By Beth Griffin Catholic News Service
NEW YORK (CNS) — On a drizzly gray morning in early May, the bright kitchen at Visitation Mission on Manhattan’s East Side was filled with the sound of laughter and the inviting aromas of fresh-cut vegetables and baking cookies as postulants and novices of the Sisters of Life prepared food for themselves and their anticipated guests.
Visitation is the nerve center for the Sisters of Life’s material, emotional and spiritual outreach to pregnant women in crisis. The sisters help more than 900 women at the former convent each year, said...Read more
U.S. president of Serra Club International visits Dubuque club
By Dan Russo, Witness Editor...Read more
So often these days we read of the ongoing collapse of Catholicism in the west. In diocese after diocese we see parishes and schools closing or consolidating, a decline in priests as older clergy pass away at rates higher than new ordinations, and a widespread loss of the next generation to either the secular left or the evangelical right.
We also read of various plans to counter these trends. Everyone seems to have a program to promote, a new strategy to increase vocations, to increase weekly Mass attendance, to keep teens from fleeing the faith…
However, what’s not as...Read more
On Monday, February 5th, Father Stephen DeLacy of the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia hosted an excited Facebook LIVE event! This lively one hour discussion features Labouré alumna, Sister Kathryn Teresa Clemmer of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Immaculata, PA, as well as Labouré's own Executive Director John Flanagan.
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On November 10th Sister Alicia Torres of the Franciscans of the Eucharist won the Food Network’s popular “Chopped” competition. Sister Alicia was a member of the 2009 class of Labouré aspirants, and has been cooking since grade school. She regularly prepares meals for her community, in addition to running a food kitchen which serves the poor and homeless in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.
For “Chopped,” Sister Alicia transformed leftovers into Mexican-style quesadilla appetizers, prepared an entree of curried turkey with sweet potato cranberry hash, and crafted a desert...Read more
Ok, Let's Do This! A Journey From Agnosticism To The Consecrated Religious Life
March 3rd. 2018
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Click below to listen to Ryan Jone's interview with Patty Schneier on The Pearl of Great Price Radio Show hosted by Covenant Network.
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Aspiring Religious Delay Entry to Pay off Debt
By Colleen Dulle, Catholic News Service
Pictured -Dominican Brother James Mary Ritch who paid off his student loans through the Labouré Society.
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- For some aspiring priests and religious, the biggest obstacle to pursuing their vocation is student debt. Because many religious orders do not accept members with outstanding debts, 42 percent of individuals discerning religious life in the U.S. are barred from formation because of their student loans, according to the...Read more
Labouré Society Executive Director John Flanagan with his wife, Heidi
March 3rd, 2017
The Labouré Society has named a new Executive Director, John Flanagan, to lead the organization as of March 3, 2017. Labouré is a national Catholic non-profit organization that trains and equips future priests, sisters and brothers to become effective, relationship-based fundraisers, and grants them awards to help eliminate their student loan debt so that they may enter religious formation. Instead of waiting for 10-20 years, participants in Labouré’s program can join...Read more
Patti Armstrong, National Catholic Register
After three years of teaching junior high school, Bill Duffert answered a call to the priesthood. He was cleared for acceptance into the seminary, except for one problem — he owed well over $35,000 in student loans, the threshold amount that his Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is...Read more