News in Vocations

Religious sister made MBE for her work to end modern slavery

Religious sister made MBE for her work to end modern slavery

by: Rose Gamble , James Macintyre - The Tablet in Religious,

Sister Imelda, made MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, is a key ally in Her Majesty’s Government’s campaign to eradicate modern slavery. She is joined by the prominent Catholic, James (Jimmy) Burns, who was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to UK and Spain relations.

Times are changing and these cloistered nuns are adapting

Times are changing and these cloistered nuns are adapting

by: Kristen Whitney Daniels - US Catholic.org in Religious,

Much like the Poor Clare Colettine nuns, other traditionally monastic and cloistered communities are reevaluating the role that social media and technology play within their walls. While some communities have been active on the internet since its existence, others are just starting their foray into Facebook and Twitter. And as with other technological changes, communities are again being asked to consider where society ends and the cloister begins.

Nuns in Indian slum toil for women's dignity

Nuns in Indian slum toil for women's dignity

by: Saji Thomas - UCAN in Religious,

Bishop Karotemprel, who founded the congregation in 1989, said the nuns have helped "thousands of voiceless domestic workers" like Asharf to find "their place and value in their families and society." The 84-year-old bishop said he founded the congregation to help poor women in what was a newly developing diocese. "Thousands of people were living in the slums. 

Paul VI and Romero examples for today

Paul VI and Romero examples for today

by: Nicolas Senèze, Rome - La Croix International in Priests,

It is not surprising that these two 20th century figures will be put forward as models to the youth of the 21st  century by being canonized, the first at the end of the Youth Synod in October, and the either at the same synod, or, more probably, during the World Youth Days in Panama, in January 2019.

Congregation of Vietnamese nuns celebrates 300 years

Congregation of Vietnamese nuns celebrates 300 years

by: ucanews.com reporter, Hue, Vietnam in Religious,

A congregation of nuns in central Vietnam has started a jubilee year to mark its efforts in bearing witness to Catholicism and serving the poor for 300 years. Archbishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh of Hue celebrated at the opening Mass on March 21 to mark the 300th anniversary of the establishment of Lovers of the Holy Cross congregation in Hue.

The Passing of a Good Shepherd

The Passing of a Good Shepherd

by: Ron Rolheiser, OMI in Priests,

Last month a wonderful leader within the faith community in Canada died and it could profit us all to more fully receive his spirit. His life, his energy, and his leadership helped steady us in our faith and helped us to use our own gifts more fully to serve God. Who was this man?  Joseph Neil MacNeil, Emeritus Archbishop of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Thousands venerate slain Indian nun on first feast day

Thousands venerate slain Indian nun on first feast day

by: Saji Thomas - UCAN in Religious,

Her assassin Singh also attended the Mass and special prayers for her beatification. He now leads the life of a farmer after serving a prison term. He has publicly expressed his repentance for the crime, seeking forgiveness from the nun's family.

XXII World Day For Consecrated Life

XXII World Day For Consecrated Life

by: Pope Francis - Vatican.va in Religious,

May we never look at the screen of our cellphone more than the eyes of our brothers or sisters, or focus more on our software than on the Lord. For whenever we put our own projects, methods and organization at the centre, consecrated life stops being attractive; it no longer speaks to others; it no longer flourishes because it forgets its very foundations, its very roots.

New Catholic Convent to open in UK

New Catholic Convent to open in UK

by: The Tablet - Jan 2018 in Religious,

The newest religious community in the UK has just received the keys to its very first convent – a converted barn complex near Dereham in Mid Norfolk.  The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham began life in 2004 in the Slipper Chapel at Walsingham. It grew out of a London vocations group that began in 1999, then became a discernment community called Cornerstone, housed in Whitechapel by the late Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.