Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Journey to the priesthood in 2009

COMPUTER EXPERTS, REFUGEES, MARATHON RUNNERS, WIDOWERS –NEW U.S. PRIESTS MIRROR AMERICA. The ordination Class of 2009, with computer experts, refugees, marathon runners and second-career men, mirrors the United States today. Newark, Chicago, Washington, Portland Archdioceses have large ordination classes. There are lawyers, finance experts, and converts from different Christian denominations among new priests http://www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2009/09-084.shtml

I just completed my first study of Blessed Alberione and the Lay Pauline. During my research I came to a greater understanding of Alberione's love of his vocation as a priest - his love of the liturgy and the sacraments - the Word and Eucharist. His love extended to invited everyone in the Pauline family to fulfill their baptismal promise of priesthood as apostles of Jesus Christ. In 1949 he wrote to the Pastorelle Sisters (one of our Pauline congregations) "The Lord has called woman to be associated with the ministry of the divine word. Preach, preach always." As is shown in the photo Alberione founded the Sister Disciples for the Liturgical Apostolate along side of priests - here is the accompaning article:http://pddm.ph/index.php/journey/Alberione-Oasis.html
For the Apostle of the Gentiles, "vocation and missionary were inseparable. Thus he represents a model for all Christians, and especially for missionaries 'ad vitam', in other words for the men and women who dedicate themselves entirely to announcing Christ to those people who still do not know Him." Benedict XVI

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