Vocations and ordination

Editorial | Make a difference for vocations

The number three is critical in making a difference in the life of someone contemplating a vocation. When three or more people encourage someone to consider a religious vocation, he or she is five times more likely to take serious steps toward answering that call.
Being alone in considering a vocation is tough. Even having one other person giving encouragement results in a doubling of the likelihood that someone will consider a vocation.

Nun Buddies: SSNDs and Notre Dame High students forge special friendships through partnership

Allison Moser exchanged the sign of peace during Mass with Sister Paul-Mary Draxler, SSND, Oct. 22 in the chapel at the School Sisters of Notre Dame motherhouse in Lemay. Moser is a junior at Notre Dame High School. Students spent Foundation Day with their “nun buddies,” the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

The sweet treats at Christmas and the handmade blankets are just a few of the perks, but the lasting benefit of the Nun Buddies program at Notre Dame High School are the friendships between students and the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

The all-girls private Catholic high school initiated the program about seven years ago as a way of pairing students mainly with about 80 School Sisters of Notre Dame who live and/or work at the community's motherhouse in Lemay. The program is unusual in that the school and motherhouse are located on the same campus.

Kenrick-Glennon seminarians to defend title against Clergy and Company at Souls and Goals game

The Kenrick-Glennon Seminary Lions soccer team's recent win against Concordia Seminary is just the fuel the team needs as it faces off with Clergy and Company at the second annual Souls and Goals Soccer Cup next week.

Catalyst for change in East St. Louis makes things happen

Sister Carol Lehmkuhl, OP has been a religious for 50 years and ministers in East St. Louis as director of the East Side Heart and Home Family Center. Sister Carol has worked the last decade with the poor, transforming a blighted neighborhood by slowly building new houses. Teaching skills of homeownership is an important element and a key to the sucess of the mission. She talked with a neighborhood helper, Sarah Hyde.

When Sparkill Dominican Sister Carol Lehmkuhl came to the East St. Louis, Ill., neighborhood, its most prominent feature was a big house with drug-dealing and prostitution. Dilapidated, abandoned homes dotted the landscape.

It wasn't a place where you'd want to be.

Now, the area outside what once was the rectory of the former St. Adalbert Parish is a neighborhood of new homes for low-income families. The streets are clean, and the drug-dealing and prostitution are for the most part gone.

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Six new priests ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Louis

New priests 2014

It probably goes without saying that sacramental ministry — celebrating Mass, hearing confessions, presiding at baptisms and weddings — is the highlight of any priest’s life. And for six young men who were ordained for the priesthood in the Archdiocese of St. Louis May 24, it was all they could talk about.

Dear Father | By 'dying to self' in vocation, we become a living image of Christ

Father John Mayo

Q: Sometimes I hear religious, priests or others describe their vocation as a ‘dying to self.’ What does that mean?

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