Vocations and ordination

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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A ‘yes’ to vocations: Keeping good on his promise, Cardinal Timothy Dolan returns home for priest's first Mass

Cardinal Timothy Dolan addressed newly ordained Father Brian Fallon during his homily May 27 at Holy Infant Church. This is the second time in two years that Cardinal Dolan has returned to St. Louis for a first Mass of a Holy Infant parishioner. In 2010, he was the homilist at Father Anthony Yates’ first Mass.

Surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Father Brian Fallon and four other newly ordained priests celebrated their first Masses last weekend, just one day after their May 26 ordination at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. It was a culminating moment, a realization of all the hard work they had achieved through their years of formation in the seminary and a visible “yes” to God’s vocational calling.

17 former Anglicans ordained Catholic deacons in Britain

MANCHESTER, England -- Seventeen former Anglican priests were made deacons in one of the largest group ordinations in the modern history of the Catholic Church in Britain.

All the deacons will serve in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which in January 2011 became the first ordinariate to be set up under "Anglicanorum coetibus," the apostolic constitution issued by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2009 to allow the group reception of Anglicans.

Guest Viewpoint | Young priest's experience is an awe-inspiring task

I met a young priest in Fairfax, Va., last week. Of course "young" is a relative term. Everyone around me gets younger with each passing year.

Father Jaffe had been at the parish for less than a week and was the priest on call for the local hospital. It was 2 a.m. when his pager went off. A couple had lost their 8-year-old son hours before and the mother wouldn't let go of his body.

Mass of Priestly Ordination

Lisa Johnston | lisajonston@archstl.org Reverend Mr. Donald Anstoetter, Reverend Mr. Fadi Auro, Reverend Mr. William Dotson, Reverend Mr. Brian Fallon, and Reverend Mr. Daniel Shaughnessy lay prostrate before the Lord during the Mass of ordination celebrated by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
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