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Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict Demonstrate Importance of Education
8/29/2014
Earlier this month, Pope Francis spoke about education with the bishops of Seoul during his visit to South Korea, while Pope Emeritus Benedict celebrated Mass with his former students.


Former Polish PM to Speak on Legacy of JPII at Franciscan’s Austria Campus
8/28/2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville issued a news release on Aug. 25 stating that former Polish Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka will speak at an Austrian symposium, held at Franciscan’s study abroad site, on the legacy and contributions of Pope Saint John Paul II.


St. Joseph’s University President and Vice President to Step Down
8/22/2014
President Father C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. and vice president John Smithson of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia will step down at the end of the 2014-15 academic year, according to NBC.


New Head Chaplain at TAC: Chaplains Help Students Thrive Humanly and Spiritually
8/18/2014
This fall, students at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., will arrive to find a new head chaplain and a returning member of the chaplaincy on campus, reports the College.


‘Women Deacons’ Advocate Slated to Speak at Catholic Colleges This Semester
7/31/2014
Phyllis Zagano, a senior research associate-in-residence at Hofstra University, is scheduled to speak at two Catholic universities this fall, University of St. Francis in Jolliet, Ill., and Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, according to the National Catholic Reporter.


Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville Celebrates 39 Years of Summer Conferences
6/19/2014
Franciscan University of Steubenville is celebrating 39 years of summer conferences by continuing the tradition and holding more than thirty conferences for both adults and youth this summer.


Not Only for Liturgists
6/18/2014
The Cardinal Newman Society publishes this review of Sacred Liturgy: The Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church as part of its project to promote sacred liturgy in Catholic education.


Murdered Priest Had ‘Singular Love for Christ,’ Recalls Former Classmate
6/13/2014
Father Kenneth Walker, FSSP, a graduate of Newman Guide-recommended Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, was tragically shot and killed during a robbery in the living quarters of his parish in Phoenix, Ariz., on June 11.


Priest Explains Why Young People Are Drawn to Eucharistic Adoration
6/5/2014
Fr. Schneider laments that youth ministry programs often spend “thousands on pizza” or a “cool youth room,” but “so often deprive teens of” prayer events like Adoration. 


Christendom College Celebrates Ordination of 70th Alumnus to the Priesthood
6/4/2014
“Christendom College’s holistic educational and spiritual formation has helped foster 149 religious vocations during its 37-year history: 70 priests, 49 sisters, 5 deacons, 3 brothers, and 22 men currently in seminary.”


Franciscan University Youth Conferences Help Foster Religious Vocations
5/30/2014
A new study shows that 14 percent of those ordained to the priesthood this year had attended at least one Franciscan University of Steubenville summer youth conference before entering seminary.


Bishop Rhoades to Deliver Mount St. Mary’s University Commencement Address
4/23/2014
Bishop Rhoades, who served as a professor and then rector of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary from 1995-2004, will address the University’s graduating class of 2014 on May 11.


Religious Communities Visit Thomas Aquinas College
4/14/2014
In the past, approximately 10% of the College’s graduates have entered the priesthood or religious life.


Thomas Aquinas College to Celebrate 60th Alumnus Ordination
4/7/2014
Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., is asking for prayers for three alumni who will be ordained in the upcoming months.


Le Moyne May Soon Become First Jesuit College to Appoint Laywoman as President
4/3/2014
“I think if anyone is going to break the ceiling in terms of the Catholic hierarchy, I suspect that a Jesuit institution will be stepping up to the plate very soon,” Linda LeMura reportedly told Today’s CNY Woman.


Women’s Ordination Advocate Speaks on ‘Gender Equality’ at University of Detroit Mercy
3/24/2014
Lisa Sowle Cahill is quoted as saying, "I basically think the next generation will see the ordination of women. That change will not emanate from the top, but from the grass roots or local churches which the Vatican will then recognize."


Author Who Lambasted Catholic Church in NY Times Hosted at Catholic College
3/5/2014
John Patrick Shanley, who just last year lambasted the Catholic Church, excoriated Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and wrote against the Church’s teaching on ordination, recently visited Merrimack College.


