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April 21, 2015

Eye Opening Article: “Disorder among the Orders”

In 2008 I am wondering:

  • What became of the dissident orders listed below?
  • How has the model of the “sister who lives in an apartment alone and drinks beer on tap at the local watering hole” worked out?  Have folks like that stuck with the orders as the much older members needed care in nursing homes and the motherhouses got consolidated or sold?
  • What became of all the motherhouses?  We are just a few years away from a massive sell off of motherhouses that are the last homes to communities that no longer need them for formation.  For a number of them, they can’t today and most certainly won’t be able to use them in the next 10 years for existing members….  The combination of size, expense and unsuitability of a lot of these locations as nursing homes… And that is where the majority of today’s women religous who belong to the “Leadership Conference of Women Religious” will be – if they are still in this vale of tears – in the next 10-20 years.  Longevity for women who failed to have spiritual daughters will not prove to be a picnic.
  • Conversely, how are the Domincians in Nashville doing?  Ann Arbor?  What about in New Jersey?  How are the women of the Franciscans of the Eternal Word faring?  Are they in need of downsizing today?  Have they been forced into selling motherhouses for lack of bodies to fill them?
  • A recent study of 142 new or emerging communities of consecrated life by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University concluded that “the Catholic Church in the United States may be on the threshold of another cycle of rebirth in consecrated life — new groups of Catholics committed to a shared spirituality and the evangelical counsels [vows of poverty, chastity and obedience] that will address the changing times, concerns and needs in new and creative ways.”” – How did that play out?
  • What happened to the Basilian Sisters of Saint Basil the Great in Union Town?  Are they still at the motherhouse?
  • What happened to the Holy Cross Sisters at Notre Dame?


Monday, April 21, 2008

SOURCE: http://romancatholicvocations.blogspot.com/2008/04/eye-opening-article-disorder-among.html

Eye Opening Article: “Disorder among the Orders”

From Our Sunday Visitor

By Ann Carey
Emphases and (comments) mine – BW
With vocations shrinking and financial problems looming large, some women Religious find themselves at a crossroads
When leaders of Religious orders met with Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year, he praised and encouraged them, but also expressed concern that many orders are in crisis, with shrinking numbers, confusion over their role and identity, and even disagreement with Church teaching.

Speaking to a group of superiors general, Pope Benedict said that many orders are experiencing “a difficult crisis due to the aging of members, a more or less accentuated fall in vocations and, sometimes, a spiritual and charismatic weariness.”

Three days later, the pope met with leaders of the Jesuits and reminded them of their fundamental duty of “keeping the harmony with the magisterium, which avoids creating confusion and bewilderment among the people of God.”

It may seem strange to Catholics in the pews that Pope Benedict felt compelled to remind superiors that many Religious orders are in disarray and that they should be in harmony with the magisterium. After all, canon law says that sisters, brothers and priests in Religious orders are to be “totally dedicated to God” and to “the upbuilding of the Church.”

Yet, the pope was voicing the obvious: Many Religious orders that thrived for a century or more have given up their traditional work and common life and are struggling to decide who they are and how they relate to the Church.

Furthermore, many of the most outspoken Church dissidents are members of Religious orders, a fact that naturally raises this question: “How can one remain a member of a Religious order while at the same time rejecting Church teaching?”

While Religious orders of both men and women are struggling today, the men’s orders have remained more stable, probably because about three-quarters of the approximately 19,000 men Religious are priests, an identity that grounds them.

The crisis is more pronounced among women’s orders, which have about 65,000 members. What follows is a closer look at the current concerns about Religious orders via a focus on women Religious.

These include a loss of identity, shrinking vocations, retirement worries and at-risk property. Some of the sisters interviewed for this article asked not to be named out of concern for repercussions from their orders.

Some orders have lost a sense of themselves

Before the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), Religious sisters almost always lived in convents, where they shared Eucharist and common prayer with other sisters. They worked in their orders’ institutions in jobs like teachers, nurses, retreat leaders, counselors and administrators, and carried out their work in communion with the Church. They also understood their identity as vowed, consecrated persons dedicated to Jesus Christ and his Church — a role clearly defined by the Church.

