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 SANCTITY IN MARRIAGE & THE SINGLE LIFE -
A CALLING TO THE RELIGIOUS LIFE
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Apostolic Exhortation - Vita Consecrata - St. Pope John Paul II on the Consecrated Life and its Mission in the Church and in the World - "The Consecrated Life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his Church through the Holy Spirit."
 
Catholic Colleges & Universities (Listing) - "You should check the school website, contact the school directly, and visit the school before making any long term decisions."
Catholic Seminaries - World-wide listing.
Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops - "Prayers for Vocations - World Day of Prayer - USCCB Publications - Archived Articles - Vocations Links - Find Your Local Vocation Director - Invitation to High School Students."
 
Congregation for the Clergy - "Divided among three Offices:
1) The Office for the Clergy collects, suggests and promotes initiatives with regard to the sanctity and the intellectual and pastoral updating of the Clergy....
2) The Catechetical Office provides for the religious formation of the faithful of all ages and states of life; it issues appropriate norms so that catechetical teaching is imparted in a suitable fashion....
3) The Third Office is competent in matters of the regulation and administration of ecclesiastical goods belonging to public juridic persons....it supervises matters pertaining to the adequate income and social necessities of the Clergy such as disablement, old age and medical care etc."
 
 
Institute on Religious Life - "A national organization of bishops, priests, religious, consecrated, and lay persons, founded to encourage, support and assist religious and consecrated persons to come to know and treasure the gift of their divine vocation."
Pontifical College Josephinum - The CatholicPriesthood - "A Roman Catholic seminary whose primary purpose is to provide human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation for the priesthood.  There are two divisions: The College of Liberal Arts and The School of Theology."
 
 
 
"It is my work, which I myself am now carrying out, in order to gather from all sides the little remnant which will remain faithful to Jesus and to His Gospel, to the Pope and to the Church united with Him...If indeed His return is close at hand, then my motherly action becomes more concerned and vigorous, in order to assist all my children to remain ever in the truth of the faith.  This is why I have asked you to consecrate yourselves to my Immaculate Heart.  This is why, in these times of yours, I have spread everywhere my Marian Movement of Priests." 
- Messages to Fr. Gobbi from our Blessed Mother.
The Missionary Union of Priests and Religious - "This spiritual apostolate...continues to address itself to those called to bring Catholics to a better understanding of their baptismal responsibility for the church’s missionary work — to priests, Religious, seminarians, pastoral leaders and those engaged in catechesis and religious education."
The Society of St. Peter the Apostle - "Invites individuals to support the education of candidates for the Catholic priesthood in the developing world and to support the formation of men and women candidates for the religious life in the missions."
 
 
Vatican - Approved August 31, 2005 - Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders - "Regarding acts...Sacred Scripture presents them as grave sins.  The Tradition has constantly considered them as intrinsically immoral and contrary to the natural law.  Consequently, under no circumstance can they be approved.
 
Deep-seated homosexual tendencies, which are found in a number of men and women, are also objectively disordered and, for those same people, often constitute a trial.  Such persons must be accepted with respect and sensitivity.  Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.  They are called to fulfil God's will in their lives and to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter."
 
World-wide Catholic Bishops Conferences - Listings through Vatican Radio.  This is a good vocations resource.
Vocation.com - "Read our testimonies and browse the questions and answers; if you can't find the answers to your vocation questions, just ask..."
VocationsPlacement.org - Is the Lord calling you?  "Are you interested in becoming a...Parish Priest working for a diocese... Priest or brother in a monastery devoted to various forms of prayer... Nun or sister involved in work such as nursing, teaching, counseling, prison work, and hospice... Brother or Priest involved in work such as nursing, teaching, counseling, prison work, and hospice, including mission work?"
 
