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2 Deacons Ordained at Holy Cross Seminary in Australia

Friday, December 19, 2014

Please join me in praying for these two deacons, as they progress on the journey to priesthood.
The SSPX's Holy Cross Seminary in Goulburn, Australia is joyfully announcing the ordination of 2 subdeacons to the diaconate which took place on December 18th. Or as Fr. Paul Robinson, seminary professor, e-mailed us: "Yesterday was the biggest day of the year for us here at Holy Cross... Deo gratias!"

The beautiful ceremony of the ordination of deacons took place during a Pontifical Solemn Mass celebrated in the seminary's chapel and attended by representatives of the ordinand's families as well as 22 priests, 19 sisters and many faithful. During the sermon, Bishop de Galarreta spoke about the triple service that a deacon must render: to the altar, to the manifestation of the Faith, and to the Mystical Body of Christ.

Source: SSPX

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How I Found My Vocation: By A Traditional Seminarian

Monday, December 08, 2014

The following story is submitted by a traditional seminarian who wishes to remain anonymous. Within the next year, he will be ordained to the priesthood.  Please keep him in your prayers.


The priestly vocation, unlike the married life and even the celibate single and religious vocation, is more special and restricted in at least two ways. First, only men can be priests. Second, it is only for men with certain objective qualities of body, mind, and soul, whom Our Lord Himself chooses, and this Divine choice is discerned by the proper authorities of the Church hierarchy, namely, the rector of the seminary, any other superior involved in the seminarian’s evaluation, and ultimately, the Ordaining bishop. God’s providence is always a bit mysterious to us because we cannot see everything all at once like He does. That only men can be priests is simple enough to understand, from Divine Revelation, and even from some natural considerations of the differences between men and women. But as to why God chooses this man and not another, all other things being equal, this is the more mysterious question.

By the grace and mercy of God I have been chosen to this holy vocation of the priesthood, and my ordination will take place later this spring. I will tell some of my life background and some of the story of how I came to decide to apply for seminary at all, and how I continued the discernment process during seminary. It is only the story of one unique person, but perhaps similar in some ways to others’ stories. I pray that this will be profitable and encouraging for those young men who have not yet made a choice for their state of life.

Thanks be to God, I grew up in a practicing Catholic family of six, though we were as badly catechized as most have been nowadays. My mother converted to the Catholic Faith when I was 4 years old, so from my childhood perspective, she was always Catholic. As a family, we almost always ate dinner together, praying the meal blessing, and when my two brothers and my sister and I were very young, my father would pray briefly with us before we went to bed. My father and mother were good parents. They were watchful and cautious, but on the other hand, they were not overbearing. They also taught us good manners and expected us to use them. My grandfather, who died when I was 12, was a pious Catholic.

After learning of his cancer, he lived for 7 more years, much longer than was predicted, and during those years He went to daily Mass. I have memories of him also praying with us when were little. He also had much love and respect for priests, and I remember seeing so many priests at his funeral. Several years later, probably around the time I was preparing for my Confirmation, I recall a couple of times when my father asked me if I had considered becoming a priest. A little later, while still in high school, I was asked again, but by a visiting priest. I also remember a time when our pastor preached about answering the call of God to a priestly or religious vocation. During those times, I had such a poor understanding of what the priest is and does, that I could not appreciate why a man would give up the possibility of marriage for such a life. Moreover, I had always desired a family of my own because I admired very much my parents and I had a great love for family life.

By the time I got to college, I had no idea what I should study. I was annoyed by the pressures to “try and get a good degree so you can make a good salary.” I soon became bored and frustrated with college because I had no desire to pursue a career which required many years of school, and although I wanted to marry, I did not know any good catholic women who were available or interested in marriage. Then one day, I decided to go on a retreat run by the university Newman center. Overall, it was a good experience, or at least God made good use of it for me. I came out resolved to get more active in the parish there, and one of my resolutions was to sign up for a weekly hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (first time in my life). It was during some of those holy hours that my life began to really change for the better. I stumbled upon a few good traditional Catholic books about the Rosary and the Holy Eucharist, and while reading them I was impressed by the seriousness and the sense of the supernatural which pervaded them. I had never read anything like it. I was consumed with the desire of learning more and more. The most surprising and wonderful discovery was that of the Traditional Latin Mass.

