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Priests’ group recommends revisions in U.S. priestly formation

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WASHINGTON — An organization of 1,200 priests has called for revisions in the way seminarians are prepared for ministry so that the U.S. Catholic Church can better address challenges that include declining membership and falling seminary enrollment.

The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests addressed five areas of concern, saying that priests must get closer to the people they serve and better understand what it means to be a disciple of Jesus as envisioned by Pope Francis.

The concerns were outlined in a March 29 letter and eight-page document sent to Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. Read more »

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Sister Jean Rohe, teacher of generations, celebrates 100

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ASTON, Pa. — Over the course of her ministry in education, Sister Jean Clare Rohe spent 27 years in the Diocese of Wilmington. What makes that extraordinary is that her first assignment in the diocese began in 1938, and her final one concluded in 2004.

Sister Jean’s three assignments in Wilmington are just a part of what she has accomplished in her first century. She turned 100 on March 12, “a simple farm girl that made good,” she said a few days before the big one. Her congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, celebrated at Assisi House in Aston, Pa., with a day that included Mass in her honor and a party that brought together some 65 family members and friends. Read more »

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Message of gratitude for National Catholic Sisters Week

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Dialog editor

My late mother was a devout Catholic for all of her 87 years and she raised her five children accordingly.

Like many of us, I remember her words almost to the point that it seems I remember everything she said. I do not, of course, and she would probably say she was surprised I was listening at all.
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‘This is my home’ proclaims Father (U.S. citizen) Ochoa

March 13th, 2018 Posted in Featured, Our Diocese, Vocations Tags:

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Father Carlos Ochoa had double reason to celebrate this week as he turned 40 on March 15, marking his first birthday as an American citizen.
Seventeen days earlier, on Feb. 26, Father Ochoa had taken the oath of citizenship in Philadelphia to become a citizen of the United States.
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Vocations office hosts young men in ‘Pass the Word’ at St. Mary’s

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Anyone considering vocations devotes prayerful reflection to a life in service to the Lord.

Young people especially can find themselves in various stages of thought to vocations.

That’s where “Pass the Word” in the Diocese of Wilmington helps continue the conversation among peers and mentors alike.

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Blessed Paul VI and Pope Francis share in confronting changes

February 25th, 2018 Posted in Vocations Tags:

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Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY — While Pope Francis thinks Blessed Paul VI wrote “the greatest pastoral document that has ever been written,” great writing does not make a pope a saint.

A saint is a person who has lived a holy life to an extraordinary degree. The Catholic Church officially has recognized thousands of women and men as saints, and it honors millions more, unnamed and unnoticed, on All Saints Day each November.

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‘Spiritual toolkit’ is cell phone app aimed at boosting vocations

January 10th, 2018 Posted in Featured, International News, Vocations Tags: ,

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Catholic News Service

MANCHESTER, England — The Catholic Church in England and Wales has launched a cellphone app designed to help users deepen their faith and discover their vocations.
The “God Calls” app was commissioned by the National Office for Vocation of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales as a “spiritual toolkit.”The app includes daily prayers and meditations on the Gospel and the lives of the saints, as well as a news section and Twitter feed to connect users to the life of the church.

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Papal message: ‘Vocation is today! The Christian mission is now!’

December 5th, 2017 Posted in Vatican News, Vocations

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Men and women contemplating a vocation to the priesthood, consecrated life or marriage should not be afraid because God wants only for them to experience the joy that comes from serving others, Pope Francis said.

“Our slowness and our sloth” should not delay a response and Christians need not be “fearful of our limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of the Lord,” the pope said in his message for the 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

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Layers of angels draw return Advent customers to senior care center

December 1st, 2017 Posted in National News, Vocations Tags: ,

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BEDFORD, Ohio — Sister Helen Scasny studied the wall of glass-enclosed cases stretching from floor to ceiling inside the entrance of Light of Hearts Villa, a senior care center in Bedford.

Almost 900 angel figurines of various ages, sizes and materials crowded well-lit shelves, but Sister Helen wouldn’t choose a favorite among them.

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After 27 years in military as chaplain, Father John Mink retires

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Father John J. Mink, pastor of St. Ann’s Parish in Wilmington, recently retired after 27 years of military service in the Delaware National Guard. The first 14 were in the Army National Guard and the last 13 in the Air National Guard at the New Castle County airport, a mere three minutes from his assignment at the time as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Wilmington Manor.

The close proximity allowed him to respond to deployments and crises involving airmen and their families quickly. Read more »

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