Lively liturgical celebrations that give space for young people to participate in the life of the church in Africa explains the growing number of vocations on the continent, a member of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) has said.
Pope Francis said Sunday that great joy is found when one offers his life in service to God’s call.
The Number of young men choosing Priesthood in Tanzania is reportedly on the rise, Church leaders in the East African countries have observed while opening a Seminary that will be a home to hundreds of seminarians drawn from across the country.
In Africa, family ties can hinder those who have devoted their entire lives to the service of God’s people as Religious and Clergy from this commitment, a Kenyan Bishop has cautioned.
When Bishops in Mozambique announced the cancellation of the academic year 2020 in all Major Seminaries countrywide, sending seminarians in all the 12 Dioceses of the country back home, Stivini Elias, a third-year philosophy student in St Charles Lwanga Seminary in Nampula in Mozambique thought fast on how best he was going to use his time away from the Seminary.
Sometime last year, when members of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Algeria wrote to the Catholic charity organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, appealing for funds, the Congregation was in a deep state of need.
The Episcopal Commission for Clergy, Seminaries and Pastoral Care of Vocations in the West African nation of Ivory Coast has announced an Extraordinary Congress on the life and ministry of priests, the first-ever, at the beginning of the second half of the year and called on well-wishers to donate toward the course viewed as “a new beginning in spiritual growth.”
Catholic journalists know that discernment stories are popular because they give readers hope. And they often follow a pattern: They usually include a “God moment” in which the subject, through a dramatic circumstance, hears the word of God and finds with sparkling clarity the call to become a cleric or religious. They end with ordination or follow final vows.
A South American missionary to Angola who is participating in the Amazon Synod at the invitation of the pope has said the proposal to ordain as priests married men to solve the lack of evangelization in the Amazon is “illusory”.