Incidentally, I had heard of the Latin Mass before because one of my ex-girlfriends from high school had mentioned it to me back then when her family started attending it, but I had forgotten about this. I did a lot of searching on different traditional Catholic websites, some of which were more helpful than others. It was difficult for me because what I was learning, regarding the Mass especially, did not seem to fit well with what I was seeing every Sunday. The crucial point was when I read the English translation of the 1962 Missal side by side with the Novus Ordo missal. I saw how much was altered or taken out and I was upset that all these beautiful things were taken away, in my case hidden away, and I wanted to worship God at that Mass. Besides, there was not a Traditional Mass near by, I had no car, and I knew no one at that university who liked or desired the Traditional Mass.

Because of the Mass, and for other reasons as well, I moved back home where there were several Traditional Masses at a reasonable distance. I will never forget the first time I went to the Traditional Latin Mass. It was a first Friday, Sung Mass of the Sacred Heart. The beautiful traditional style Church, the simple beauty of the chant, the complex beauty of the ceremony, and especially the silence, all impressed me very much. I had trouble following in the missal but I realized that I could just pray and be in wonder, especially during the silent Canon. After a few more times I got more accustomed to it and I was sure that this was the Mass I should attend.

After three semesters at a local university, I had been attending the Latin Mass for a little more than a year, and I realized how much happier I was in general, because even though I still did not know what to do after college, I at least had some direction in my life with respect to eternity. Then before long, I began to pay a little more attention to that annoying thought about the priesthood that kept coming up. When I finally accepted the possibility of trying a priestly vocation, I considered it only in the context of the Traditional Latin rite because it was this rite of Mass which got me to love more the Mass and the Priesthood. Initially, I intended to finish college first, but eventually, the thought bothered me so much that I could not ignore it anymore. So I took off a semester and visited a few options for seminary. I reluctantly visited the diocesan seminary, at the insistence of my mom, since I knew there was practically no chance of receiving any traditional formation in doctrine and spirituality, much less liturgy.

Soon after, I decided to apply for the traditional seminary I had already visited earlier that year and I got a letter back a month later that summer saying that I was accepted for the coming fall semester of that year. Even before receiving the letter, I began to have many doubts about the seminary I had chosen and I began thinking of dropping this discernment of a priestly vocation all together. After awhile I became very anxious and miserable. Thankfully, a good traditional priest encouraged me to just go and to trust in God’s providence. So I decided to go and at least give the seminary a try for a year. After the first year, I was still a little unsure about continuing. I was more certain that I had a priestly vocation but I was not sure if this was the right place to continue.

Over the next few years, it was a similar pattern, times of consolation contrasted with times of doubt, sometimes about whether I should try a different seminary or community, or whether I should leave and pursue marriage instead. In every case, it was the same kind of trick the devil used, insinuating doubts which led to anxiety and sadness. When I struggled with these doubts, I never felt peace, and I have learned that the loss of peace is always a good sign that it is not an inspiration from God, or at least, one cannot, at such times, make the best decision about one’s state of life.

By the time I was ordained a deacon, I had grown a bit more, and I had learned to trust more in Our Lord and His Will, which is almost always manifested in objective circumstances and through the teaching and advice of His ministers. We do not judge ourselves well because we do not observe ourselves from without but from within. This does not necessarily mean we see ourselves falsely, but often, we do not see the whole picture clearly.

I give thanks to God especially for my first spiritual director in the seminary, who was my director for almost all of my formation until the year of my diaconate ordination. Without a doubt, I would have left the seminary long ago, if it were not for his patient direction. My current spiritual director has also helped me tremendously. Another important thing I have learned in seminary, regarding the discerning of a priestly vocation, is that God does not call certain men to be priests because they are more holy or more worthy than others. As the pastor of my home parish put it one Sunday many years ago, “God does not choose the qualified, but He qualifies the chosen.” He may often choose men who are very virtuous, who are, thus, in a way, more prepared for such a vocation, but God chooses whom He wills for His own reason, which remains a mystery to us.

No one is worthy of the gift of the sacred priesthood. As St. Paul said, “God has chosen the weak things of the world, that he may confound the strong.” Likewise Our Lord Himself told St. Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you; for power is made perfect in infirmity.” So if you feel you are too sinful, do not be afraid, because if God wills that you be a priest, He will undoubtedly give you all the graces you need and more. When St. Peter protested “Lord, depart from me, for I am a sinful man,” Our Lord responded, “Fear not. From now on you will catch men.”

I have chosen to keep this story as anonymous as possible, including the name of the seminary, for several reasons, but I do not think this will detract from the possible utility for those who read it. For all those young men out there who may read this, I appeal to you to be thoughtful and generous when considering the possibility of a priestly vocation. If you are not yet married, are in good health without great financial debts or family burdens, have at least average or normal intelligence, and are willing to do something great for Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, then why not contact a seminary and inquire about applying? Obviously preferences, but more importantly convictions, have a lot to do with one’s choice. For me, once I realized how much better the Traditional Liturgy was, and why it was better, I could not reasonably choose a seminary without it. So I decided to apply to a seminary where I would be ordained to offer the Traditional Liturgy. Why not offer God the best when you have a choice?

