vocations

Archbishop Carlson reflects on five years of leading the archdiocese

When Archbishop Robert J. Carlson was appointed five years ago to lead the Archdiocese of St. Louis, his first response was to pray that he will love everyone.

After all, one of the primary roles of a spiritual leader is "to love the people you serve," he said then. "And if you want to see Christ in somebody, you have to love them, and you have to have a feeling for them."

Dear Father | By 'dying to self' in vocation, we become a living image of Christ

Father John Mayo

Q: Sometimes I hear religious, priests or others describe their vocation as a ‘dying to self.’ What does that mean?

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.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Marriage is a vocation, a gift from God

Shirley and Charles Drury joined Archbishop Robert J. Carlson at a reception and tour Aug. 8 highlighting the renovation of the Basilica of St. Louis King of France, popularly known as the Old Cathedral. Also shown is associated pastor of the Old Cathedral Father Richard Quirk, second from right, and Msgr. Jerome Billing, pastor. The nearly 180-year-old building is the oldest public structure still standing in the City of St. Louis and the oldest building in the city that remains in the hands of its original owners.

I have been writing about marriage and family life a lot lately. When I wrote about the seven sacraments during Lent, I reflected on marriage as a sign of God's love for us. When I wrote about the Church's teaching on social justice, I shared the Christian view that marriage and family life are essential to our understanding of the meaning of human society. And when I wrote about religious freedom, I argued that we do not have the right to "redefine" marriage, because it is a gift from God, not an arbitrary political or social contract.

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.

Steubenville serves as conduit for planting seeds for religious vocations

Jose Lopez, second from left, of Sacred Heart Parish in Columbia, Mo., joined other young men who responded to the call for those considering vocations in ministry during Mass at the 2013 Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America conference.

Drew Burkemper was hoping he would get through the entire weekend of Steubenville without a mention of vocations. Several years ago, as he attended the conference with his youth group from St. Joseph Parish in Manchester, Burkemper already had an idea that God might have been calling him to the priesthood. But he certainly wasn't ready to let the world know that.

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