100-Year-Old Priest Befriended College Students through Sports
3/4/2014
"I was noted for going to all the games," Fr. Kostka told the Standard. "I don't regret that at all - that's the only contact you have with some students."


VIDEO: Mount St. Mary’s Univ. Theologian on Being Disciple of Jesus
2/24/2014
Fr. Jim Donohue examines the Gospel of Mark’s insights into the path of discipleship in one of a series of videos entitled “Mount Minutes,” which showcase the University’s faculty on a variety of subjects.


Canadian Catholic University Sponsors Lecture Encouraging Dissent
2/14/2014
A Catholic school board in Ontario, Canada, sponsored a lecture last week at a Catholic college on how Catholic schools can value “faithful dissent” on issues such as female ordination, homosexuality, and contraception.


Pope Francis Recalled Fondly His Childhood School, Praised ‘Catholic Culture’
2/5/2014
“School life was a ‘whole’... The most natural thing was to go to Mass in the morning, as well as having breakfast, studying, going to lessons, playing during recreation, hearing the ‘Good night’ of the Father Director.”


Loyola Marymount Univ. to Host Dissident Theologian on ‘Feminist Bioethics’
2/3/2014
The theology professor to be hosted signed a public letter calling for major structural and doctrinal changes in the Church including the ordination of women and recognition of same-sex partnerships.


Religious Orders Remain Committed to Catholic Education
1/29/2014
Catholic schools have struggled with the decline of religious men and women in the classroom since Vatican II, but growing religious orders are “teaching the Truth in Christ” to Catholic school students across the country.


College Student Debt Delays Vocations, Families
1/17/2014
The article cites a study done by Georgetown’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), which found that one-third of all inquirers for religious life had an average student debt load of $28,000.  


Jesuit Bioethicist Condones ‘Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy’
1/15/2014
“If an abortion is the unjust and irresponsible interruption of a pregnancy,” Father Juan Masiá, S.J., reportedly wrote in El Pais, “not every voluntary interruption of a pregnancy constitutes an abortion in the negative moral sense.”


Santa Clara Univ. Presents Laicized Priest Who Helped 'Ordain' Woman
1/14/2014
Former Maryknoll priest Roy Bourgeois was expelled from the Maryknoll order by a decree from the Vatican in 2012. 


Former Irish President McAleese Completes Term at Boston College, Criticizes Catholic Church
1/10/2014
“I don’t like my Church’s attitude to gay people,” McAleese reportedly told the Herald newspaper in Glasgow (later reported in The Irish Times).  “I don’t like ‘love the sinner, hate the sin...’” 


Pope Francis Set to Declare Jesuit Priest a Saint
12/11/2013
Vatican Insider is reporting that Pope Francis is set to declare 16th century Jesuit, the Rev Peter Faber, a companion of St. Ignatius Loyola, a saint.


University of Dallas Encourages Vocations to Priesthood
12/9/2013
A Diocese of Dallas (Texas) event will feature talks about the journey to the priesthood by Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell and diocesan priests and seminarians.


Holy Apostles College and Seminary Mourns Loss of Former Rector
12/5/2013
Rev. Richard A. Mietzefeld, a former rector of Holy Apostles College and Seminary, passed away near the beginning of this academic semester after serving as a priest for fifty-eight years.


Boston College’s Religious Education Department Chair Calls Priestly Celibacy ‘Hazardous’
11/27/2013
Thomas Groome said that when he was ordained in the late 1960’s, he expected that the Church would be making significant changes to the rules governing celibacy in the priesthood, but this did not happen.  


St. Maximilian Kolbe Drama Inspires Fight for Religious Freedom
11/18/2013
Immaculata University in Pennsylvania is hosting a one-man live performance of “Maximilian: Saint of the Auschwitz,” tomorrow as part of a response to stand up for religious freedom.


Ugandan Priest to Recount Wartime Experiences for Benedictine Students
11/5/2013
Fr. Robert Obol will deliver a lecture titled "Conflict and Reconciliation in Uganda: Life and Lessons from a Warzone" at Benedictine on November 7.


