Category Archives: Vocations

Signs of Hope: The Under-35 Priest

Is an American Catholic renaissance possible in our lifetime? Nine years ago I started writing as the “American Papist” because I was, and remain, proud to be both Catholic and an American. We as Christians understand that hope is a necessity of being Catholic because there is no better foundation for hope than the promises [...]

‘The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns’ Portrays the ‘Reality’ of Religious Life

Floods of tears; ecstatic, frankly romantic visions of Jesus; low points and high drama — you’re either reading St. Therese’s autobiography “The Story of a Soul” or you’re watching “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.” Of course, one of these is a classic work of spirituality by a Doctor of the Church, and the other is a [...]

America’s First Bishop

On November 6, 1789, Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll to be the first Catholic bishop of the United States. In honor of this occasion, CatholicVote has published below an entry about his life from The American Catholic Almanac ! The American Catholic Almanac, co-written by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, is a daily [...]

Chicago’s New Evangelization

In Chicago, there’s a new man in town: Archbishop Elect Blase Cupich. Since the announcement of his appointment to succeed Francis Cardinal George, American Catholics have been buzzing about him almost non-stop. Some have called him America’s Pope Francis. While he has created a veritable storm of media excitement, he’s also gotten Catholics thinking and talking about the future [...]

The First American Saint

The American Catholic Almanac, co-written by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, is a daily reader of American Catholics who changed the United States.  It tells of Catholics who stepped foot on this soil long before the American founding, through the early years of the nation, and to the present day, visiting all kinds of people and places in between.   Saints and sinners appear [...]

“The Attack Came Before Dawn…”

The American Catholic Almanac, co-written by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson, is a daily reader of American Catholics who changed the United States.  It journeys from the American founding through the present day, visiting all kinds of people and places in between.   Saints and sinners appear alongside heroes, children, politicians, athletes, and artists who all [...]

Time Magazine, Meet These Strong Sisters

Now Time magazine is doing it. A couple of weeks ago, Nicholas Kristof at The New York Times wrote a column (Sister Acts) praising religious sisters. Well, certain ones. As I argued at Aleteia, Kristof wants to tell the world that there are two Catholic Churches: On the one hand, the hopeless stick-in-the-mud hierarchy in [...]

#NatsMass and the New Evangelization

It’s only about 300 yards from St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church to the main gates of Nationals Park in southeast Washington, DC, which means that when the Washington Nationals play at home—and especially when the Nats are in first place, as they are now—throngs of fans walk past the parish on their way to [...]


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