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Deacon Jeff Himes Prepares for Ordination

As Deacon Jeff Himes prepares for his ordination to the Catholic priesthood, it is fitting to take a moment and reflect on his journey to Daylesford Abby.  This marks a new chapter for Deacon Jeff Himes and an exciting moment for Daylesford Abbey. Deacon Jeff Himes followed a unique path to Daylesford.  Certainly the Spirit was present in his life, even when Deacon Jeff didn’t realize it. As we celebrate this moment in Daylesford Abbey’s history, please take a moment to read Deacon Jeff’s profile we produced for his ordination last year.  Click here. Deacon Jeff is on retreat this [...]

Deacon Jeff Himes Prepares for Ordination2024-06-17T08:28:06-04:00

The Solemnity of Pentecost and Catholic Vocations

Last weekend, we celebrated Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came to the apostles. They were filled with the Holy Spirit as God's spirit descended upon them.  The Solemnity of Pentecost is a time to consider our vocations as Catholics. We too in these modern times experience this perfect gift, the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit through the sacraments. These gifts are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and the fear of the Lord. These gifts can spread the good news of the Gospel, bring glory to God, and guide others to encounter God. Pentecost reminds us to ask the [...]

The Solemnity of Pentecost and Catholic Vocations2024-05-28T08:46:51-04:00

What Does the Word Vocation Mean?

The word vocation has many meanings.  A vocation is a strong feeling that you are good at a certain job or career, or a suitable occupation. A vocation is like a calling or fervent desire to do something specific. A vocation is a special calling from God. It can lead someone to become a priest or join a religious community. Those who answer this call live by the evangelical counsels. In the past, men frequently chose to join the military, workforce, or seminary. Men entered a seminary to become a priest in a diocese or religious order. They also did [...]

What Does the Word Vocation Mean?2024-05-28T09:03:50-04:00

World Day for Vocations: Fostering Vocations and the Spirit of Daylesford Abbey

With Sunday April 21, 2024 being the World Day for Vocations, it is important to pray for the men and women discerning their call from God. In the hustle and bustle of our modern lives, amidst the cacophony of distractions and obligations, there exists a tranquil oasis where the spiritual seeker finds solace and purpose. Daylesford Abbey, a place of profound serenity nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania, stands as a beacon of contemplation and prayer. But it is not merely a physical sanctuary; it is a symbol of devotion, a testament to the enduring quest for deeper meaning in [...]

World Day for Vocations: Fostering Vocations and the Spirit of Daylesford Abbey2024-04-21T18:00:02-04:00

The Sacred Triduum, Highlight of the Liturgical Year 

The Sacred Triduum, also known as the Paschal Triduum, is a Christian tradition that lasts for three days. The Triduum is the highlight of holy week and the Catholic Church's liturgical year.  The Triduum is a time to remember the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, his rising from the dead. This Christian celebration of the Roman Catholic church begins this year on the evening of Holy Thursday, March 28. The celebration concludes on the evening of Easter Sunday, March 31st, with Vespers and Compline for those who pray the Liturgy of the Hours. The schedule for the Triduum [...]

The Sacred Triduum, Highlight of the Liturgical Year 2024-04-09T16:41:57-04:00

The Catholic Liturgy: The Height of Worship

Liturgy refers to the prescribed forms of public worship found in religious traditions, particularly in Christianity.  For Catholics, the Liturgy is the height of worship. It is a sacred experience recalling Christ's passion, death and resurrection.  At the center of the Liturgy. Liturgy includes rituals, prayers, hymns, readings, and gestures in communal worship. This usually has a set format and helps people connect spiritually, participate together, and express their faith. In Christian contexts, liturgy can vary depending on the denomination and tradition. For example, liturgical traditions include the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican/Episcopal, and some Protestant denominations. Traditions have unique [...]

The Catholic Liturgy: The Height of Worship2024-03-04T11:40:32-05:00

Celebrating The Seven Sacraments in the Catholic Church

The Seven Sacraments are central rituals in the Catholic Church and other Christian traditions. People believe that they are outward signs of inward grace, which Christ instituted and entrusted to the Church. Our Catholic vocation calls us to receive these sacraments as a means of experiencing God’s grace. Types of Sacraments We categorize the sacraments into three groups. These groups are initiation, healing, and service of Communion. The initiation group includes Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. The healing group consists of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick. Lastly, the service of Communion group includes Marriage and Holy Orders. Baptism. Through the [...]

Celebrating The Seven Sacraments in the Catholic Church2024-03-01T15:00:50-05:00

What Is A Religious Abbey

For many Catholics, the distinction between an abbey and a monastery is somewhat unclear. What is an Abbey, exactly?  The dictionary defines the word “abbey “as the building or buildings occupied by a community of monks or nuns. In Christian spiritual contexts, this word primarily refers to a large monastery or convent. Abbeys are homes for men and women with a particular Catholic vocation; they are called to be monks and or nuns who live together, pray, work, and study according to their religious order's rules. The History of the Abbey Abbeys have a rich historical background and history. Monks began in [...]

What Is A Religious Abbey2024-02-04T20:00:24-05:00

How to Become a Priest

Discerning a  Catholic vocation to the priesthood begins with understanding the process of how to become a priest.  In general, a priest is a religious leader or figure typically associated with a particular faith or religious tradition. The role and responsibilities of priests can vary widely depending on the specific religious context. Here are some common types of priests found in different religious traditions. In the Catholic Faith there are several types of priests.  A diocesan priest is ordained to serve the faithful in a particular diocese.  An ordered priest is a member of a religious community and will serve [...]

How to Become a Priest2024-02-04T19:34:28-05:00

Advent: New Liturgical Year, New Beginnings and New Opportunities

Advent marks the new Liturgical Year; it is a time for new opportunities and new beginnings.  Today we are in the season of Advent Soon, on January 1st we will start a new calendar year too, 2024.  The New year will be marked by fireworks, champagne toasts, get togethers of friends and families, and warm embraces as the clock strikes midnight. Students involved in sports at their high schools will be ending cross country, football, and now flag football for girls. Boys and girls will be ending basketball and soccer. Boys and girls will now begin lacrosse, softball and swimming, [...]

Advent: New Liturgical Year, New Beginnings and New Opportunities2024-03-22T17:03:49-04:00
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