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Vocations

Signs of hope in US diocese

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 Contents - Mar 2008AD2000 March 2008 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Man-made global warming: new religion? - Michael Gilchrist
Tribute: B.A. Santamaria: ten years on - Cardinal George Pell
News: The Church Around the World
Man-made climate change: another great hoax? - Peter Finlayson
Recovering the sacred in modern church architecture - Moyra Doorly
40 Years On: Vatican II at its mid-life crisis - Br Barry Coldrey
Easter: The Sacred Triduum in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962 Missal)
Crescat amor: What is the nature and purpose of theology? - Fr John O'Neill PP
La Sapienza: Benedict XVI: the papacy and the university - Pope Benedict XVI
Vocations: The priesthood: a special relationship with Christ - Fr Pat Stratford
Vocations: Signs of hope in US diocese
Letters: Christ's Church - Frank Mobbs
Letters: Married clergy - Frank Bellet
Letters: Canadian Lectionary - Matt Walton
Letters: Language - Kevin McManus
Letters: Liturgical abuses - Dennis Macdonald
Letters: Response - Richard Stokes
Letters: Homosexual 'marriage' - Arnold Jago
Letters: Altar rails - Corinne O'Loughlin
Letters: 'Re-ordered' churches - Brian Tooley
Letters: Abortion laws - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Letters: From India - Fr. A. Joseph
Poetry: Time-Warp - Bruce Dawe
Books: GOD AND CAESAR: Religion, Politics, and Society, by Cardinal George Pell - Catherine Sheehan (reviewer)
Books: SEARCHING FOR AND MAINTAINING PEACE, by Father Jacques Philippe - Tim Cannon (reviewer)
Books: JOURNEY OF A FAITH COMMUNITY, compiled by Tom Johnstone - James E. Scarlett (reviewer)
DVD: NO TURNING BACK: Confessions of a Catholic priest, by Fr D. Calloway - Fr Martin Durham (reviewer)
Books: Books available from AD2000 Books
Reflection: Benedict XVI on Lent: 'authentic conversion to the love of Christ' - Pope Benedict XVI

When Father Gerard Francik recently interviewed a 19-year-old who was thinking about becoming a priest, the Baltimore archdiocesan vocations director asked him to talk about his prayer life.

The former high school footballer told Father Francik how he faithfully makes a holy hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament, attends Mass, prays the rosary and observes the liturgy of the hours - daily.

That young man is typical of those who are stepping forward to become priests these days, according to Father Francik. Many are still in their teens, and show unbridled enthusiasm for living out their religious convictions.

The vocations director said there are more young men inquiring about becoming priests than in previous years. 'We have 16- and 17- year-olds just beating down the door,' he said. 'It gives me encouragement to see so many young people on fire for their faith. It gives us hope for the future.'

Last year's incoming seminarian class at 13 was the largest in nearly two decades with the 2008 class also due to hit double digits.

Although parishes and schools have become more proactive there are still some that need to do more. 'Some of our parishes have three or four guys who are in the seminary and many have zero,' he said, noting that there are about 20 parishes represented among the men currently preparing for the priesthood.

If every parish could encourage just one man to consider the priesthood, more than 150 new priests might be ordained in the next several years.

'The pastor really sets the tone,' with personal invitations critical. 'If you talk about vocations and pray for vocations, it makes a difference.' (Catholic News Service)

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 21 No 2 (March 2008), p. 12

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