When Vatican II documents directed Religious orders to update obsolete practices and to examine their lives and ministry according to their founders’ vision, confusion reigned in many orders. Some orders did manage to renew their practices — perhaps 10 percent to 20 percent of women’s orders — while maintaining their identity as consecrated Religious.

Pope Benedict alluded to those renewed orders in his remarks to superiors, saying they are a positive sign, “especially when communities have chosen to return to the origins and live in a way more in keeping with the spirit of the founder.”

However, many orders of women Religious went far beyond the mandates of Vatican II, even blurring the distinction between their vowed members and lay “associate members.” These orders have been outspoken in their efforts to “transform,” bring “systemic change” and “re-image” Religious life and Read the rest of this entry »

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Society of Saint Vincent Ferrier

November 25, 2009


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VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Institute Of Christ The King

May 12, 2009

Institute of Christ the King

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a society of priests in the Catholic Church that celebrates the liturgy in Latin in accordance with its constitutions and founding documents based on permissions granted by Rome. The Institute also preserves and patronizes traditional Latin Rite liturgical art and music and has undertaken the restoration and beautification of several churches. The Institute is a Society of Apostolic Life, whose rule of life is based generally on that of the secular canons. The Institute has its own choir dress adopted in 2006 and solemnly given to members by the Cardinal Archbishop of Florence. The Institute Read the rest of this entry »


December 23, 2008


The Children of Mary is a semi-contemplative community of Sisters forming in the diocese of Columbus (Ohio) under the guidance of Bishop Frederick Campbell. The Sisters spend time each day in humble adoration of Our Eucharistic King. We chant the Liturgy of the Hours (in English) and attend daily Mass. We serve our neighbor by praying and sacrificing for all of our brothers and sisters throughout the world, begging God to give grace to all to come to love and adore Him in the Most Holy Eucharist. Living simply and prayerfully, we seek ever deeper union with God. Each Sister spends part of each day in community prayer, work, recreation, adoration, and solitude, alone with God, in order to make ourselves available to God for the gift of contemplation, which deepens our love and increases our virtue. After preparation, each Sister consecrates her life to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary and makes an act of abandonment to God’s loving, divine Providence.

The Sisters study the Faith so as to grow in love and appreciation for the gift of Faith, and also in order to be able to share the Faith with those who come in search of truth. Gently, humbly, we wish to share with everyone the beauty of the Catholic Faith and the astounding reality that God is with us in the Holy Eucharist. We pray for a greater awareness and appreciation of God’s Presence with us in the Holy Eucharist so that the natural consequences of such understanding – reverence and adoration, will blossom throughout the world.

SEE: http://www.childrenofmary.net/

Children of Mary
8353 Pleasant Chapel Road
Newark, Ohio 43056 USA

Phone: 740-323-1977

E-mail: childrenofmary@juno.com

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Third Order Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

December 9, 2008

The Third Order Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate is an offshoot of the Franciscans Tertiaries of the Immaculate founded by Fr. Stefano Manelli, FI. They are totally dedicated to Our Lady sealed by the Marian vow of total consecration to the Immaculate, after the recent example of St. Maximilian Kolbe. They live a penitential life of prayer in community; have made private vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.


Starting the day with Morning Prayer, the Sisters go out to work in a variety of church related occupations centered in the parish. They also make and sell rosaries, rosary bracelets, and a variety of craft items to help support the FI missions. Spiritually united with the other Sisters, each sister prays the Angelus, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other community prayers. Living a life of love and joy in the Immaculate, the Sisters seek to make Our lady known and loved and to bring all to Christ through the Immaculate. Coming together for meals, the Sisters are spiritually renewed with readings from a variety of pious works.

The Sisters live in community, wear a traditional habit, and are in total conformity with the church magisterium. Under the guidance of the FI priests, the Sisters share the same charism and spirituality as the FI missionary friars and Sisters, and also evangelize through mission appeals to support the FI missions. The formation program consists of aspirancy, postulancy, novitiate, and profession. The Sisters accept candidates beginning with the age of 18, as well as delayed vocations. They have one retreat Sunday a month, make a variety of novenas during the year, pray the Stations of the Cross, Franciscan crown and have choir practice as well as other spiritual exercises throughout the month.

