Blog Posts for "Vocation"

Vocation and States of Life

The last time I was back in Ohio visiting my family, I went to Mass with them Sunday morning, like I always do if I'm home on a weekend. At the end of Mass they prayed the diocesan prayer for vocations for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. I was quite impressed with the prayer. Though I don't have a copy of it, it spoke about ALL vocations... to the single, married, religious, and clerical lives. It was the most inclusive vocation prayer I had ever seen.This got me thinking about "states of life." The Church has spoken of married, religious,...

Mark and Mitch Profess To Be Capuchins the Rest of Their Lives

Mark Romanowski and Mitch Frantz made their perpetual profession as Capuchins yesterday at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin. Surrounded by their families, friends, and fellow Capuchins, they professed to live in obedience, without anything of their own, and in chaste celibacy according the Constitutions of the Capuchin-Franciscans.It's always difficult to talk about beginnings and endings in Capuchin life. While this marks the conclusion of their initial formation as Capuchins, they have a lifetime ahead of them to mature and deepen in the call they definitively accepted with their profession. Both began their Capuchin life as postulants at...

Sidebar to the Profession

I just posted a bit about the Perpetual Profession of Mark Romanowski and Mitch Frantz yesterday at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin. A sidebar to that story was the large number of Capuchin Candidates attending, eight to be precise. These eight are at different stages of their discernment. One has already begun to submit his application to be a postulant in 2012; others are still trying to figure out, with the help of God, what God is calling them to.Regardless of the state of their discernment, they made a huge impression on those gathered for the profession when...

Emerging Adults and the Churches

When my parents’ generation was young, adulthood unquestionably began around age 18, at the end of high school. Marriage immediately after high school was common. My own generation tended to wait until college graduation for marriage. That was around age 22. Today, sociologists often talk of emerging adults and typically define them as aged between 18-29. This newly identified phase of development growth is reflected in the current average marriage age of 27 for men and 26 for women in the USA (www.buzzle.com). In 2009, Christian Smith and Patricia Snell published their acclaimed study, Souls in Transition: the Religious and Spiritual Lives of...

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