those now choosing seem to be older, more mature and to have more experience of life. The choice today may also be more counter-cultural and require a stronger personal faith. Patrick Duffy looks at some
Is there a changing profile of those interested in religious life today? Brother Edmund Garvey reports on a recent conference in Auckland, New Zealand addressing the challenges that the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers networks face today.
Conall Ó Cuinn SJ sees in the film “The Postman” a parable of vocation, a way God can call us to our destiny, just as he called St Ignatius to be the founder of the Jesuits, a band of men with a new way of serving God.
There seems to be only two vocations spoken of in the Church: to marriage or to religious life. What about single celibate people, who neither want to marry nor take Holy Orders or enter a religious congregation? Could ‘singledom’ be described as a vocation? John.