Vocations and ordination

BEFORE THE CROSS | The generous single life responds to call to holiness

Archbishop Carlson presented Servant to the Poor Awards to women from 58 parishes in the archdiocese. The 16th annual Archdiocesan Catholic Women’s Recognition Awards event was held Aug. 18 at Holy Spirit Parish in Maryland Heights. Parishes in the archdiocese were invited to prayerfully select a woman from their parish who best exemplifies the category of Servant to the Poor. Each woman chosen for the Servant to the Poor Award is a woman who serves the poor in extraordinary ways and is a woman who has chosen to live simply. The model for Servant to the Poor Award is Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

During the past several weeks, I have been writing about vocations as a deeply personal response to the universal call to holiness. I have written about the call to priesthood, the consecrated life and marriage. Now I want to share with you some thoughts about the dedicated single life.

St. Louisans profess vows in Apostles of the Sacred Heart

Several St. Louis natives and others with ties to St. Louis entered the novitiate or professed vows in the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus earlier this month.

Sister Virginia Herbers, formation director in St. Louis, said that "the community of Apostles has been greatly blessed to have women of deep faith joining us to continue our ministry and mission. We have been extremely pleased to be able to move our program for the temporary professed to the Archdiocese of St. Louis while maintaining our novitiate at our provincial house in Hamden, Conn."

Novices profess first vows as Jesuits

Nine men -- including two who are from St. Louis -- professed first vows as Jesuits during a Mass on Aug. 17 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Grand Coteau, La., culminating the first phase of Jesuit formation in the novitiate at St. Charles College.

Several Nashville Dominicans mark transitions along vocational path

Sister Margaret Mary Sallwasser, left, and Sister Mary Justin Haltom helped Sister Mary Gianna Klein prepare for the Mass where she was among 11 members of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia making their final profession of the simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Sister Margaret Mary and Sister Mary Gianna are from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation celebrated a series of transitions in their Nashville-based community as several women made their final profession of vows or their first profession of vows, and still others entered the novitiate.

The transitions will be capped with the arrival Aug. 15 of 28 young women who will enter the community as postulants.

Witnessing the 'grandeur of God'

Thomas Hogan went on the St. George Trek, a high-adventure Catholic leadership program at Philmont Scout Ranch located in the Sangre de Cristo Range of the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico. Only selected Boy Scouts and Venture Crew members get to attend the two-week hiking adventure.

Discerning a vocation while trekking through the wilderness might sound like a challenge to some, but for Thomas Hogan it was the perfect chance to have a special encounter with God and His creation.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Everyone has a vocation to be holy


Every baptized Christian has a vocation. We are each called to be holy after the example of our Lord Jesus Christ and all the holy women and men who have followed Him during the past 2,000 years.

What does it mean to be "holy?" And why does the Church teach that the vocation, or call, to holiness extends to every Christian, including you and me?

In its fullest meaning, "holiness" means perfection. We are called to be perfect, the Lord says, "as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt 5:48).

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