News in Vocations

Filipino nun brings hope to disaster-scarred communities

Filipino nun brings hope to disaster-scarred communities

by: Mark Saludes, Iligan City - UCAN in Religious,

For two months now, Sister Betsy Espana has brought food aid to displaced families, some of the almost 400,000 people affected by armed clashes between government troops and terrorist gunmen. The nun from Our Lady of Triumph of the Cross congregation said she wants to perform her mission "out of the spotlight," saying that she is there with the people "to serve them."

Mother Teresa's birth anniversary celebrated

Mother Teresa's birth anniversary celebrated

by: Anne Nigli, Kolkata - UCA News in Religious,

The Missionaries of Charity congregation that St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta founded continues to grow even in difficult areas, says its present superior as they celebrated the 107th birth anniversary of the saint, the first such celebration after her canonization.

Apology to Cardiff priests over stag party mix-up at pub

Apology to Cardiff priests over stag party mix-up at pub

by: BBC - News in Priests,

The seven Roman Catholic priests had gone to The City Arms to toast Father Peter McClaren being ordained when they were initially asked to move on. Pub bosses have apologised after asking a group of priests to leave their Cardiff venue, mistaking them for a stag party in fancy dress.

Nun offers lifeline to refugees who fled Timor Leste

Nun offers lifeline to refugees who fled Timor Leste

by: Konradus Epa, Atambua - UCA News in Religious,
Former refugees of Timor Leste share in the life-giving love of Indonesian nun Nun offers lifeline to refugees who fled Timor Leste. Holy Spirit Sister Sisilia Ketut together with a group of women to whom she loaned money to start small businesses in Atambua, western Timor. Rostiana Bareto, 49, experienced tough living conditions as a refugee when she and her family settled in Atambua, western Timor, on the border with Indonesia.
Former Manchester United footballer ordained as priest

Former Manchester United footballer ordained as priest

by: BBC - News in Priests,

The former Northern Ireland footballer Philip Mulryne has been ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Dominican Order. Fr Mulryne, who is reported to have once earned £600,000 a year, has also taken a vow of poverty. He was ordained in Dublin on Saturday 8 July by Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia. 

New Horizons in Consecrated Life

New Horizons in Consecrated Life

by: Fr. Angel Ochagavia, cmf in Religious,
With this anthology of texts the four Institutes of Consecrated Life run by the Claretian Missionaries want to offer to the English speaking public some of its practical theological reflections. There are nine articles, wirtten by eight different authors; 242 pages of solid and inspiring reflections. Price: £8. We hope that these reflections also serve as a stimulus to continue the task of “practical theology” of a consecrated life called to be innovative from its extraordinary tradition.
The 'fatherhood of a priest'

The 'fatherhood of a priest'

by: Father Amado Picardal C.Ss.R, Manila - UCANews in Priests,

The 'fatherhood of a priest' Instead of forming a family, a priest forms and leads a Christian community The 'fatherhood of a priest'. There was a flood of "Happy Father's Day" greetings on social media this week. One message I received reads: "Though biologically you are not, but in all aspects truly you are. This day belongs to you too."

African nun shares 'goodness of life' with Filipino poor

African nun shares 'goodness of life' with Filipino poor

by: Mark Saludes - UCAN Manila in Religious,

Sister Isabel's experiences in Mozambique civil war inspire her to help Manila's needy African nun shares 'goodness of life' with Filipino poor. Born in 1969 to parents who lost three older children to sickness, Isabel views life as a gift. 

Precarious situation of the 800 monasteries in Spain

Precarious situation of the 800 monasteries in Spain

by: Vida Nueva in Religious,

 In Spain, a cloistered monastery is closed every month, mainly due to the advanced age of the nuns and economic difficulties. The lack of young vocations and the lack of income precipitate closures and force some communities to ask for help from food banks, according to a report prepared by Vida Nueva magazine.