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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

Hearing The Call At A Young Age-Father Casey Cole

2020-01-15T16:05:08-05:00

https://youtu.be/R2A5G_7FKmM Father Casey Cole, a Franciscan Friar ordained to the Catholic priesthood on June 22, 2019, is known for his use of social media to promote the Franciscan way of life. In particular, Father Casey uses YouTube to answer questions and further promote the priesthood. In one such video, he was asked for advice for high school students considering a religious vocation. Father Casey entered the priesthood at a young age, so he is the perfect person to thoughtfully answer the question. He offers the following advice to anyone in high school considering religious life. First, he says they must be [...]

Hearing The Call At A Young Age-Father Casey Cole2020-01-15T16:05:08-05:00

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

Father John Zagarella

2019-10-30T09:57:57-05:00

The Tower Theater and Elton John. Aerosmith, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Queen, Led Zeppelin at the Spectrum. Eclectic. Diverse. Unexpected. These rock-n-roll icons, along with some lesser known performers were highlights of our interview with Fr. John Zegaralla, O. Praem.  Fr. John is a Norbertine priest, a Catholic educator, counselor, rock fan, collector of vinyl records and he loves Philadelphia’s iconic Dante and Luigi’s (which happens to be owned by his cousin).   As a teenager, John Zagarella didn’t imagine himself growing up to enter the priesthood. Born and raised in South Philadelphia, he grew up Catholic, a member of the [...]

Father John Zagarella2019-10-30T09:57:57-05:00

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

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
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