News in Vocations

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.

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.