News in Priests

Particular charisms, such as priesthood, come more like the dawn than a lightning bolt

Particular charisms, such as priesthood, come more like the dawn than a lightning bolt

by: Sara Maitland-The Tablet in Priests,

This month we are “losing” our parish priest – he is being deployed elsewhere in the diocese, and cannot be replaced because there is no one to replace him. What were within living memory seven independent parishes will be served by a single priest. It is challenging, exciting and sad (particularly for the congregations that will lose their Sunday Mass). I will, no doubt, be telling you all how we get on! But so far what it has done is made me think about “vocations”.

Fears that Scotland will run out of priests

Fears that Scotland will run out of priests

by: Brian Morton-The Tablet in Priests,

THE VOCATIONS crisis in Scotland has intensified with the expectation that there will be only one man ordained to the priesthood this year, writes Brian Morton.There were just three ordinations to the priesthood in Scotland in 2014, igniting fears that the Church may run out of priests in the foreseeable future. 

Hundreds of US priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

Hundreds of US priests ask Synod to stand firm on Church teaching

by: Mary Rezac - Catholic News Agency in Priests,

Nearly 1,000 United States priests made their own a petition to the fathers of the upcoming Synod, originally made public and signed by nearly 500 English priests. The statement’s wording is exactly that of the English version, and urges the fathers of the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family to issue a “clear and firm” proclamation of Church teaching on marriage and sexuality.

Central African Republic priest puts religious differences aside to save lives

Central African Republic priest puts religious differences aside to save lives

by: Geoffrey York - The Globe and Mail in Priests,

In the chaos of the Central African Republic, peace remains an illusion. But amidst the sectarian killings, the mob lynchings and mutilations, there are still some heroes. One of them is Catholic priest Xavier-Arnauld Fagba, who opened his church doors to protect nearly 700 Muslims from near-certain death.

He can celebrate mass again

He can celebrate mass again

by: Antonia Blumberg - Huffington Post in Priests,

Pope Francis has reinstated Father Miguel D'Escoto 29 years after he was suspended from priestly duties for his involvement in Nicaragua's revolutionary government in the 1970s, Catholic News Service reports..

John XXIII lived with keen sense of humor

John XXIII lived with keen sense of humor

by: Emily Antenucci and Carol Glatz CNS in Priests,

Pope Francis, who will canonize "the Good Pope," recalled his predecessor as being holy, patient and a man of courage, especially by calling the Second Vatican Council. "He was a man who let himself be guided by the Lord," Pope Francis has said.  Blessed John XXIII is remembered by many for his warmth, simplicity, social conscience and sense of humor.

Walsingham: seminarians called to be missionary disciples

Walsingham: seminarians called to be missionary disciples

by: Independent Catholic News in Priests,

The Bishops of England and Wales met with seminarians and staff from across the country at Walsingham on Saturday 14 September. The meeting followed similar meetings in 2010 at Oscott College during the Pope's State Visit to the UK and on the anniversary of that visit in 2011 at Westminster Cathedral.

The Priesthood and the Choice

The Priesthood and the Choice

by: Jeffrey Tucker in Priests,

There is something wonderfully implausible about the priesthood, something radical and even revolutionary. God bless the men who follow their calling to lead us all to something higher and more spectacular than the rest of the world can offer. 

Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

Saved from abortion, Chilean twin brothers are now priests

by: CNA News in Priests,

Two twin brothers in Chile say that their mother’s determination in protecting them from abortion despite the advice of doctors helped to foster their vocations to the priesthood. “How can I not defend the God of life?” said Fr. Paulo Lizama.

Be Pastors not Functionaries, Pope says to new priests

Be Pastors not Functionaries, Pope says to new priests

by: V.I.S. in Priests,

 “Now ... you are to be raised to the Order of the Priesthood. For your part you will exercise the sacred duty of teaching in the name of Christ the Teacher. Impart to everyone the Word of God which you have received with joy. Remember your mothers, your grandmothers, your catechists, who gave you the Word of God, the faith ... the gift of faith! 

Pope Benedict's Message for Vocations Sunday 2013

Pope Benedict's Message for Vocations Sunday 2013

by: Pope Benedict Emeritus in Priests,

Dear young people, do not be afraid to follow him and to walk the demanding and courageous paths of charity and generous commitment! In that way you will be happy to serve, you will be witnesses of a joy that the world cannot give, you will be living flames of an infinite and eternal love, you will learn to "give an account of the hope that is within you" (1 Pt 3:15)! 

Pope prays for vocations to priesthood

Pope prays for vocations to priesthood

by: David Kerr in Priests,

On Sunday, the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Benedict XVI asked families, communities and local parishes to help young men in discerning their vocation to the priesthood.  “In particular, families are the first environment into which ‘breathes’ the love of God, which gives inner strength even in the midst of the difficulties and trials of life.”

Priesthood attracts converts

Priesthood attracts converts

by: The Tablet in Priests,

 At least ten per cent of men training for the priesthood in England and Wales are now from non-Catholic backgrounds, with up to half of seminarians in some dioceses raised outside the faith, according to figures obtained by The Tablet.

Salford priest addresses challenges of addiction

Salford priest addresses challenges of addiction

by: Catholic Herald in Priests,

 A priest from the Diocese of Salford has spoken passionately about the importance of developing “recovery communities” at an event to mark the launch of a pioneering project. Fr James McCartney, chief executive of the Blackburn-based charity THOMAS, talked about the challenge of turning people away from “the chaos of addiction” during a keynote speech to statutory and voluntary sector organisations.