After coming together for evening prayer, the Sisters enjoy each other’s company at recreation. Closing the day with night prayers, the Sisters retire after singing a hymn to Our Lady enclosing themselves under her mantle with the knowledge that they have brought joy and solace to mission lands through their prayer and support of Our Lady’s missionaries.

If you are interested of knowing more about these sisters, please write or contact:

Franciscan Tertiary Sisters of the Immaculate
E-Mail: maryqueenofapostles@cox.net
Telephone (401) 725-8417

SOURCE: http://www.marymediatrix.com/religious-life/franciscan-tertiary-sisters-of-the-immaculate/

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Happy 20th Anniversary, Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP)

October 25, 2008

Today the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter celebrates the 20 anniversary of its canonical erection as a society of apostolic life of pontifical right by His Holiness of happy memory, Pope John Paul II. It began humbly with 11 priests and 1 deacon.

Today they are 300+ members strong with two packed seminaries – one in Austria and one in Nebraska.

Consider sending a birthday card with a $5 bill to:

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter
North American Headquarters
Griffin Rd, PO Box 196
Elmhurst, PA 18416

“Who would have thought that this small group of traditional, Latin rite priests would so quickly grow to over 300 members working and studying on 5 continents in the 17 different countries serving over 85 dioceses … and then become THE main force for the implementation of a papal decree expressly promoting the return of the traditional Latin Mass, now known as the “extraordinary form” of the Roman missal, as well as all the sacraments and devotions that go along with it?” (from: http://www.fssp.com/main/News071019.htm)

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Sisters of Mary, Mother of The Church

October 21, 2008

Sisters of Mary Mother Of The Church

Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church
Immaculate Heart Retreat Center
6910 S. Ben Burr Road
Spokane, WA 99223

An amazing story of a group of sisters who were fully reconciled to the Catholic Church just this year. Keep them in your prayers and – if possible – consider offering them whatever support that you may.

Forty Years on the Mount
by Matthew T. Gamber, SJ

Last July, 15 nuns from a schismatic convent in Washington state rejoined the Catholic Church. They left the motherhouse of the Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI), located on the outskirts of Spokane, to form a new congregation: the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church. They formally renounced their state of schism, made a profession of the Catholic faith, became a private association of the faithful under the care of Spokane Bishop William Skylstad, and recognized the legitimacy of the popes from Paul VI through Benedict XVI.

Their former order, which still has approximately 35 sisters, holds to the sedevacantist position that popes elected since John XXIII are invalid and that Vatican II was a heretical council.

The new order’s title reflects its pilgrimage to full communion with Rome. “Mary is our guide. With a title so ancient and yet so popular today, ‘Mother of the Church; she understands the need for unity in the Church,” explains Sister Mary Eucharista, one of the new sisters. “It may be that part of our mission is to help draw those into the Church who have been where we were. Who better to show us how to accomplish that than the Mother of the Church, to whom we give our loyalty and allegiance?”

While maintaining the full habit, the new Catholic sisters have Read the rest of this entry »

Those Poor Clares! (Well, Not Really…)

October 8, 2008

NOTE: The Franciscan sisters involved with this novel approach to tax evasion should NOT be confused with the Poor Clares of the Archdiocese!

The Not so Poor “Poor Clares” at Loyola Chicago

“For a church organization to hide behind this tax scam, a tax scam for millionaires, you are denying needed revenue to schools, hospitals and public transportation,” Novak told the I-Team when we first reported the story, “Building Resentment” in January.

Like Euro-nobles whose bank accounts are empty, but whose wine cellars still have a few cases left…

Once again the patrimony of the Church – bought and paid for with the contributions of poor, working class Americans who sacrificed mightily to buy property and build beautiful buildings – is being co-opted to fund the now-dying communities that own them.


