vocations

Editorial | Permission granted — have fun

Christians who are too serious and gloomy have the Holy Spirit missing from their lives, Pope Francis said repeatedly.

That's why it's so good to see the success of Kenrick-Glennon Days, a summer camp for boys held at the seminary in Shrewsbury since 1999. The camp aids boys in vocational discernment and offers a balance of play and prayer, with fun activities ranging from playing Catholic Jeopardy to bursting water balloons.

Faith, fun and formation at Kenrick-Glennon Days

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One week each summer, the green grounds and marble halls of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary echo with cheering, chanting and bursting water balloons during the annual Kenrick-Glennon Days camp for sixth- through ninth-graders. Often, the only quiet space is the Chapel of St. Joseph, even when packed with more than 100 campers, counselors and seminarians.

This is exactly the balance for which the camp aims in aiding boys in vocational discernment: an environment of both play and prayer as they get to know the seminary.

Editorial | Why not, indeed?

We hear from time to time about wise judges. Mostly it's about court cases when a judge issues a particularly appropriate sentence.

But a judge wasn't presiding over a case involving Henry Stephan. Instead, the devoutly Catholic federal judge was Stephan's boss during an internship Stephan had with the court.

Holy Cross students get a glimpse of religious life

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Rachel Schaefer had a simple question after Sister Maryellen Tierney, CSJ, shared her vocation story.

"How did you know?" the Holy Cross Academy seventh-grader asked.

"That's a good question; how does anyone know?" said Sister Maryellen, who attended Catholic grade schools and Rosati-Kain High School before entering the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1957. A depiction of Jesus Christ's crucifixion resonated with her.

Pope: To foster vocations, trust young people

Pope Francis ordained one of 16 new priests at Mass in Suhrawardy Udyan park in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dec. 1.

ROME — To foster vocations, the Church must trust young people who, "despite belonging to the 'selfie' generation, look for full meaning in their lives, even when they do not always look for it where it can be found," Pope Francis stated.

"This is where we, consecrated men and women, have an important role: to remain awake to wake up young people, to be centered on the Lord to help young people center themselves in Him," he stated in a message to participants in a two-day conference on vocational ministry and consecrated life.

For seminarian, God wrote straight with crooked lines — or headlines

Anthony Federico, a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., prayed in the chapel at Theological College in Washington Oct. 25. After getting fired from a job at ESPN because of a poorly-phrased headline, Federico took another job which allowed him to go to Mass daily and discern his call to the priesthood.

WASHINGTON — Anthony Federico is one of three seminarians from the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., studying at Theological College in Washington. But he's the only one of them to inadvertently create an internet outcry.

Federico, who is 33 and in the third year of his theologate at Theological College, grew up in Connecticut, a big fan of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and the National Hockey League's Hartford Whalers.

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