Wanted: Monks With Cowboy Skills

Talk about a unique calling: (AP) – A Roman Catholic monastery in North Dakota is putting its ranching operation out to pasture because it lacks monks with cowboy skills. Abbot Brian Wangler tells The Dickinson Press that ranching has been a part of Assumption Abbey since 1893, when it was in Devil’s Lake. He says raising cattle helped make the monastery self-sufficient. He says two mo... More


Fun Video: Dominican Novices Hold Jazz Jam Session In Priory Garage

It’s almost the weekend — time for a post that’s just fun! A reader writes: What happens when six Dominican Novices go to the garage of St. Gertrude Priory in Cincinnati, OH? Jazz music! Notice the statue of St. Dominic keeps vigil as the friars play (it is being restored by one of the novices). Watch for yourself…. There are many young dominicans who are also incredib... More

Snapshot: 480 New Priests in 2011, Five Year Trend: Younger (+more cool stats)

The USCCB released this hopeful news yesterday: The average age of men ordained to the priesthood in 2011 is trending younger with the average age for the 2011 class at 34, with more than half between the ages of 25 and 34. This is slightly younger than in 2010, and follows the trend over the past five years of ordinands becoming younger. These figures stand out in The Class of 2011: Survey of O... More

Are we doing enough to encourage young women to become religious sisters?

Cathy Lynn Grossman brought my attention to a surprising statistic: Daniel Burke at Religion News Service reports on a study released last week by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops found that the largest obstacle to women taking vows is their families. … when asked about where they got the idea that the religious life of prayer and service was their vocation, 52% said they were encou... More


AmP Weekend Poll: What’s your vocation?

As we wrap up National Vocation Awareness Week 2011 I’m interested to find out: “what do you think is your vocation?” Obviously if you are IN a vocation you are pretty sure – but asking the question this way allows us all to participate. Please share this poll among your friends, feel free to add comments below (and let me know if I need to re-write any of the options to be... More




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