Tag: Discernment

Pope asks bishops, young people to drop their prejudices as synod begins

Pope asks bishops, young people to drop their prejudices as synod begins

| Cindy Wooden | October 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis asked bishops to be bold, honest, open-minded, charitable and, especially, prayerful as they begin a three-week meeting on “young people, the faith and vocational discernment.”

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Receive like a man

Receive like a man

| Jonathan Liedl | May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

A few years ago, I was on a discernment retreat with a religious community in Kansas. I had come to the monastery in something of a vocational vertigo: religious life, marriage and diocesan priesthood all swirled before me as possible options, leaving me disoriented and drained. Self-imposed pressure to “figure out” my calling was weighing me down, preventing me from making any actual progress.

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Archbishop Hebda to students: The Church wants to listen to you

Archbishop Hebda to students: The Church wants to listen to you

| April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

“The sense is, just as a leader has to be willing to listen, that all of us have to be willing to also engage in that process of conversation,” Archbishop Hebda said.

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Carmelites recall path that began in Twin Cities

Carmelites recall path that began in Twin Cities

| Susan Klemond | November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Two Carmelite sisters who discerned their vocations in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis returned to the Twin Cities to share their stories and encourage young women discerning religious life.

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Bethany House a ‘retreat’ for women discerning consecrated life

Bethany House a ‘retreat’ for women discerning consecrated life

| November 3, 2017 | 2 Comments

“We’ve found that discernment houses can be so helpful, especially for young women, because religious life can be such a radical step even just to enter postulancy,” Sister Mary Joseph Evans said.

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Retreat helps young women discerning religious vocation

Retreat helps young women discerning religious vocation

| Melenie Soucheray | February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

In his 18 months as director of the archdiocesan Office of Vocations, Father David Blume has come to believe that the discernment process is more difficult for women because they have so many options. That’s a challenge for women and for his office, he said.

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Formation a journey — literally — for local Jesuit novices

Formation a journey — literally — for local Jesuit novices

| Susan Klemond | November 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Located on Summit Avenue next to St. Thomas More, a parish in the care of Jesuit priests, the novitiate serves the provincial territory from Kentucky to the Dakotas. The novices, mostly in their 20s, come from a variety of backgrounds and education levels.

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Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment

Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment

| Cindy Wooden | August 25, 2016 | 2 Comments

When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance, Pope Francis said.

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Priests, religious are key in helping bring souls ‘home to God’

Priests, religious are key in helping bring souls ‘home to God’

| Father Troy Przybilla for The Catholic Spirit | November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

This week, the Catholic Church in the United States encourages us to turn our gaze toward religious vocations as we commemorate National Vocations Awareness Week.

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You can’t drive a parked car: Attend vocation events to help discern

You can’t drive a parked car: Attend vocation events to help discern

| Father Troy Przybilla | October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Everyone who is discerning the priesthood or religious life should attend events where they are able to talk to seminarians, priests and religious who are living the way of life that they are discerning. A number of discernment events are coming up in the next couple of months.

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Why did I choose SJV? Big brother was my guide

Why did I choose SJV? Big brother was my guide

| October 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Three men at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul have older brothers who have gone through seminary. Here, they describe the influence of their older brothers on the journey that led them to SJV.

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Future bishop’s faith nurtured by St. Paul’s Outreach

Future bishop’s faith nurtured by St. Paul’s Outreach

| Susan Klemond | December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

After his sophomore year of college, Andrew Cozzens spent the summer growing in his Catholic faith as part of a St. Paul’s Outreach summer household.

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