Adoration, Eucharistic experiences foster a culture of vocations

Davide Bianchini, a seminarian, attended the vocations holy hour at St. Clement of Rome Parish in Des Peres. “I firmly believe it is the prayer that comes from this parish, day in and day out, that has been the impetus behind the vocations coming out of this parish.”

With all the talk of the "culture wars," it's easy to dismiss as meaningless platitudes the "culture of death," the "throwaway culture," and so on.

One of these "cultures," however, is slowing the steep drop in vocations to religious life: It's the "culture of vocations," fully alive in two archdiocesan communities.

Father Scheid Players bring faith to the stage

WEston Kenney | Westonkenney@archstl.org
Msgr. Norb Ernst, right, has been involved with each of the Father Scheid Players’ previous 35 shows. He will play the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz,” presented July 24-26 at Chaminade College Prepatory School’s Skip Viragh Center for the Arts.

With the youngest cast members on stage, two as young as 5 years old, director Dan Karcher stressed probably the most important aspect of not only rehearsing the scene at hand but moving the night along.

"Now pay attention, not just to your parts but to the other parts as well," he said, in a paternal sort of way. "It's important to focus for the next 10 minutes."

With the pep talk complete, the cast commenced "Munchkinland," singing and dancing about the stage with Rosati-Kain senior Marie Reddy in the ruby red slippers of Dorothy.

EDITORIAL | Support is crucial to priesthood vocations

On May 23, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson ordained six seminarians to the priesthood for service in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Fathers Peter Fonseca, Daniel Kavanagh, David Miloscia, Alexander Nord, Zachary Povis and Edward Voltz received their assignments that day, with most heading to parishes as associate pastors.

Work of vocation directors vital to church's future, says archbishop

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. -- Archbishop Jorge Patron Wong, secretary for seminaries at the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy, understands the need to affirm, assist and support priests involved in vocation ministry.

During his weeklong participation at the 51st annual convention of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, held Sept. 19-26 in Long Island, the archbishop made sure he connected with as many priests as he could, to encourage their efforts in helping men to respond to God's call to the priesthood.

Study: College choices can steer men toward thinking about priesthood

WASHINGTON -- The college experience -- and the Catholic college experience, especially -- can influence a young man's decision toward considering a priestly vocation, according to a study issued in early July by Boston College.

Among the factors that have helped sway a man's decision to enter priestly life are access to clergy at the college as well as access to the Mass and other elements of Catholic life.

TWENTY SOMETHING | Identical twins answer the call to priesthood

Christina Capecchi

Agnes Koenigsknecht had the look of an air-traffic controller, the one that strikes so many mothers of the bride.

"We need one round table on the stage," she instructed on a Friday morning in June, the eve of the big day. Her legion of helpers was in full force, a swirl of activity in the church hall: hauling tables, wheeling chairs, folding linens, slicing carrots. A 72-year-old uncle surveyed the scene, while a 9-month-old nephew scooted about.

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