- May 6, 2021
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the nation into lockdown restrictions last spring, Father Michael Zimmerman, like many people, took advantage of the extra time to work on a project that otherwise wouldn’t fit into his schedule. The goal was to create a resource, or guide, for men discerning the priesthood.
During the pandemic “nun school” is taking place on Zoom.
The pandemic has affected the way religious orders use their vocations offices.
Religious and priestly life must be filled with the simple joy of caring every day for what really matters — faithful friendship with God and one another, Pope Francis said.
A new report on vocations to men’s and women’s religious orders from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate is filled with facts that can help everyone from pastors to formation directors foster more vocations.
Discovering one’s vocation to marriage, priesthood or religious life and making the decision to embrace it takes courage, Pope Francis said.
Hispanics now account for 40 percent of all U.S. Catholics, and a solid majority of school-age Catholics. Yet Hispanic Americans are strikingly underrepresented in Catholic schools and in the priesthood — accounting for less than 19 percent of Catholic school enrollment and only about 3 percent of U.S.-based priests.
Rhonda Gruenewald wrote “Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry” and its accompanying resource book and developed the website VocationMinistry.com to provide information, activities, and inspiration for anyone seeking to establish or revive a vocation ministry.