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Holy Versus Lukewarm Priests - How to identify a truly holy priest and the marks of a spiritually lukewarm, "crowd pleasing" priest.
"The Transitory Things Of This World" - Saint Joseph Cafasso tells us what it means to be a holy priest, and Pope John Paul II writes of thegood example set by St. Joseph of Cupertino.
Excerpts: Directory on the Ministry & Life of Priests - "In order to be a good guide of his People, the priest must also be attentive to the signs of the times: those larger and deeper ones which concern the universal Church and Its sojourn in the history of man, and those which more closely affect the specific situation of a particular community."
 
 
Pastoral Letter To Catholic Men - This is a spiritually beautiful letter that should be read by all Catholic men and their families.  "A Pastoral Letter to the Catholic Men from the Catholic Bishops of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands."
 
Choices About Child Rearing & Careers by Helen Alvare - "How the Pope Helps Women Understand Their Vocations."
How to Become a Catholic Nun- "Ever wonder if God might be calling you to become a Catholic nun or sister?  Don’t know where to begin now that you feel drawn to looking into religious life?"
Spirituality for Pregnant Mothers by Agnes Penny - Very helpful information that is beneficial to not only pregnant mothers, but for all engaged and married couples.  Also, priests and others at the parish level will find good ideas about what can be done to help bring encouragement and an increased understanding about child rearing.
The Joy of Being a Woman of God by Ronda Chervin - "A Divine Plan for Happiness."
 
 
OTHER RESOURCES

New religious order founded (Published in Spanish) - "Las Misioneras de la Madre de Dios somos un Instituto Religioso femenino de Derecho Diocesano fundado en la ciudad de MéridaYucatán México, de vida activa con espíritu misionero, viviendo los consejos evangélicos, don divino que la Iglesia ha recibido de su Señor, que consagramos nuestras vidas bajo la acción del Espíritu Santo a Cristo maestro y misionero, llevando vida fraterna en común buscando su santificación. (c. 607)"
 
Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - "By virtue of our consecration, we are sent in mission. The power and creativity of our missionary zeal flow from the living out of the charism of profound love for God and for others as envisioned by Mother Clelia."
Archdiocese of Hartford - "Directory of Religious Orders - Religious Institutions of Women."
Assumption College for Sisters- "ACS awards two degrees and a Certificate: the Associate in Arts, the Associate in Religious Arts, and a Certificate in Theological Studies.  We welcome lay persons to earn credits in theology and philosophy courses and to pursue the Certificate in Theological Studies." 
 Called by Joy - The Poor Clare Sisters - "There are no two Poor Clares alike and that is just how God wants it!  We live together, we pray together, we are family and yet...each of us is completely and uniquely living out the Poor Clare vocation in our own heart, to the individual rhythm that God has embedded in our souls."
 
CARA - Sacraments Today: Belief & Practice among U.S. Catholics - "A national, non-profit Georgetown University affiliated research center that conducts social scientific studies about Catholicism and the Catholic Church in the United States....
 
The Department of Communications of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) commissioned CARA to conduct this survey. The following are the primary topic areas of the survey:

How Catholics have entered the Church.
The general sacramental lives of Catholics.
The Mass and Eucharist.
Reconciliation.
Anointing of the Sick.
Ordinations and vocations.
Religious devotions and practices in daily life.
General Catholic beliefs and attitudes.
Parish life in a time of fewer priests.
Satisfaction with Church leaders."
 
Children of Mary - "An emerging community of Sisters living, working, and praying that mankind will recognize the Reign of Jesus on earth by being faithful members of His Holy Church and by enthroning Him on the altars of the world in perpetual Eucharistic exposition and adoration."
Claretian Missionaries - "We Claretians - attribute the founding of the congregation to the intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary - honor her as our patroness under the title of her Immaculate Heart - are called and are sons of the Heart of Mary and she is the Mother of the Congregation - being sons of Mary pertains to the charism of the Congregation - are formed in the forge of Mary's heart."
Cloistered nun tells of hidden life in Alaska monastery - "Inside the hushed monastery, live a handful of cloistered nuns who are about the work of saving the world.  They are members of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, a cloistered religious order that was first established in 1807 in France by Blessed Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation. The order operates 85 monasteries worldwide — all are dedicated to the perpetual adoration of the Eucharistic Christ.  Focused on Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, each nun spends her life praying and sacrificing for the good of the church and the salvation of souls.
 