Regarding the desire for marriage, I recall another point that stayed with me from that first college retreat, when someone told us during the vocations talk, that many of the good qualities of a good priest are the same as those of a good father. Even if you may not at first have a great desire to be a priest, you may come to desire it while learning about the priesthood at seminary, or perhaps not, but nothing is lost in trying and much will be gained. If you leave the seminary after an honest try, chances are, you would end up being a better father if you married. I never heard a voice in my head telling me what to do, but I started discerning by taking an honest look at the circumstances in my life, then I investigated the requirements for entering seminary, and finally, I made up my mind to just go try the seminary.

The rest of the discernment is easy, in a way, because your spiritual director helps you a lot, and ultimately, your superiors who evaluate you end up deciding whether you are to be accepted for ordination. The only thing that remains after that is to trust Our Lord and say “yes” with all your heart, as Our Lady did when she agreed to become the mother of God saying, “Let it be done to me according to thy word.” Please pray for me as I prepare for my priestly ordination. May God bless you and may Our Lady guide you in your discernment!

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Holy Vocations: New Member Information: Seeking More Authors

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Introduction

Thank you for your interest in joining Holy Vocations. As stated on the blog, Holy Vocations Blog consists "of people  discerning vocations to the religious life. There are people here that are thinking of the priesthood and those that are thinking of becoming nuns or religious sisters... If you are discerning a vocation to be a priest, nun, religious sister, monk, deacon or if you are currently in formation, then I invite you to join this blog."

Pledge

Each member of the Holy Vocations Blog must accept the following pledge. This pledge is simply to ensure that contributors are faithful Catholics rather than dissenting ones. Please read the pledge and if you accept it, please inform Matthew, the Founder of Holy Vocations Blog. Contact him via email: acatholiclife[at]gmail[dott]com.

All members of this blog are completely faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. We each pledge our loyalty and obedience to the Catholic Faith and adhere to all the rules and regulations of the Catholic Faith, which have been taught and passed down to the Faithful through the past generations. We have read and support the Oath Against Modernism by Pope St. Pius X. All of us are spiritually united in our devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Eucharist, and the Communion of Saints. We pledge our lives to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Labels

Holy Vocations loves contributions. There is no requirement as to the frequency of posts; post whenever you have time. You can post updates about your vocation, news stories on ordinations, links to orthodox religious orders, etc. In your posts, however, we ask you only to add one label to each post. In particular, please only use your display name as the label. This way, readers can search for your posts with the click of a button. It is more user-friendly. The only other label used will be "Blogging" and that is to be used if you were to change the background music, ask about the blog's template, etc. It is just used for discussing the blog in general.

Prayer


St. Paul specifically calls all Christians to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). For without prayer, we can hope to gain nothing from God. For this reason, all members of Holy Vocations Blog should live a life of dedicated prayer. It is highly encouraged that all members of the blog attend Mass as often as possible as well as pray the Divine Office [Lauds, Vespers, and Compline] and Rosary daily. In addition, all members of the blog should say a prayer daily for holy vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Specifically, all members of Holy Vocations Blog should pray daily for each other, if not by name, then at least say a prayer for the general intention of "the members of Holy Vocations Blog".

Acceptance

If you would still like to join the blog (and I certainly hope you do!) then please email Matthew at acatholiclife@gmail.com. After informing an administrator of your acceptance of the pledge and desire to still join the blog you will be sent an automatic invitation by Blogger. Follow the instructions in the email by Blogger to join the blog.

First Post

For your first post, please write an introduction post. Call it "Introductions: Your Name or Screenname". If you could, write a little about yourself, why you joined the blog, what you hope to get out of this group blog, and about your own vocation. Thank you for joining! Please keep us updated on your vocation!

Laudetur Jesus Christus,

Matthew
Blog Administrator

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Bishop Williamson Ordains a Brazilian Deacon

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Bishop Williamson Ordains Br. Andre

Just a few days ago His Excellency Bishop Williamson ordained a deacon in Brazil.  Photo source: Militia Jesu Christi.

For those unfamiliar with His Excellency’s current dealings, you should check out his newly released website on the St. Marcel Initiative.  

Prayer for Vocations by Ven. Pope Pius XII

Lord Jesus, High Priest and universal Shepherd, Thou hast taught us to pray, saying: "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest" [Matt. 9: 38]. Therefore we beseech Thee graciously to hear our supplications and raise up many generous souls who, inspired by Thy example and supported by Thy grace, may conceive the ardent desire to enter the ranks of Thy sacred ministers in order to continue the office of Thy one true priesthood.

