Laboure Society provides valuable help in vocations

The recent class of aspirants with the Laboure Society came from many states and are seeking to enter various religious communities. The Laboure Society promotes vocations by helping resolve student loans that keep some Catholics from entering the priesthood or religious life. Sarah Golden is fifth from the right.

Sarah Golden is thrilled to have found help as she seeks to discern her call to religious life.

The help is needed because she is among at least a third of the estimated 10,000 individuals discerning a priestly or religious vocation in the U.S. who are blocked from pursuing their call due to educational loans.

Good Shepherd sisters are ‘powerhouse of prayer’

LISA JOHNSTON | lisajohnston@archstl.org  Sister Mary Therese of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd prays quietly in the community chapel which they open to the children at Childcenter Marygrove.


This is part of a series on communities of women religious in St. Louis and how they live out their charism here and in the world. We encourage you to join in the conversation on what St. Louis sisters mean to you by following the #STLSisters hashtag on Twitter.

When St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier founded the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in France in 1831, she envisioned the contemplative community as a “powerhouse of prayer.”

Deacons serve Church with faith and love

Deacon Dennis Barbero visited with a resident at Delmar Gardens North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Florissant Jan. 30.

Some men are never too busy to hear the voice of God. Many of those men can be found serving in the permanent diaconate.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has called the St. Louis Archdiocese “blessed with outstanding permanent deacons who minister to our people with great love and devotion.” Since 1977, 392 men have gone through the formation process in the St. Louis Archdiocese and been ordained permanent deacons. There are 196 active deacons serve in the archdiocese.

Vincentian Marian Youth continues to attract vocations

It's been a long-running joke that there's something in the water in Southeast Missouri.

But the truth of the matter is there really is something about the number of vocations being realized in young people, thanks in part to the efforts of Vincentian Marian Youth.

Poor Clare professes living the Gospel in poverty | with multimedia


Video by Lisa Johnston

By Jennifer Brinker | jbrinker@stlouisreview.com

Dominicans here see steady increase in vocations

Dominican student brothers gather at Aquinas Institute Spirit Week 2010. The order has seen a steady increase in vocations, and this fall welcomed 10 men, its largest class in more than 20 years.

Bringing Christ to a spiritually hungry world is one way the Dominicans describe themselves.

Men who are seeking to make Christ known and loved — today's apostles living and spreading the Good News — is another way they put it.

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