Vocations and ordination

Editorial | A generous response to God's loving call

The 2012-13 academic year is under way at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, as late last month it welcomed 26 new seminarians to join 82 returning seminarians. These 108 young men are preparing for priestly ministry in many dioceses, including St. Louis, Colorado Springs, Knoxville, Bismarck and Belize City.

Two Benedictine brothers ordained deacons by Abp. Carlson

Sid Hastings 

Benedictines Brother Francis Hein (left) and Brother Cassian Koenemann pausd during the Mass of Ordination to the Diaconate where they became transitional Deacons at the Church of the Abbey of Saint Mary and Saint Louis in Creve Coeur, Mo. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Presiding was The Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis.

Two Benedictines at St. Louis Abbey in Creve Coeur have been ordained transitional deacons by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson.

Brother Francis Hein and Brother Cassian Koenemann, both natives of the St. Louis Archdiocese, were ordained Aug. 11 at the Abbey Church of St. Mary and St. Louis.

New Vatican doctrinal chief talks about traditionalist society, women religious discussions

VATICAN CITY -- Asked about how he would handle the most controversial cases he inherited, the new head of the Vatican's doctrinal office said, "For the future of the Church, it's important to overcome ideological conflicts from whatever side they come."

Archbishop Carlson to address LCWR assembly in St. Louis next week; sisters to discern Vatican assessment

Recent attention to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is expected to increase as almost 900 women religious will converge upon St. Louis for the organization's annual assembly Aug. 7-11 at the Millennium Hotel Downtown.

In April, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced a major reform of the LCWR, which has more than 1,500 members of U.S. congregations of women religious. They represent about 80 percent of the 57,000 women religious in the United States. It currently holds a canonical status that is granted by the Vatican.

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Sister Serena is 'adored' in her outreach to families in need

Sister Serena Downs, ASC, the site director of the Guardian Angel Child Development Center waved to children playing outside July 19.
Sister Serena Downs, ASC, the site director of the Guardian Angel Child Development Center waved to children playing outside July 19.

This is part of a series on communities of women religious in St. Louis and how they live out their charism here in St. Louis and in the world. We encourage you to join in the conversation on what St. Louis sisters mean to you by following the #STLSisters hashtag on Twitter.

As Sister Serena Downs bends down to greet one of her youngest friends, a long silver chain dangles from her neck. Attached to it is a pendant of a heart with a cross that pierces the top. It's the crest of her community, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.

Joyfully serving the Lord at Mass

Four-year-old gave the cruets of wine and water to Father Brian Harrison, OS, in the sacristy after Mass June 22 at the historic church Downtown.
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