In a rare interview, the superior of the Alaska monastery Mother Maria de la Milagrosa spoke with the Catholic Anchor about the tremendous but largely unseen life inside a cloistered monastery.
 
Speaking in her native Spanish and with the aid of an interpreter, she gave the interview from behind a metal grille in a visiting room near the monastery’s chapel."
 
Daughters of St. Paul - "Transform the message of the Gospel into color, sound and image, in order to offer the world the truth that sets it free and the love that makes it whole.  As consecrated women, as evangelizers, video and audio technicians, writers, musicians, media animators, artists, designers, printers, and radio broadcasters, they announce God’s word in the most effective ways possible."
Discalced Carmelite Order - "A Roman Catholic Religious Order founded by St. Teresa of Avila.  Her great work of reform began with herself.  She made a vow always to follow the most perfect course, and resolved to keep the rule as perfectly as she could (V 32.9)...In Duruelo, with St. John of the Cross and Anthony of Jesus founded the first convent of Discalced Brethren in November 1568."
Dominican Sisters of Mary - Mother of the Eucharist - A very beautiful way to devote your life to Jesus, attracting many young women.  "Through the profession of the evangelical counsels, our community seeks to embody the graces of the New Evangelization which Pope John Paul II announced as 'the prelude to a new springtime in the Church.'  The spiritual identity of our fraternal life lived in community is shaped by Dominican spirituality with an emphasis on Eucharistic adoration and Marian devotion."
Fathers of Mercy - "A Roman Catholic Congregation of Priests.  Our primary Apostolate is to preach parish missions and retreats, with an emphasis on the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Confession.  We are interested in solid Catholic men who are interested in a priestly and religious vocation."
Franciscan Caring - "Steeped in proud and solemn traditions of the past, today's Franciscan Missionary Brothers provide care to the elderly of all faiths, providing for them the opportunity to enjoy life to their fullest potential. In the belief that every human being has been endowed by God with certain natural rights, the Brothers are devoted to helping their residents lead peaceful, joyful and dignified lives."
Order of Malta - "One of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilisation.   Present in Palestine in around 1050, it is a lay religious Order, traditionally of military, chivalrous, noble nature.   Its 10,000 members include Professed Friars and others who have made vows of obedience.  The other Knights and Dames are lay members, devoted to the exercise of Christian virtue and charity."
Our Lady of the Annunciation of Clear Creek - "Monasteries which are members of the Solesmes Congregation, as are Fontgombault and Clear Creek, in order to better to cultivate the essential of their vocation, that is, the life of prayer, do not assume pastoral charge of parishes nor run schools. But in the Rule of Saint Benedict, hospitality has an important place, and Benedictine tradition has always considered this to be a part of the monastery's role in the Church. So, besides their deep communion with the life of the Church and their prayer for all, the monks of Clear Creek receive guests for retreats and help the faithful participate in their life of prayer and recollection, especially through the Divine Office."
Priestly Fraternity/St. Charles Borromeo - "For the most part (members are) between 20 and 40 years old, two thirds are priests, and the others are preparing to be ordained....Its members live in houses around the world, now in nearly 20 countries and five continents, and propose to contribute to the mission of the Church following the charism of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation."
Religious Orders from Theology Library - Large selection of religious orders, also some religious communities.
The Sisters of Notre Dame - "An international congregation of Catholic women, committed, faith-filled and joyfulSpirituality and Mission: As Sisters of Notre Dame we are called to be apostolic women religious: witnessing to God's goodness… centered in Jesus Christ… sharing a life of faith and joyful simplicity… consecrated for mission in the Church…Living God's Goodness"
The Society of St. Paul - Vocations Office - "A vocation to prayer, community life, and a media mission as a priest or brother."
Xavier Missionaries - Catholic Missionary Life - "Mission News...Vocation Call...Vocation Letters...Q/A Discernment... Focus on Mission...Readings - Prayers...Mission Intention."
 
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