Category Archives: Vocations

Identical Twins Ordained in Michigan

This is just great. On Saturday, identical twins Gary and Todd Koenigsknecht of Fowler, Michigan, were ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lansing. The two brothers (now Fathers!) grew up on a farm, with lots of hard work, prayer, and family time. Todd is the fourth and Gary the fifth of 10 children [...]

Vatican II: A Great Gift to the Church

  I’m not a Vatican II scholar (I know, you’re shocked) but I’ve always had the notion that the Second Vatican Council was, all in all, a good thing. And I still do, but I don’t articulate why it was a good thing nearly as well as some other people do. I missed this article by George [...]

Student loan debt (still) hindering vocations?

Well, not really; only about 10% of them. Georgetown’s CARA released a report entitled “New Sisters and Brothers Professing Perpetual Vows in Religious Life: The Profession Class of 2013.” Though the USCCB news release, and several similar stories, focus on the student loan debt issue in its headline, the single page of the report (p.15) dedicated to educational [...]

Five Questions with Fr. Bill Miscamble

EDITOR’S NOTE: CV is happy to include a new entry in our “Five Questions” series. This interview features Fr. Wilson D. Miscamble, CSC, a priest and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, who spoke with CV’s Stephen Kokx about his new book For Notre Dame: Battling for the Heart & Soul of a Catholic [...]

Two Priests Respond to Emily Stimpson’s Open Letter

[We're excited to post two responses by priests to Emily Stimpson's open letter to priests and bishops where she explained what she feels Catholics need from them now. We commend her for sparking an important dialogue between the faithful and their pastors! - Ed.] Fr. Brian Carpenter of Working to Beat Hell posted his response [...]

Holy Priests and Courageous Shepherds: Five Ways to Make It Happen

“In a democracy, a people get the government they deserve.” So said Alexis De Toqueville…or Thomas Jefferson…or some guy named Joseph de Maistre. History isn’t quite clear on that point. Nevertheless, the point holds. The people we elect to govern us, for good and for ill, are a reflection of us. The point also holds [...]

6 More Gifts For the Newly Ordained: The Sacred and the Human

Had more ideas for great gifts to get for a newly ordained priest. Beyond the six I listed last week, here are six more, with some focusing on the priest and others on the man who is now a priest. 1) A Pyx with a Burse I’m sorry I didn’t think about this before! Thanks [...]

A Hardcore Catholic Love Story

In my continuing attempt to chronicle Catholic identity as it is lived in  time, I give you the modern Catholic love story which you see unfold at campuses like Benedictine College. I’m not saying this is the way love stories should be, or that this kind of love story is superior to others — in [...]

Six Great Gifts for the Newly Ordained. (and five things to shy away from.)

You can hardly go to a cathedral these days without running into an ordination. Every year in late May and through the month of June seminaries are letting out and bishops are laying on hands. That tough slog of seminary is done—six years at least, eight for some men, perhaps even more. By this point [...]


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