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

Rescuing Vocations Through the Labouré Society Donors express reasons behind their support.

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

Leaning In to a Vocation

Brian Fraga, Legatus Magazine

At 10 years old, Alice Snee had a dream that God was calling her to be a teacher and a missionary....Read more

Exactly 100 years ago, the Blessed Virgin appeared to three children in a tiny Portuguese village. Her message of prayer, sacrifice, and conversion still resonates today — perhaps now more than ever.

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Click below to listen to Bill Lemire’s interview on the Drew Mariani show (Bill appears at 29:26).

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Elizabeth speaks of the Labouré Society’s efforts to help those with vocations to the priesthood or religious life find the financial aid they need to answer God’s call in this life show hosted by Fr. Mitch Pacwa.

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This is the day (July 27) in 1947 that Pope Pius the Twelfth declared Blessed Catherine Labouré a saint! Let us be particularly mindful today of how, through the Miraculous Medal, she became our Patroness.

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CBS News – July 13, 2016

NEW YORK — A young woman wants to be a nun, but has been told she can’t until she pays off her debts.

As CBS New York reported, a fashion designer by day, 28-year-old Alida Taylor said her calling to become a nun was not always clear.

After graduating from the University of Louisiana with a degree in fashion, Taylor landed a job with a Broadway costume designer in New York City.

“When I moved to the city I had all these desires. I wanted to have a career, a family, and marriage, but your heart begins to shift,” she said.

It...Read more

The following article appears in the Summer, 2016 edition of Religious Life , the official magazine of The Institute on Religious Life (IRL). Click the article to enlarge.

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