Tag: Vocation

The gap year: High school grads embrace real-world experiences before college

The gap year: High school grads embrace real-world experiences before college

| Jessica Weinberger | May 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a high school senior, Hannah Wolney knew she needed a break. Attending Chesterton Academy in Edina, she was recovering from multiple concussions on the soccer field and had other mental health concerns. While she loved learning, Wolney realized she needed time after graduation to heal and rejuvenate.

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A grace ovation

A grace ovation

| Liz Kelly | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a gift to my brother on the occasion of his ordination years ago, I told him that I would offer up all of my speaking engagements in thanksgiving for his vocation to the priesthood. This seemed an especially fitting and easy gift because I love speaking for groups, and talking about our faith always brings me great joy.

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‘Is Jesus Christ enough for me?’

‘Is Jesus Christ enough for me?’

| November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

The good news is that, even today, many young people are choosing to live a life of total self-gift through responding to a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life.

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Local clergy, religious say prayer, conversations aided in discernment

Local clergy, religious say prayer, conversations aided in discernment

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit asked the following clergy and consecrated religious to share a part of their discernment process, what brings them joy in their vocation and their advice for others considering a religious vocation.

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Father VanHoose’s vocation netted through national ministry in West St. Paul

Father VanHoose’s vocation netted through national ministry in West St. Paul

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Chad VanHoose, 34, had every intention of serving only one year with NET Ministries after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005 with a nursing degree. That lone year turned into seven with the West St. Paul-based ministry.

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Looking for a ‘job that can impact lives,’ Father Theisen drawn to priesthood

Looking for a ‘job that can impact lives,’ Father Theisen drawn to priesthood

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

He has enjoyed the prayerful atmosphere at the St. Paul Seminary, and has spent many an hour praying in the chapel. Another takeaway has been the fraternity with his nine classmates. As one of the larger ordination classes in recent years, it has produced a rich diversity of personalities and gifts, he noted.

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Father Froehle told God he’d ‘keep moving’ if doors opened

Father Froehle told God he’d ‘keep moving’ if doors opened

| Jessica Weinberger | May 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

High school conversations with his parish priest about the priesthood, as well as a supportive letter from his grandparents prior to confirmation, had planted seeds about his vocation. But it was in Ireland Hall where he formed strong friendships with students in the Catholic Studies program, along with the nearby seminarians, that led him to further discern his call.

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Father Evans expects varied experiences to benefit priesthood

Father Evans expects varied experiences to benefit priesthood

| Susan Klemond | May 30, 2017 | 1 Comment

During his eventful journey to the priesthood, Father Bryce Evans spent two years as a Jesuit novice in St. Paul, walked 350-miles across Wisconsin on a pilgrimage, led teens at a Door County, Wisconsin, wilderness camp and began priestly studies at an Illinois seminary before returning to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where he started.

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Former Lutheran finds answer to life’s ‘So what?’ in Catholicism

Former Lutheran finds answer to life’s ‘So what?’ in Catholicism

| May 30, 2017 | 2 Comments

He grew up Lutheran in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, not involved in church life, but watching its televised service every Sunday. Then, a car accident left his mother, Janette, in a coma for two weeks followed by extensive rehabilitation, so she could relearn how to walk and talk. It was an adjustment for the family, Father Quail said.

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Formation in Rome a rich experience for Father Wratkowski

Formation in Rome a rich experience for Father Wratkowski

| May 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Father Wratkowski appreciates what his classmates have taught him — to rejoice in the diversity of gifts in the Church. He described that diversity in his fellow seminarians in Rome — one man used to be a tap dancer on Broadway and another a rocket scientist in the Air Force.

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Global document with local ties extols farming vocation

Global document with local ties extols farming vocation

| December 16, 2016 | 1 Comment

The document “is really retrieving the idea of vocation for all those involved in agriculture,” said Jim Ennis, executive director of St. Paul-based Catholic Rural Life. “There’s a special, unique role that farmers, ranchers and all those involved in agricultural production and bringing food to our tables play in how important it is, and the Church affirms it.”

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Support those discerning their vocation by fully living your own

Support those discerning their vocation by fully living your own

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | November 10, 2016

Dioceses throughout the United States are marking National Vocations Awareness Week Nov. 6-12, an occasion for promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life, and praying for those who are discerning their vocation in life. I feel blessed to be in an archdiocese that takes seriously the obligation to support our sisters and brothers in their discernment of God’s call. I have recently had the opportunity to host a Myriam dinner for young women contemplating a vocation to consecrated life and an Andrew supper for their male counterparts, and was impressed on both occasions by the conviction of our young people that God has a plan for each one of us. Their openness to the possibility that God could be calling them to consecrated life, the diaconate or the priesthood is inspiring.

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