Although Thy priests live in the world as dispensers of the mysteries of God, yet their mission demands that they be not men of this world. Grant, then, that the insidious lies and vicious slanders directed against the priesthood by the malignant enemy and abetted by the world through its spirit of indifference and materialism may not dim the brilliance of the light with which they shine before men, nor lessen the profound and reverent esteem due to them. Grant that the continual promotion of religious instruction, true piety, purity of life and devotion to the highest ideals may prepare the groundwork for good vocations among youth. May the Christian family, as a nursery of pure and pious souls, become the unfailing source of good vocations, ever firmly convinced of the great honor that can redound to our Lord through some of its numerous offspring. Come to the aid of Thy Church, that always and in every place she may have at her disposal the means necessary for the reception, promotion, formation and mature development of all the good vocations that may arise. For the full realization of all these things, O Jesus, Who art most zealous for the welfare and salvation of all, may Thy graces continually descend from heaven to move many hearts by their irresistible force; first, the silent invitation; then generous cooperation; and finally perseverance in Thy holy service.

Art Thou not moved to compassion, O Lord, seeing the crowds like sheep without a shepherd, without anyone to break for them the bread of Thy word, or to lead them to drink at the fountains of Thy grace, so that they are continually in danger of becoming a prey to ravening wolves? Does it not grieve Thee to behold so many unplowed fields where thorns and thistles are allowed to grow in undisputed possession? Art Thou not saddened that many of Thy gardens, once so green and productive, are now on the verge of becoming fallow and barren through neglect?

O Mary, Mother most pure, through whose compassion we have received the holiest of priests; O glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, perfect model of cooperation with the Divine call; O holy priests, who in Heaven compose a choir about the Lamb of God: obtain for us many good vocations in order that the Lord's flock, through the support and government of vigilant shepherds, may attain to the enjoyment of the most delightful pastures of eternal happiness

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Traditional Dominican Friars of Steffeshausen

Friday, October 24, 2014

Dominican Friars of Steffeshausen
Find out about a new traditional religious community, the Dominican Friars of Steffeshausen, Belgium, and see how you can help them... or even join the Third Order of St. Dominic.

A video has just been published about a new foundation of traditional Dominican friars in Belgium and the Third Order that they are offering to the faithful.

This new community of traditional Dominican friars was founded on November 15, 2013, in Steffeshausen, a little village in the southeast corner of Belgium. They were invited there by the villagers after the death of their parish priest, who had kept the traditional Mass and was persecuted by his bishop some 25 years ago. They offered the church and rectory built by this priest to these friars as a first home for their fledgling community. Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta, who assists those religious communities affiliated with the SSPX, accepted to help the foundation as its ecclesiastical superior.

The goal of the community is simply to continue the true spirit of St. Dominic as it has been embodied for eight centuries, an ideal summed up perfectly by St. Thomas Aquinas in a few words in his Summa Theologica which have become a sort of motto of the Order: "To contemplate and give to others what has been contemplated."

Thus a Dominican must be first and above all a true contemplative, and in order to achieve this end the Constitutions prescribe all of the monastic practices followed by contemplative orders: the Divine Office in common, silence, fasting, chapter of faults, etc. Of course, this includes the three vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience common to all religious.

On top of this, however, Dominicans add the obligation of study, in order to be able to attain the secondary end of the Order: the preaching of the Word of God, to “give to others what has been contemplated.”

Since November the friars at Steffeshausen have been living this life of contemplation and preaching. There are at present four priests and one lay brother, three of whom are French and two Canadian. Some young men have already presented themselves to ask to join them and they plan to begin to receive postulants in the fall of 2015.

The Dominicans belong to an Order of mendicant preachers. It is by alms that they are able to lead their life of prayer and study that will permit them to prepare their apostolate.

You can help the Dominicans by making a donation:
  • send a personal check (in US dollars) to their address in Belgium made out to: Fr. Albert
  • via PayPal to their account: luxmundi@mail.com
  • or make a donation online via the Foreign Missions; mention: Steffeshausen Dominicans
  • donate via check to Foreign Missions Trust (PO Box 114, Farley, MO 64028); mention: Steffeshausen Dominicans
Correspondence can be sent to:

Dominicans Fathers
Steffeshausen 5
4790 Burg Reuland
Belgium

or

Dominican Third Order
PO Box 175
St. Mary's, KS 66536
USA

Source: E-Pistola of 10/24/14

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Ordinary Holiness: Story & Spirituality of St. Joseph Marello

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A recommended item for discerners:

St. Joseph Marello

The life of St. Joseph Marello, fonder of the Obaltes of St. Joseph, was one of silence and simplicity, spent in service to the poor and in devotion to his patron St. Joseph. Meet the humble man who now serves the entire Church as a model of sanctity and humility. His devotion was so deep, it spread around world through the Oblates of St. Joseph, and you will be challenged to follow his call to do the ordinary in an extraordinary way – a call to “ordinary holiness”. Color DVD. Approximately 17 minutes.

