religious life

TWENTY SOMETHING | ‘Greater horizons’: Tending to each other and our common home

"One should leave a field better than you found it," an old farmer's saying went.

Sometimes that called for heavy lifting. Other times it just meant picking up a rock as you crossed and placing it at the field's edge.

That counsel stuck with Sister Amy Hereford, CSJ, who grew up on a 10-acre farm in Missouri where sheep roamed and blackberries grew wild. She planted whatever vegetable seemed to be lacking.

Jesuits called to reconcile humanity with God, new superior says

ROME — Jesuits are called to face the challenges of today's world and contribute toward "reconciliation among human beings and, at the same time, a reconciliation with God and creation," said Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa Abascal, the newly elected Jesuit superior general.

"This is a great call to reconciliation. The kingdom of God cannot be present, cannot exist among us if we do not understand each other, if we do not recognize each other as people, if we do not try to have a situation in which the world can live in peace," he said.

GUEST COLUMNIST | Encouraging and fostering minority vocations

Deacon Charles Allen

Just more than nine years ago, I was blessed to be ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of St. Louis by then-Archbishop Raymond L. Burke.

Since that day -- the Feast of St. Charles Lwanga and Companions, June 3, 2006 -- no other African-American has been ordained to the permanent diaconate in the archdiocese.

Adoration, Eucharistic experiences foster a culture of vocations

Davide Bianchini, a seminarian, attended the vocations holy hour at St. Clement of Rome Parish in Des Peres. “I firmly believe it is the prayer that comes from this parish, day in and day out, that has been the impetus behind the vocations coming out of this parish.”

With all the talk of the "culture wars," it's easy to dismiss as meaningless platitudes the "culture of death," the "throwaway culture," and so on.

One of these "cultures," however, is slowing the steep drop in vocations to religious life: It's the "culture of vocations," fully alive in two archdiocesan communities.

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