Vocations and ordination

Vocations Office accepting nominations for annual Fisher of Men award

Submissions are open for the Fisher of Men Award, presented annually to an archdiocesan pastor who has fostered a genuine culture of vocations in his priestly ministry, inspiring young men and women to follow Christ in the priesthood and religious life.

The award, now in its second year, is sponsored by the archdiocesan Office of Vocations. Father Christopher Martin, vocations director, is inviting members of Catholic parishes throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis to nominate their pastors for the honor.

Editorial | Encourage those who discern God's call

A little encouragement can go a long way.

The Catholic Church in the United States is celebrating National Vocation Awareness Week Jan. 13-19. The annual event is a reminder for parishes and individuals to consider the importance of promoting the role of priests, deacons and religious order brothers and sisters to Catholics deciding on their future.

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.

Fostering vocations is everyone's job

A person's vocation in life is considered a mystery and identity given by God. But it is everyone's job to foster those vocations, according to Father Christopher Martin, director of the archdiocesan Office of Vocations.

Kolbe House reopens in archdiocese to address growing trend of seminary candidates with mounting debt

Father Christopher Martin, vocations director for the archdiocese, walked with his dog, Samson, outside of the rectory of Sts. Mary and Joseph, which is the new St. Maximilian Kolbe House of Discernment.

Christopher Rubie first thought about becoming a priest when he was in high school. He attended a Kenrick-Glennon Days summer camp, something that many high school boys do as they're thinking about the vocation.

But the feeling started to wane when he entered college. He got involved in campus life and soon the thought of the priesthood became a distant past. Rubie went on to earn a bachelor's degree in philosophy and, later, a master's degree in legal studies.

Dear Father | Third orders give opportunity for laity to live religious life according to their vocations

We should not be surprised that the Church is in constant state of renewal and reform. After all, she is, as Christ's Body and Bride, a living thing. The third orders have always played a vital role in that renewal. Their growth accelerated greatly in response to the crises of the 13th century.

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