News in Vocations

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. 

Spanish cloistered nuns see surge in vocations

Spanish cloistered nuns see surge in vocations

by: Catholic News Agency in Religious,

The Spanish daily El Pais, could not resist publishing an extensive report on Sr. Veronica.  According to the newspaper, she “has become the biggest phenomenon in the Church since Teresa of Calcutta,” as “she has made the old convent of Lerma into an attractive recruiting banner for female vocations, with 135 professional women with a median age of 35.

 Nun working in Aleppo says families all over city live in fear

Nun working in Aleppo says families all over city live in fear

by: Simon Caldwell - Catholic News Service in Religious,

A religious sister working with Christian families in Aleppo, Syria, has criticized Western media for their allegedly biased coverage of the six-year conflict. Sister Annie Demerjian, a member of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary, questioned why Western journalists focused on the plight of people in areas held by rebels and jihadis but seldom those in regions controlled by the government of Bashar Assad.

Mother Teresa: ‘An extraordinary witness to fidelity’

Mother Teresa: ‘An extraordinary witness to fidelity’

by: James Martin - The Tablet in Religious,

Much of her story is familiar. But there is one facet of her life, revealed only after her death, that astonished even those who knew her well. And it is this hidden aspect that makes her an even more compelling figure, a saint for our times. The great secret was that shortly after her momentous train ride to Darjeeling, after a time of feeling intensely close to God, Mother Teresa experienced a spiritual darkness for the rest of her life.

10 of Mother Teresa’s most inspirational quotes

10 of Mother Teresa’s most inspirational quotes

by: Megan Griffiths - Catholic Herald in Religious,
  1. “Yesterday is gone and tomorrow has not yet come; we must live each day as if it were our last so that when God calls us we already, and prepared, to die with a clean heart.” – A Simple Path, 1995  “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
Lessons learnt from Saint Theresa of Kolkata

Lessons learnt from Saint Theresa of Kolkata

by: Fr. Joseph Santiago CMF in Religious,

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, the future Mother Teresa, was born on 26 August 1910, in Skopje, Macedonia, to Albanian heritage. Her father (Dranafile Bojaxhiu), a well-respected local businessman, died when she was eight years old, leaving her mother (Dranafile Bojaxhiu), a devoutly religious woman, to open an embroidery and cloth business to support the family.


Lessons Learnt from Amoris Laetitia, the Joy of Love, of Pope Francis

Lessons Learnt from Amoris Laetitia, the Joy of Love, of Pope Francis

by: Fr. Joseph Santiago CMF in Married,

 Amoris laetitia is a post-synodal apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis. It follows the Synods on the Family held in 2014 and 2015. Amoris Laetitia (The JOY of LOVE) will be a valuable guide for all those engaged in ministry to those discerning and preparing for marriage and to married couples and families at all stages. 

Letter from religious leaders of Britain following the Brexit ·

Letter from religious leaders of Britain following the Brexit ·

by: l´Osservatore Romano in Discernment,

Unity and solidarity. “One clear lesson of history is that, in times of uncertainty, people instictively crave the familiar. When fear sets in, it is no more than human nature to seek comfort in the familiar. But such fear must not be allowed to breed mistrust of ‘the other’”: These are the words of the open letter recently published in The Times in London,