Conception Benedictine Abbey Blessed With Vocations

September 30, 2008

5 bob to Roman Catholic Vocations which reports:

 “Conception Abbey Blessed With VocationsPhoto at left – from left, Brothers Paul Sheller, Victor Schinstock, Guerric Letter, Pachomius Meade, Anselm Broom, Abbot Gregory Polan, Brothers David Wilding, Placid Dale, Macario Martinez, Bernard Montgomery, and Novice Adam Burkhart. Photo courtesy of Jarrod Thome.

To read all go to article at Roman Catholic Vocations

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

September 30, 2008


The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a society of apostolic life whose goal is the honor of God and the sanctification of priests in the service of the Church and souls. Its specific aim is missionary: to spread the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ in all spheres of human life. Our work is carried out under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception, to Whom the Institute is consecrated.

His Holiness with our founder Msgr. Gilles WachThe Institute was founded in 1990 by Monsignor Gilles Wach and Father Philippe Mora in Gabon, Africa, where we still have missions. Today, the motherhouse and international seminary of the Institute is located in Gricigliano, in the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy.

Recognizing the importance of a deep harmony between faith, liturgy, life, and the power of beauty in attracting the human senses to the things above, an integral part of the Institute’s charism is the use of the traditional Latin Liturgy of 1962 for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the other sacraments. Great care for a solemn liturgy, complete fidelity to the doctrine of the Church and the Holy Father, and awareness of the central role of Grace, especially Charity – these are essential elements of the Institute’s spirituality, which is drawn from its three co-patrons, St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Francis de Sales. Our motto, taken from St. Paul, is “Live the truth in charity.” The Institute operates in more than fifty places in twelve countries, where our priests focus on the care of souls in many different ways. To assist our priests in their apostolic work, the Institute also has clerical oblates. In 2004, a community of religious sisters was canonically established to aid the priests in their mission through prayer and apostolic work.

History of a Young Institute
Solemn Mass in the traditional Roman riteThe Institute of Christ the King is, for ecclesiastical standards, a very young foundation. Our founder, Monsignor Gilles Wach, STD, supported decisively by the co-founder, Father Phillipe Mora, STD, had the Institute canonically erected the Semptember 1, 1990. Originally, the young French abbé, Gilles Wach, never intended to start a foundation at all, but during the 1980’s, working for Cardinal Silvio Oddi in Rome and with a priestly association in France, he was approached by more and more young men who wanted a traditional Catholic formation to the priesthood. Finally, he decided to make an attempt to bring them together and to follow their formation in some way. Several Roman Cardinals, though, urged him to decide for the foundation of a religious community, so that the idea of the Institute took form already as soon as 1988.

From Africa to Italy
Divine Providence, at this moment, helped to find a bishop who Read the rest of this entry »

16 Postulants For The Franciscan Friars Of The Renewal: “All these years and now we see who we have been praying for!”

September 28, 2008

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal welcome 16 new postulants!
Pray for them all, and pray for more!

CFR Postulant Class – 2008
(l-r) Aaron Ocello (NJ); Oisin Martin (Ireland); T.R. Hoffman (CA); Bob Monahan (IL); Alan Fimister (England); Joe Fino (OH); Larry Napier (GA); Declan Gibson (Ireland); Stephen Dufrene (Louisiana); Alain Guiteau (NY); Emmanuel Pena (NY); Matthew Bourgeois (LA); Mike LeFever (VA); Matthew Manders (IA); Eric Forrest (GA); Kris Meiergerd (KS); Fr. Luke Fletcher, CFR, Postulant Director; Fr. Gabriel Bakkar, CFR, Vocation Director.

 For more photos go to: Read the rest of this entry »

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Sister Servants of the Eternal Word

September 2, 2008

5 bob to Roman Catholic Vocations where it was written:

Sister Servants of the Eternal Word

A special thank you to Sister Catherine Mary, SsEW, for bringing her community to my attention. The Sisters have a wonderful website that is well worth a visit. In particular, if you are looking for retreats, I would highly recommend checking out their retreat schedule – they have several OUTSTANDING retreat masters scheduled!

