Vocations Expo Attracted 2,500 Pilgrims per Hour

Posted on August 3, 2008. Filed under: Jesus, Pope, Prayer | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

from (Zenit.org)

Benedict XVI told pilgrims at the Youth Day closing Mass not to fear a call to the priesthood or consecrated life. One statistic indicates his words fell on fertile soil: An average of 2,500 pilgrims an hour visited the Vocations Expo in Sydney.

Some 70,000 international pilgrims took part in Days of the Diocese throughout Australia during the week leading up to World Youth Day. 

Those who didn’t make it to Australia were tuned in to what was happening.

The World Youth Day Web site received over 500,000 unique users from Saturday, July 12, to Sunday, July 20, with the biggest spike in hits occurring Thursday, July 17, when the Pope made his official arrival in a boat-a-cade.

Online streaming received over 250,000 visits during the event period.

Top countries watching online streaming included the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Spain and Germany. And 2,000 media professionals were accredited for the event.

Perhaps the most important statistic has to do with the people designated to intercede for the Sydney event from their places in heaven.

There were 10 World Youth Day Patrons:

Sts. Thérèse of Lisieux,

Faustina Kowalska,

Maria Goretti,

Peter Chanel,

Blesseds Peter To Rot,

Mary MacKillop,

Pier Giorgio Frassati,

Teresa of Calcutta,

and John Paul II

and the Virgin Mary, under the title of

Our Lady of the Southern Cross.

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What is a Carmelite?

Posted on July 29, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |

“A Carmelite, my darling, is a soul who has gazed on the Crucified, who has seen Him offering Himself to His Father as a Victim for souls and, recollecting herself in this great vision of the charity of Christ, has understood the passionate love of His soul, and has wanted to give herself as He did! And on the mountain of Carmel, in silence, in solitude, in prayer that never ends, for it continues through everything, the Carmelite already lives as if in Heaven: ‘by God alone.'”

(Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity L133)

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My Life for Christ Br. Richard Sutter, L.C.

Posted on February 2, 2008. Filed under: Jesus, vocations | Tags: , , , , , |

My Life for Christ
Brother Richard Sutter, LC

I first thought about the priesthood when I was 17 years old during a weekend visit with my cousin to a Trappist monastery in Conyers, Ga.
After a conversation with my father, I spoke with the vocation director of our archdiocese. He told me that I should go to college first.
In the fall of 1987, I began undergraduate studies at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., where Abbott Placid Solari, OSB, was my spiritual guide throughout college and in the years that followed prior to entering the Legionaries of Christ.
Along with graduating, I was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army on May 10, 1991.
Throughout my years of military service, I continued to ask the questions that lingered from my college years: Why do I believe what I believe? Do I truly act in accordance with these beliefs? What am I supposed to do with my life? Will the military be my career? Will I find a wife? Is God calling me to be his priest?
I even included looking into the priesthood as an option when getting out of the military. Yet during my high school, college, and military years one important thing was absent: a constant prayer life.
In March of 1997, I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a captain and began a career as an information technology project manager at the corporate headquarters of Quest Diagnostics in Teterboro, N.J., just outside of New York City. It was an excellent career opportunity with a promising future; after two years, I had received two promotions and three pay raises. But while my business opportunities increased, so did my life of prayer, along with a more frequent reception of the sacrament of reconciliation and Mass attendance during the week.
In January of 1999, I signed up for a Legion-sponsored “Test Your Call” retreat at the novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Connecticut on the weekend of Feb. 20. After a business trip to Pittsburgh that enabled me to visit my cousin at Franciscan University at Steubenville, Ohio, I made the resolution to attend Mass, pray my Rosary, and pray morning and night prayers every day. This resolution, inspired by the Holy Spirit, helped prepare the fertile ground of my soul for the retreat.
On the first day of the retreat I knew decisively and definitively that God wanted me to test my call during the candidacy program that summer. The three months of candidacy and next two years of novitiate were the most spiritually enriching years of my life and, with the help of God’s grace, resulted in my total consecration to God when I professed my vows on Sept. 1, 2001.
I am currently studying philosophy at the Legion’s Center for High Studies in New York and never let a day go by without thanking God for this unmerited gift of my vocation.
“My Life for Christ!”

http://ncregister.com/info/vocation_guide_2006/

PLEASE Pray for our Seminarians,Deacons,Bishops, Priests and Cardinals. Pray for our Beloved Holy Father. For Holy Priests and Consecrated Religious Men and Women.

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My Life for Christ Br. Richard Sutter, L.C.

Posted on February 2, 2008. Filed under: Jesus, vocations | Tags: , , , , , |

My Life for Christ
Brother Richard Sutter, LC

I first thought about the priesthood when I was 17 years old during a weekend visit with my cousin to a Trappist monastery in Conyers, Ga.
After a conversation with my father, I spoke with the vocation director of our archdiocese. He told me that I should go to college first.
In the fall of 1987, I began undergraduate studies at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., where Abbott Placid Solari, OSB, was my spiritual guide throughout college and in the years that followed prior to entering the Legionaries of Christ.
Along with graduating, I was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army on May 10, 1991.
Throughout my years of military service, I continued to ask the questions that lingered from my college years: Why do I believe what I believe? Do I truly act in accordance with these beliefs? What am I supposed to do with my life? Will the military be my career? Will I find a wife? Is God calling me to be his priest?
I even included looking into the priesthood as an option when getting out of the military. Yet during my high school, college, and military years one important thing was absent: a constant prayer life.
In March of 1997, I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a captain and began a career as an information technology project manager at the corporate headquarters of Quest Diagnostics in Teterboro, N.J., just outside of New York City. It was an excellent career opportunity with a promising future; after two years, I had received two promotions and three pay raises. But while my business opportunities increased, so did my life of prayer, along with a more frequent reception of the sacrament of reconciliation and Mass attendance during the week.
In January of 1999, I signed up for a Legion-sponsored “Test Your Call” retreat at the novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Connecticut on the weekend of Feb. 20. After a business trip to Pittsburgh that enabled me to visit my cousin at Franciscan University at Steubenville, Ohio, I made the resolution to attend Mass, pray my Rosary, and pray morning and night prayers every day. This resolution, inspired by the Holy Spirit, helped prepare the fertile ground of my soul for the retreat.
On the first day of the retreat I knew decisively and definitively that God wanted me to test my call during the candidacy program that summer. The three months of candidacy and next two years of novitiate were the most spiritually enriching years of my life and, with the help of God’s grace, resulted in my total consecration to God when I professed my vows on Sept. 1, 2001.
I am currently studying philosophy at the Legion’s Center for High Studies in New York and never let a day go by without thanking God for this unmerited gift of my vocation.
“My Life for Christ!”

http://ncregister.com/info/vocation_guide_2006/

PLEASE Pray for our Seminarians,Deacons,Bishops, Priests and Cardinals. Pray for our Beloved Holy Father. For Holy Priests and Consecrated Religious Men and Women.

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