View the item here.

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Sisters of Life Talk in Chicago on October 18th

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Come hear the awesome vocations story of these sisters who have dedicated their lives to LIFE. Meet the sisters and other young people interested in the pro-life movement.

Sisters of Life from New York City
St. John Cantius Church
Saturday, October 18 at 8pm

The event is open to youth and young adults but all are welcome!
Contact Father Nathan for more information: youth@cantius or 312-243-7373

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Sisters, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Sunday, October 05, 2014


Four of the Sisters, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary were honored to be present at the Beatification of Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovic yesterday at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. Many of the MICM community had been present at the exhumation of the new Blessed over thirty years ago and it was a special grace to witness this important step in the journey towards canonization. Our Sister Miriam Teresa received her name in honor of Blessed Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovic!

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Pray for the Ordination of Jamey Rigi

Friday, September 19, 2014


The USA District Office is happy to announce the forthcoming priestly ordination of Rev. Mr. Jamey Rigi at Immaculate Conception Church in Post Falls, Idaho on September 20th, Ember Saturday. Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais will perform the ordination during the celebration of a solemn Pontifical Mass.

The faithful are cordially invited to attend this important occasion in the life of our priestly society and further details will be announced in the near future. In the meantime, please keep deacon, Mr. Jamey Rigi, in your prayers.

Extending now to 589 priests (and then 590 as of September 20th), the Society of St. Pius X continues to push forth fruit as a living branch of the Roman Catholic Church.

Source: SSPX.org

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St. Bernard Abbey Receives 4 Novices

Sunday, September 07, 2014


At First Vespers of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 14, Abbot Cletus Meagher received three new postulants into the novitiate of St. Bernard Abbey. The new novices were formally given the Benedictine habit of tunic, scapular and belt. On the occasion, each received his new name to be used in his new way of life.

Brother Novice Dominic (Stephen) Lee was born in Madison, Alabama 20 years ago. Ten years later his family moved to Huntsville, Alabama where they remain and are members of Holy Spirit Parish. Brother Dominic was homeschooled throughout his high school years. He has two older sisters and three younger brothers. One of his sisters is a Benedictine nun at the Abbey of St. Walburga in northern Colorado.

Born and reared in Birmingham, Alabama, Brother Paschal (Gabriel) Pautler is 18 years old. He has a younger sister and two younger brothers, as well as an older half-brother and a half-sister. Brother Paschal attended St. Rose Academy in Birmingham before coming to St. Bernard Prep as a boarding student in the 9th grade. He graduated from SBP in May 2014 and entered the monastery just two weeks later, drawn to the Benedictine life he saw lived out during his four years as a St. Bernard student.

Brother Pachomius (Gustavo) Alverado is 36 years old. He was born in Matanzas, Cuba. Brother’s mother and his sister, his only sibling, live together in Cuba. His father is deceased. While still in Cuba, Brother Pachomius attended university where he studied Social Media. Before completing his degree, he was hired by a marketing and public relations company in Bogota, Columbia. He held that job for two years during which time he learned of the Benedictine monastery of Tibati in Bogota. After several visits to the monastery, he decided to join them. However, after about a year and a half, he chose to leave Tibati before completing his novitiate. While at the monastery of Tibati, he met our Father Joel Martin, who was in Colombia recruiting for the Prep School. Father Joel apparently made a good impression on Brother Pachomius as the meeting led him to investigate St. Bernard Abbey and come to the U.S.A.

Having served their initial two months in the monastery as postulants, the three men will live as novices (beginners) in the monastery for one year plus one day, making it possible to profess their first vows on the Solemnity of the Assumption, 15 August 2015. Remaining at the monastery for the entirety of their novitiate year, the novices will live the Benedictine life of prayer and work, and spend time studying the Rule of Saint Benedict, monastic tradition and spirituality, and Sacred Scripture. They and the community will use this year to discern whether God is calling them to live the monastic life and its vows of Stability, Obedience, and Conversion of Life (conversatio morum) at Saint Bernard Abbey.
Source: Cullman Times

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