The Van de Voorde family bolsters their six children to find vocations, religious or martial.
WASHINGTON — Looking back on the moment she knelt before the
altar of the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist in Stamford, Conn., to profess
her perpetual vows as a Sister of Life, Sister Grace Dominic said it didn't
feel like the end of an eight-year path of discernment, through postulancy and
Six new permanent deacons will be ordained at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More on Jan. 14.
The reluctance of parents to encourage their children to
enter religious life is the biggest challenge facing Father
Joseph Kim in his role as director of vocations and
seminarians in the Diocese of San Jose, Calif. "The sense of
children being a gift from God is a conversion that needs to
take place," he said. "It's a challenge that needs to
Four women from the Arlington Diocese, including two former
members of the Catholic Herald staff, will soon enter
the next stage of their religious formation.
There is no slowing down this summer for Arlington
seminarians who return home from months of studying. As soon
as their respective schools close their doors, a different
type of learning begins with either work or a parish
VATICAN CITY - In an effort to help contemplative women
religious renew their life and mission in the church and the
world, Pope Francis issued a series of new rulings dealing
with formation, assets, prayer life, authority and autonomy.
Father Colin P. Davis was 10 years old when he looked up at
his mom and told her, "I think I want to be a priest." That
youthful prediction became a reality when Archbishop Timothy
P. Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services
ordained Davis and Joseph M. Rampino to the priesthood at the
Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington June 11.
VATICAN CITY - Like the Good Shepherd, good priests do not
privatize their time and demand to be left alone, but rather
are always willing to risk everything in search of the lost
sheep, Pope Francis said at the closing Mass of the Jubilee
for Priests and Seminarians.
The jubilant notes of "Lift High the Cross" rose to the top
of the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington June 4,
marking the beginning of this year's diaconate ordination
Mass. Diaconate candidates Stephen Vaccaro and Jordan Willard
waited in anticipation as they stood with their families in
the church pews during the opening procession. This year
Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori celebrated the
ordination Mass for Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde, who is
recovering from recent back surgery.
Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori will lay his hands on
the heads of two men during the ordination ceremony at the
Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington June 4 at 11 a.m.
The archbishop, who is substituting for Arlington Bishop Paul
S. Loverde, will ordain Jordan Willard and Stephen Vaccaro to
the diaconate. Their stories below provide a glimpse at their
backgrounds and some of the influences that helped them
answer the Lord's call.