From The Sister Servants of the Eternal Word website:

We, the Sister Servants of the Eternal Word, are a new order that follows the Rule of St. Francis of Assisi with St. Dominic and St. Francis as our patrons. Our foundress and superior, Mother Mary Gabriel, left her Dominican Read the rest of this entry »

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Carmelite Monks in Wyoming

August 12, 2008

5 bob to Roman Catholic Vocations Blog which writes: Carmelite Monks in Wyoming #1

The post below was written by Deal Hudson on September 25, 2007 and orginally posted on his personal blog.
The Last Carmelite Monks in America
By Deal W. Hudson

The last eight Carmelite monks in America, perhaps even the world, live in a four-bedroom rectory in the mountains of northwest Wyoming.

With 35 candidates in various stages of discernment, they hope to move 70 miles away to a 492-acre property near Carter Mountain once owned by Read the rest of this entry »

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Ann Arbor Dominicans (Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist)

August 9, 2008
“We are consecrated women first, and so our foremost model is Mary, the Mother of God. Inspired by the charism of St. Dominic, our prayer life comes first so that our apostolate overflows from a contemplation nourished before the Eucharist.”
– Mother Assumpta Long, O.P.
By living this strong sacramental and liturgical prayer life, we hope to:
  • Attract and form women to be faithful religious serving the Church for the good of souls, especially through the total gift of themselves as spiritual mothers and brides of Christ.
  • Establish and support Catholic schools steeped in the rich culture of the Catholic faith to nourish the spiritual formation of youth, their families and society.
  • Promote the culture of life and respect for the dignity of each person through apostolic work.
  • Respond to the needs of the Church arising in the third millennium through teaching, catechesis and evangelization.Learn more below:
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    VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Portsmouth Poor Claires

    July 15, 2008

    5 bob to: Roman Catholic Vocations which reprints:

    “Poor Clares discuss their religious vocations”

    By Tim Puet
    Catholic Times of Coumbus

    CLOISTER – Sister Marie Therese (far left) Sister Imelda Marie (center) and Sister Marie St. Claire (right)pray at St. Joseph Monastery in Portsmouth, Ohio. (Catholic Times/Jack Kuston)

    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (Catholic Times) – Any notion that cloistered nuns who constantly pray before the Blessed Sacrament and spend much of their lives in silence must live a solemn, somewhat grim existence quickly disappears on a visit to St. Joseph Monastery in Portsmouth. Read the rest of this entry »

    VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Fathers of Mercy

    July 1, 2008

    (Pictured with Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ after he lead a retreat for them.)


    The Fathers of Mercy is a Roman Catholic Congregation of Priests. Our primary Apostolate is to preach parish missions Read the rest of this entry »

    VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Institute of the Good Shepherd

    June 24, 2008

    5 bob to Traditional Vocations Blog which writes:

    Institute of the Good Shepherd


    ego sum pastor bonus: et cognosco meas, et cognoscunt me meæ
    I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine, and Mine know Me (
    Jn. 10:14)

    Under the Roman calendar of 1962, yesterday was often called “Good Shepherd Sunday”, so called because the Gospel tells us of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. As pointed out on The New Liturgical Movement this also means it was a feast day for the Institute of the Good Shepherd.

    The Institute of the Good Shepherd is a Society of Apostolic Life of traditionalist Priests in full communion with the Holy See. Founded only in September 2006, the Institute has grown quickly. Read the rest of this entry »

    What Novices Look Like…

    June 24, 2008

    Some communities may have forgotten…

    These are the Sisters of Life, check out Roman Catholic Vocations for a GREAT write up about them.

    Please offer at least one Hail Mary for the sisters in final vows, one for those in temporary vows, and one for those women who are discerning.

    VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church

    June 17, 2008

    Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church is a private association of the faithful approved by the Bishop of Spokane, Washington, Bishop William Skylstad. Read the rest of this entry »

    VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Community Of St. John: 32 Years, 500 Members & Growing

    June 10, 2008

    A friend of mine once stated “The only good things to come out of France were wine, cheese and Jean-Claude Van Damme!”

    Of course he was wrong about that.

    Jean-Claude Van Damme is from Belgium.

    But these folks definately DID come from the “Elder Daughter of the Church”… And they are certainly a very GOOD thing.

