News in Vocations

The pro-democracy activist who became a priest

The pro-democracy activist who became a priest

by: Ryan Dagur, Jakarta - UCAN in Priests,

Stefanus Hendrianto, 45, was among the ranks of students involved in the pro-democracymovement in Indonesia in 1998 that finally brought down the authoritarian Suharto regime after 31 years of iron-fisted rule. He was a law student at Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta, and went to Jakarta to join other students in the anti-Suharto protests. 

Nuns bring hope to ethnic people in Vietnam

Nuns bring hope to ethnic people in Vietnam

by: ucanews.com reporter, Dong Ha - Vietnam in Religious,

"All my services aim at expressing my deep gratitude to Catholic nuns who have helped improve the material and spiritual life of our ethnic communities for decades," he said. Supporters of the Holy Cross nuns offer education scholarships to children and, as a result, many become teachers at local public schools. 

‘Our hope lies in Jesus Christ’

‘Our hope lies in Jesus Christ’

by: Blanche Girouard - The Tablet in Priests,

In the fifth in our series lifting the lid on the experience of being a priest today, a young Pole who is priest-in-charge of a parish in the Scottish Highlands reflects on the joy of serving in a Church that is being stripped of its wealth and prestige.

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.