News in Vocations

It's high time Indian religious sisters broke their silence

It's high time Indian religious sisters broke their silence

by: Myron J. Pereira, Mumbai - UCANews in Religious,

A recent report commissioned by the Conference of Religious Women in India, "It’s High Time, Women Religious speak up on Gender Justice in the Indian Church," edited by Hazel D’Lima, Cletus Zuzarte and Pallavi Xalxo, brings this out sharply. The hierarchy of the Church, the report says, is steeped in patriarchy. This contributes in no small way to its oppression of all women — but to religious sisters in particular. 

Do former religious deserve such discrimination?

Do former religious deserve such discrimination?

by: Cao Gia An, SJ - UCAN (hdgmvietnam.com) in Religious,

Religious life is a bumpy road and both the 'successful' and the 'failures' need prayers, love and support. Do you see something wrong when people compare ex-religious with the devil and ghosts? There are many unfair prejudices and blatant discrimination against former religious in Vietnamese culture.

The Way of Ignatius: A Spiritual Portrait of Dialectical Oppositions

The Way of Ignatius: A Spiritual Portrait of Dialectical Oppositions

by: Maurice Giuliani, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Religious,

Ignatius is born in 1491: Catholic Spain is completing the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula and consolidating its unity and the triumph of its faith; monarchs (and Christopher Columbus too) see themselves as invested with a divine mission. Ignatius dies in 1556 at the height of the Renaissance, which has succeeded in developing a new conception of humanity and its relationship with God.

The diplomat’s vocation

The diplomat’s vocation

by: Philip McDonagh - The Tablet in Lay,

Must international relations be only a game of power, or is there a role for diplomats as builders of a shared civilisation in a world where people disagree? My understanding of diplomacy goes back to a moment of epiphany when I was a student. 

The former marine commando who's now a Trappist abbot

The former marine commando who's now a Trappist abbot

by: La Croix International staff | France in Religious,

The Trappists at the Abbey of Notre-Dame d'Acey in eastern France can now rely on more than just divine protection after the community's recent abbatial election.The 28 monks last March elected Dom Godefroy Raguenet De Saint-Albin, a former marine commando, to be the spiritual father of their monastery, which is located about 35 miles east of Dijon heading towards the Swiss border.

The Vision and Mission of TICLA

The Vision and Mission of TICLA

by: Fr. Henry Omonisaye, CMF in Religious,

TICLA is the acronym for Theological Institute of Consecrated Life for Africa. It is a Theological Institute that will focus primarily on Consecrated Life as a form of life and vocation in the Church. We have 2 Institutes each in Europe and Asia. We think it would be important to establish one in Africa given the number of Religious Institutes in Africa and some locally founded Institutes that would require a lot of help and formation in building up their vision and charism for the good of the Church in Africa.

Coffee and catechism

Coffee and catechism

by: Pierre Cochez - La Croix International in Lay,

In San Joaquin, which is a part of the municipality of Pantelho, people speak the indigenous language Tzeltal. Manuel Guzman Perez lives here with his wife and three children.The 30-year-old farmer cultivates coffee on the six hectares that were allocated by the community to his parents and their seven children.

Patience is not a sign of weakness

Patience is not a sign of weakness

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

Patience is not a sign of weakness, but the strength of spirit, pope tells religiousConsecrated men and women need to be patient and courageous to keep advancing, exploring new paths, and responding to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, says Francis.

The Economy of Francesco and Young People

The Economy of Francesco and Young People

by: Gaël Giraud, SJ - La Civiltà Cattolica in Lay,

 Pope Francis invited young economists from around the world to meet and reflect on how to “change the current economy and give a soul to the economy of tomorrow.” He invited to participate in this broad, shared discernment, all those who today are beginning to study and practice an economics that is different from the one he rejected in the first chapter of his encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.