    Community of Saint John, founded in 1975 by five or six university students under the guidance of a Dominican priest, Fr Marie-Dominique Philippe. They are now a Congregation of diocesan right, approved by the Church, with over five hundred members, about two hundred of whom are priests; they also have contemplative sisters and sisters of apostolic life who share the same charism and spirituality.

    From their FAQ: “What is the current number of Brothers in the Community of St. John?On July 31, 2006, the Brothers were 531 in number; 365 (68%) were perpetually professed Brothers (of which 221 were priests) and about 40% were in formation. The Sisters were 464 and there were more than 2,500 secular Oblates. “


    In the US there web presence is: http://www.communityofstjohn.com/
    From that website:
    The brothers have excercised much of their apostolic activities through the Retreat Center in Laredo, Texas. Brothers living in the Laredo priory serve as University chaplains and also minister to prison inmates. The Contemplative Sisters of Saint John live adjacent to the Laredo priory.
    In 2000, the Congregation opened a Novitiate House for brothers and sisters in Princeville, Illinois, where they receive their first Read the rest of this entry »

    VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP)

    May 27, 2008

    5 bob to: Traditional Vocations Blog which writes…

    Priestly Fraternity of St Peter

    The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is a Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical right, that is, a community of Roman Catholic priests who do not take religious vows, but who work together for a common mission in the world. The mission of the Fraternity is two-fold: first, the formation and sanctification of priests in the cadre of the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite, and secondly, the pastoral deployment of the priests in the service of the Church.

    The Fraternity was founded on July 18, 1988 at the Abbey of Hauterive (Switzerland) by a dozen priests and a score of seminarians. Shortly after the Fraternity’s foundation and following upon a request by Cardinal Ratzinger, Bishop Joseph Stimpfle of Augsburg, Germany granted the Fraternity a home Read the rest of this entry »

    VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

    May 20, 2008


    Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

    VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate

    May 13, 2008

    We are the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, a religious community of sisters faithful to the Holy Father, the Pope. We are a pontifical institute who are clothed with the angelic garment of the Immaculate Virgin and clad with sandals of seraphic poverty, prayer, penance and perfect joy.

    Living throughout the world, in Marian contemplation and apostolate, in the convent and in parishes, in hermitages and in radio and television studios, on mission in country places and in the most populous cities, we strive to diffuse “the perfume of Christ” (2 Cor. 2:15), and radiate the holiness of Mary Immaculate, recalling to all on earth the divine reality of the Kingdom of God.

    Our Goals

    Our love for the Immaculate presses us forward to share that same burning love with others in response to the call given by Jesus Crucified to our Holy Read the rest of this entry »

    VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

    May 6, 2008

    A diocesan order in full union with the Holy See (Saint Benedict Center in Still River is not associated or affiliated with St. Benedict Center in Richmond, New Hampshire! – a seperated branch not in full union with the Holy See!) they are pictured above with the Dominican Sisters of Summit NJ on their way to see the Pope in NY.


    A Unique Consecration…An Urgent Work

    A slave of the Immaculate Heart of Mary lives what Saint Louis Marie de Montfort called True Devotion to Mary-striving daily to “be a true disciple of Jesus Christ, walking in the footsteps of His poverty, humility, contempt of the world . . .” Members of the Order take vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience and live these vows in union with Mary.


    Urgent Mission

    Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary proclaim by their life and message the way of salvation. They do this zealously, convincingly, “in pure truth, according to the Gospel and not according to the maxims of the world,” contrary to today’s widespread errors which minimize, if they do not nullify, the teachings of Christ and His Church on the message of salvation. Our Order was established to defend the doctrine: Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus. This doctrine is comprehensive and universal. Its scope includes all Church teachings-the reverence due the Papacy, the importance of the traditional Latin liturgy for worship, the sacredness of human life in all its forms. Its message extends to all men, Catholic, non-Catholic, rich, poor, educated, un-educated.

    Two-fold Means to Accomplish the Work:

    1. Education-an indispensable facet of our mission.

    Our religious constitution states as one of our goal “to restore Catholic ideals among the youth so as to foster religious vocations and responsible Catholic leadership in society.” To accomplish this the Order conducts a school on both elementary and high school levels, provides evening Read the rest of this entry »

    Twilight Communities “They will come to us if they are interested”

    May 2, 2008

    Given my background in German language study I have recently been invited to become a member of a German social club. I am not an ethnic German, but am all for a night of Bier trinken und Weinerschnitzel essen every so often.

