News in Vocations

Richard Rohr – Franciscan spirituality

Richard Rohr – Franciscan spirituality

by: Jon M. Sweeney - The Tablet in Religious,

The Franciscan friar and spiritual writer Richard Rohr discusses his new book, his recent illnesses and the prospects for reform in the Catholic Church. And What’s next for you, Richard? 

Environmentalist and member of Catholic order found dead in Peru

Environmentalist and member of Catholic order found dead in Peru

by: Rose Gamble - The Tablet in Religious,

"Education is often accused of inciting people to understand their rights, to be capable of organising themselves to ensure their human rights. "If that's a crime, then yes, I'm guilty. As a member of a Catholic order my life's been dedicated to human and Christian education."

Vatican clears Indian nun for sainthood

Vatican clears Indian nun for sainthood

by: ucanews.com reporter, Kochi, India in Religious,

India will soon have a new saint after Kerala-born nun Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan was cleared for canonization by the Vatican.  Pope Francis has authorized the Congregation for the Cause of Saints to publish a decree recognizing a miracle through the intercession of the nun, the Vatican announced on Feb. 13.

Wendy Beckett - RIP

Wendy Beckett - RIP

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Religious,

On December 26th, 2018, the family of art and the family of faith lost a cherished member. Sr. Wendy Beckett, aged 88, famed art critic, committed woman of faith, and nurturing friend to many, died.

Sister Wendy Beckett

Sister Wendy Beckett

by: Rachel Gregory-The Tablet in Religious,

Others will write of Sister Wendy Beckett, who found fame in the 1990s with her popular TV documentaries, as an art critic and public figure. This is a tribute to a woman for whom God was her very life. Born in South Africa, Sr Wendy joined the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, a teaching order, in 1947 at the age of 16.

Don't be afraid of crises, pope tells Jesuits

Don't be afraid of crises, pope tells Jesuits

by: Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service in Religious,

Jesuits are called upon to offer themselves to others and "take care of the world that God loves." Jesuits are called upon to live on the outskirtsin delicate situations, and "in the deserts of humanity." They may find themselves "like a lamb among wolves, but they must not battle the wolves, they must only be a lamb," never becoming like the wolves, so that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, will know "where his lamb is."

 The surprising alliance between nuns and religious ‘Nones’

The surprising alliance between nuns and religious ‘Nones’

by: Claire Zulkey - US Catholic in Religious,

The Nuns & Nones origin story is almost disappointingly practical. In 2016 Santa Fe-based minister Wayne Muller visited retreat centers of women religious in the Midwest shortly after he led a retreat for 25 Millennials involved in social justice work—a growing group of young adults who considered themselves spiritually oriented but not affiliated with a specific religion (aka “Nones”)

19 Algerian martyrs to be beatified in December

19 Algerian martyrs to be beatified in December

by: Mélinée Le Priol - L Croix International in Religious,

The Tibhirine monks as well as Bishop Pierre Claverie and eleven other Catholic religious were killed during Algeria's 'dark decade'. Ultimately, it was decided to hold the event in Oran, the city of Bishop Claverie at the time of his assassination on Aug. 1, 1996.

Bangladeshi nun on mission to heal hearts

Bangladeshi nun on mission to heal hearts

by: Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka - UCAN in Religious,

Sister Gloria, the sixth of nine children, has dedicated her life to serving God and healing the hearts of people suffering various forms of psychological distress in this Muslim-majority South Asian nation.

New instructions for the contemplative life of women

New instructions for the contemplative life of women

by: La Croix International staff - Vatican City in Religious,

Pope provides precise guidelines regarding practical and spiritual aspects pertaining to founding and running of monasteries for contemplative nuns. The document, Cor Orans ("Praying Heart") is a follow-up instruction on implementing Pope Francis' 2016 document Vultum Dei Quaerere ("Seeking the Face of God"). These documents safeguard the identity and mission of contemplative nuns.