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St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on the Upswing

2020-02-20T09:29:09-05:00

Despite an overall decline across both the United States and here at home within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in Catholic Mass attendance, baptisms and Catholic schools and parishes, attendance at St. Charles Seminary in Wynnewood, PA is on the rise. Future priests for the Archdiocese are formed here (as well as many priests for other dioceses). In 2006, 41 men were enrolled to study at St. Charles for the Philadelphia Archdiocese. This marked the lowest enrollment number in a century.  But the general trend since then has been on the rise. For the 2019-2020 academic year, 81 men were enrolled.  These [...]

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on the Upswing2020-02-20T09:29:09-05:00

Kirstin Holum, Speed Skating To Religious Life

2020-01-15T16:09:23-05:00

At the age of 16, Kirstin Holum visited the shrine of Our Lady Of Fatima in Portugal. Here, she heard a voice telling her that one day, she’d be a sister. It was this moment, the seed to serve God was planted in her mind.  “It was the first time in my life I truly knew that Jesus was real, alive, that he loved me and had a plan for my life,” she said. “I could barely make it to the pew I was so overwhelmed with joy at knowing the love of Jesus in that moment.” However, she was already [...]

Kirstin Holum, Speed Skating To Religious Life2020-01-15T16:09:23-05:00

Vocation Quiz

2019-12-13T12:29:44-05:00

Have you heard God’s call to you, but are unsure what he is calling you to? Each of us has been called to live out a vocation by God, and it’s sometimes difficult to discern which vocation to choose to love and serve God to the fullest. To help you think about this, take this handy quiz that may lead you in the right direction.  Whether you are called to the single life, married life or religious life, God chose this path for you with reason. Take your answer to the quiz, and continue on your journey to serve God.  If [...]

Vocation Quiz2019-12-13T12:29:44-05:00

Ways Families Can Encourage Vocations

2019-11-20T15:13:28-05:00

https://youtu.be/Pt3Rp8lZ_tA For a Catholic family (or any family really) with young children, there are many ways to encourage vocations and help your children realize their calling from God. Largely, this is easily achieved by teaching and leading by example. Praying with your children at home on a regular basis acts as both a way to spend time with each other, but to show them prayer is good and helpful in everyday life. Involvement in parish activities and forming friendships with the priests help foster awareness and respect for the lifestyle of vocations. Regular mass attendance will also encourage vocations. Growing up [...]

Ways Families Can Encourage Vocations2019-11-20T15:13:28-05:00

Vocations Endure

2019-11-20T15:09:32-05:00

Despite a decline in the total number of men and women entering religious life, vocations endure, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) has found that over the last 50 years, the number of priests is down 38% and the number of religious sisters is down 73%. However, creating a “culture of vocations” from baptism can help encourage men and women to enter religious life.  By creating this culture, there are three senses of vocation to recognize: a call to holiness, discussion of what are typically considered vocations (priesthood, religious or single life and marriage) and a sense of [...]

Vocations Endure2019-11-20T15:09:32-05:00

“Help Wanted: Sisters of Life”

2019-11-20T15:05:13-05:00

How an Article Lead to the Creation of the Sisters Of Life The Sisters O fLife are a religious order of women who simply love love. They see the good and beauty in every person, and know he or she was created in God’s image and likeness, and give their lives for that fact.  Cardinal John O’Connor, a Navy Chaplain and later Archbishop of New York, visited the Dachau concentration camp in 1975. Profoundly moved by the devastation and complete disregard for human life seen at this site during World War II, he made a promise to protect human life at [...]

“Help Wanted: Sisters of Life”2019-11-20T15:05:13-05:00

Answer God’s Call With Vocation Match

2019-10-02T14:32:53-05:00

You know God is calling you to religious life, but what exactly does He have in store for you? Luckily, Vision Vocation Network provides the resources needed to learn what vocation God is calling you to.  One tool in particular is Vocation Match. This quiz helps you decide what religious order is right for you, and what role within that order answers your call to God. The quiz takes into account your state of mind, and finds the religious community that fits your preferences. Take the quiz today to find out what religious order fits you. Vision Vocation Network also has [...]

Answer God’s Call With Vocation Match2019-10-02T14:32:53-05:00

AbbeyFest Success

2019-09-25T14:39:34-05:00

AbbeyFest 2019 (#abbeyfest2019) keeps getting bigger.  AbbeyFest keeps getting better. AbbeyFest 2019, held on 21 September 2019, saw record crowds, amazing performances and incredible vendors.  Well over 4,000 families from across the region filled the main lawn at Daylesford Abbey for a day of Catholic/Christian rock music, food, family events and games.  Sixty vendors representing religious orders, Catholic schools, Catholic media companies, artisans and merchants dedicated to a faith-filled, family event participated.   Matt Maher, Fr. Rob Galea, MacPowell, Hanna Schaefer and Joe Melendrez headlined the entertainment. Fan favorite Matt Maher, a contemporary Christian artist hailing from Canada took the stage after [...]

AbbeyFest Success2019-09-25T14:39:34-05:00

The Solemn Profession of Frater Jeffrey Himes

2019-09-19T10:50:16-05:00

Over the last few years, Frater Jeffrey Himes, O. Praem. has devoted his life to Christ at Daylesford Abbey. On August 28, 2019 (the Feast of St. Augustine), he made his Solemn Profession before the Norbertine Community here at Daylesford Abbey. Frater Jeffrey has chosen to live a life in communio with his brothers at Daylesford Abbey. In communio means leading a common life with common prayer at Daylesford Abbey. https://youtu.be/ykIZ9-xfEPw In making his Solemn Profession, Frater Jeffrey has completed the Affilate program, Novitiate and Temporary Profession. This is his step before being ordained a Catholic priest. Solemn Profession vows are [...]

The Solemn Profession of Frater Jeffrey Himes2019-09-19T10:50:16-05:00

Shelly Pennefather Answered God’s Call

2019-08-08T15:18:52-05:00

Responding To God’s Call When many of us decide on a path in life, we tend to stick to it because we know it’s the right path for us. Some, however, think they are on the right path, but know deep in his or her heart, something is missing; we have another calling. This was the case for Shelly Pennefather. She knew she was meant to respond to God's call. Shelly Pennefather, recently profiled here, seemed to be on the path to becoming a prolific women's basketball player. At the time she excelled on Villanova’s women’s team, there was no WNBA [...]

Shelly Pennefather Answered God’s Call2019-08-08T15:18:52-05:00