    That as the case may be, when I showed up for an introduction as a prospective member, I found myself the only one in the room who did not remember the Eisenhower administration. From there I noticed the retirees were struggling to get the volunteers they needed for giving the fence a paint job on a Sat AM.  One gent who was particularly annoyed with the incessant appeal for volunteers said point blank “It costs me $14 in gasoline to come down here and go home, I am not spending that to paint!”

    At one point during a game of euchre I naively asked “Do any of your Read the rest of this entry »

    VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

    April 29, 2008

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    “At least one qualified candidate per parish”

    April 29, 2008

    Photo taken last year of some of the lads of Glennon College Seminary… Yea, that is the college that has announced expansion plans!

    Over at Roman Catholic Vocations we are treated to an article entitled “At least one qualified candidate per parish”. It is a worthy read.

    It can also be filed under “Things Simple has said for years – that he learned from bishops who already understood it!”

    Very simply, the diocesan vocations director should contact each pastor of each parish (each year) and ask for a 3-5 name “short list” of young men. Several times a year using the contact info they should be invited to the Cathedral for Mass, and dinner at the Episcopal residence or in some restaurant that has a private dining room where the bishop himself can say “I invite you to pray and consider this”.

    14ish years ago I was 18 and working with a buddy of mine on a volunteer project on a Saturday afternoon at an inner city parish. We were doing some landscaping on a really beautiful day when we could have been playing some softball or drinking some beers one of our older brothers scored for us… but there we were. Read the rest of this entry »

    The Enneagram – I Thought We Were Done With That Crap

    April 25, 2008

    I thought we were done with hearing about this new age crap… I hadn’t heard anyone mention the “E” word since I was making fun of it 12 years ago in seminary… It was – at best – passe then. Now I come to read that someone somewhere is still having to deal with this TOTAL crap in a diaconate formation program.

    It just goes to show that there is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9)..

    So below are listed some decent articles to take a look at… Articles I thought for sure no one would be reading 10 years ago because I thought no one would still be messing around with this new age silliness.  80s modernism dies hard in some places I suppose. 

    Enneagram: Psychic Babble, The
    Mary Jo Anderson (2000?)

    The Enneagram: Spirituality It Is Not
    Mitch Pacwa (Fidelity, September, 1999)

    NCCB Preparing Cautionary Note on Use of Enneagram
    Paul Likoudis (The Wanderer, November 2, 2000)

    Enneagram versus the Catholic Church
    Rick Kephart (Unknown, 1994)

    Ralph Rath (The New Age: A Christian Critique, June 1990)

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    UPDATE:  I am having a problem with figuring out how to delete the “possibly related posts” which are rather unrelated altogether!

    A Seminarian To Watch

    April 23, 2008

    Andrew Haines is a seminarian for the Diocese of Toledo studying in Rome. His blog In Umbris Sancti Petri is smart and well written and certainly worth following. Don’t take my word for it – see for yourself!

    Confession & the Ecclesial Body

    The two bookends of the priesthood—for lack of a more theologically descriptive term—are the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confession. Really, it is through offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and hearing the confessions of the faithful that the priest does the greatest work in the salvation of souls and the sanctification of the world. Of these two Sacraments, the most written about is certainly that of the Eucharist, which comes as no real surprise given its primacy as the “source and summit” of the entire Catholic faith. In seeing the beauty of the Eucharist, though, we cannot be unconscious of that beauty which flows just as profoundly from the Sacrament of Confession. Read the rest of this entry »

    VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

    April 22, 2008

    Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles


    (Benedictines of Mary, also known as the Oblates of Mary, in Massachusetts.)
    The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles is a traditional monastic community of women who desire to imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary in the giving of herself to God to fulfill His Will, especially in her role of assistance by prayer and work to the Apostles, first priests of the Catholic Church. Read the rest of this entry »

    Wrestling With God…

    April 10, 2008

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    In this corner we have aged 18, weight in at 140 pounds, all the way from Demines… Joooooooooooooooooooooooooe Smith!