Christendom Alumni Support Vocations to Priesthood, Religious Life
11/4/2013
Christendom reports that it has helped foster 148 religious vocations among its alumni.  The count so far is 68 priests, 50 sisters, 1 deacon, 2 brothers, and 27 current seminarians.


New Video Profiles Unique Qualities of Thomas Aquinas College
10/18/2013
Director of college relations Anne Forsyth said: "It is no easy task to tell the story of the College -- our unique curriculum and pedagogy, the campus life, our alumni, our fidelity to the Teaching Church."


Twelfth Benedictine College Alumnus Named Bishop
10/16/2013
Father Andrew H. Cozzens, who graduated from Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kan., in 1991, was recently named bishop by Pope Francis, the College announced last week.


Theologian Küng Presses Dissident Agenda With Pope Francis
10/1/2013
No matter the issue facing the Catholic Church, Swiss theologian Fr. Küng always has solutions that seem to include liberalizing rules about sexual ethics and/or women’s ordination. 


Number of Seminarians, Deacons Increasing, Study Finds
9/30/2013
Following decades of downward trends, the number of men currently enrolled in graduate seminaries is the highest it has been in two decades.


Disgraced Theologian Sr. Farley Advocates Same-Sex Marriage, Female Ordination
9/24/2013
According to the Detroit Free Press, Sister Margaret Farley, RSM, said she is delighted by Pope Francis because “he seems teachable."


Don’t Encourage Youth to Identify as ‘Gay,’ Says Courage Leader
9/5/2013
Father Paul Check is the director of Courage, an apostolate which ministers to people with same-sex attraction who want to live by the Catholic Church’s sexual teachings.


Good Formation for Priests Is Essential For Good Liturgy
8/26/2013
"...[T]he clergy are, and will always be, the custodians of the sacred liturgy," said Kurt Poterack, choir director and adjunct professor at Christendom College.


Priests for Life Renews Lawsuit to Halt HHS Mandate
8/21/2013
"Our concerns are not resolved just because the insurance carrier pays for the services that violate our Catholic faith," said Father Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.


Priest Races Ultramarathon to Support Franciscan University Scholarships
8/16/2013
Franciscan Father Gregory Plow ran a grueling 53.4-mile race to raise funds for a scholarship for poor students who wish to attend the Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Father Schall Continues to Teach His Readers
8/13/2013
Fr. James Schall, S.J., had long been one of the leading lights at Georgetown University, and his retirement last December apparently hasn’t slowed down the 85-year-old Jesuit one bit.


Where Blessed Newman ‘Gave It All Up,’ Became Catholic
8/6/2013
Fr. Dwight Longenecker, the former Anglican convert who blogs at Standing on my Head, wrote a post recently discussing his trip to England where he visited Littlemore, the site of Blessed John Henry Newman’s conversion to Catholicism.


Teens Discern Vocations at Steubenville Youth Conference
7/31/2013
“The religious life of the beautiful sisters that you see before you—what you see in their beauty and joy, is a sign of eternity in their life given to Christ as brides... This beauty is what transforms the world.”


Abp. Vigneron Bans Dissident Schüller from Detroit Archdiocese
7/29/2013
Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Archdiocese of Detroit has banned Austrian priest Father Helmut Schüller from speaking at Catholic institutions, according to The Detroit Free Press.


College Defies Archbishop, Hosts Dissident Speaker
7/23/2013
“Where has obedience got us?” That was the question posed by Fr. Helmut Schüller in a speech at Chestnut Hill College, according to The National Catholic Reporter which covered the event.


Jesuit Abandons Priesthood Protesting Teachings on Women's Ordination, Same-Sex Marriage
7/16/2013
In an open letter to friends and supporters, the 80 year old priest said that it was Creighton University’s community that “freed, inspired, and encouraged” him to renounce his vocation.


Cardinal Wuerl Again Defends University Chaplain, Decries the “New Intolerance”
7/9/2013
At the closing Mass for the second annual "Fortnight for Freedom," at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington decried what he called “the new intolerance,” according to The National Catholic Register.


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