    If you are a young Catholic man in Singapore, give it a look!

    From The Men At Saint John Vianney Seminary

    April 1, 2008

    The kids are alright.

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    Culture Change For The Legion of Christ?

    March 26, 2008

    A Zenit article with some of my comments below.

    In a private audience with Benedict XVI, the general director of the Legionaries of Christ renewed the congregation’s loyalty to the Pope at the start of a new stage in its history, following the Jan. 30 death of the founder. Read the rest of this entry »

    Not Too Shabby Greek Catholics!

    July 28, 2007

    The following are vocations from the Eparchy of Van Nuys – A Byzantine Catholic Diocese covering over 15 States from Anchorage to Las Vegas. At last count 20 parishes…

    1 seminarian, 1 postulant, and 6 oridnations to the diaconate this year.

    Keep them in your prayers!

    * Ms. Melissa Morrow from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Albuquerque, entered Holy Annunciation Monastery of the Byzantine Carmelite Nuns in Sugarloaf as a postulant on July 16.

    * Mr. Diodoro Mendoza of Our Lady of Wisdom Church, Las Vegas, has been accepted as a candidate to study for the holy priesthood at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary for the Fall Semester of the 2007–2008 Academic Year.

    * Mr. Brian D. Escobedo was ordained to the Minor Orders, Subdiaconate and the Diaconate on July 22 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Albuquerque.

    * Mr. John Bradley will be ordained to the Minor Orders, Subdiaconate and the Diaconate July 29 at Saint Anne Church, San Luis Obispo.

    * Mr. Michael Mandelas will be ordained to the Minor Orders, Subdiaconate and the Diaconate on August 19, 2007, at Saint John Chrysostom Church, Seattle.

    * Mr. James Danovich and Mr. Michael Hanafin will be ordained to Minor Orders, Subdiaconate and Diaconate on August 25 at St. Stephen’s Pro-Cathedral, Phoenix.

    * Mr. Michael Sullivan will be ordained to the Minor Orders, Subdiaconate and the Diaconate on August 26 at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Gilbert, Arizona.

    Hat tip to Sophia Wannabe from the Byzantine Forum for the info.

    His Grace, +JOHN (The Eparchy of Parma, OH) already ordained 5 men to the diaconate this year:

    * Fr. Dcn. William Frederick (St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church Brecksville, OH)

    * Fr. Dcn. Paul Latcha (St. Basil Byzantine Catholic Church Sterling Heights, MI)

    * Fr. Dcn. Jeffrey Martin (St. John Chrysostom Church Columbus, OH)

    * Fr. Dcn. Daniel Surniak (St. Mary Magdalene Church Fairview Park, OH)

    * Fr. Dcn. Nicholas Szilagye (St. Luke Church Sugar Creek, MO)

    Recent ordinations by Bishop Andrew to the diaconate for the Eparchy of Passaic (Covering most of the Eastern searboard down to Florida):

    June 23, 2007 at St. Mary Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

    * Fr. Dcn. Edward Frey
    * Fr. Dcn. Soroka
    * Fr. Dcn. Lawrence Worlinsky

    July 1, 2007 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Rahway, NJ.

    * Fr. Dcn. Mark Koscinski
    * Fr. Dcn. Charles Laskowski

    Please understand that the largest two or three Roman parishes in the US have more members tha all of the Byzantine Catholic Church in America put together. Most of our parishes are so small they would not have full time priests in most Latin Diocese. At the last training period at the Byzantine Catholic Seminary there were 16 candidates from 3 of the 4 eparchies in the Metropolia present.

    16 men ordained across the country from a population of some 30,000 or so just this summer. As a Greek Catholic, to me that is very special, and encouraging. We are a little flock in the great sea of America that did not even ordain married men deacons ten years ago.

    Even a flock that is small in numbers yet large in faith can offer much fruit. Sometimes we look around at the low Mass attendance in churches built to hold much more and we think to ourselves “There should be more!” and despair. Well there in fact SHOULD be more, but there is no room for despair!

    Many faithful years to them all! Keep them in your prayers!