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Pope Francis lays hands on a Bangladeshi deacon as he ordains him to the priesthood during a Dec. 1, 2017, Mass in Dhaka. Vatican Media.

Prayer for Vocations 2022: Pope Francis Says "Church must become increasingly synodal"

May 6, 2022

The pope made the comment in his annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations message.

Bishop John Ryan speaking at the launch of the national preparations for Vocations Sunday that was spearheaded by the Pontifical Missionary Society (PMS) in Malawi. Credit: ECM

Consider “call to Priesthood, the vineyard is huge”: Catholic Bishops in Malawi to Youth

Mar 26, 2022

Catholic Bishops in Malawi are inviting the youth in the Southern African nation to consider devoting their life to God’s service as Priests.

Some of the religious Sisters outside St. Joseph Cathedral Kakamega. Credit: Sr. Irene Muhanga

Consecrated Persons in Kenyan Diocese Urged to Have Awareness Campaigns to Boost Vocations

Feb 8, 2022

Women and men Religious serving in Kenya’s Kakamega Diocese have been challenged to organize regular meetings to celebrate Consecrated Life at the grassroots in Parishes or local communities with the view of promoting vocations to Religious Life.

Secretary-General for the Formation of Comboni Missionaries, Fr.Elias Essognimam Sindjalim (Right) with some of his confreres/ Credit: Agenzia Fides

Liveliness, Space for Youth Inspiration for Vocations in Africa: Comboni Missionary

Apr 26, 2021

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 gives the Angelus address from the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

The Greatest Joy for Every Believer is to Respond to God’s Call: Pope Francis

Jan 17, 2021

Pope Francis said Sunday that great joy is found when one offers his life in service to God’s call.

Bishops in Tanzania with some seminarians of the  Nazareth Major Seminary.

Inside Tanzania’s Growing Vocations to the Priesthood

Jan 8, 2021

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.

Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba, with Sisters Nancy Omete, Gladys Otwori, Norah Nyausi, and Jacqlyne Ngoge who professed their final vows Saturday, December 5 in Kenya's Nakuru Diocese. / ACI Africa.

In Africa, “families can be obstacle to vocations”, Kenyan Bishop Cautions at Profession

Dec 6, 2020

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.

From left to right, Seminarians José Jaime Changa Meque, Stivini Elias and Rachide Lazaro Zacarias.

Grim Future for Mozambique’s Seminarians as Bishops Cancel 2020 Academic Year

Sep 28, 2020

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.

Reconstruction of 4 rooms and a community hall in favour of the Little Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Tamanrasset, Algeria. / Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International

Why Congregation of Sisters in Algeria Needs to Survive amid Shortage of Vocations

Jul 9, 2020

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.

Bishop Gaspard Béby Gnéba of Man Diocese giving a press conference on the first-ever Congress of the Clergy in Ivory Coast on Tuesday, January 21. The Congress is scheduled for July 1-5.

First-Ever Congress of Clergy in Ivory Coast Planned for July, Donations Requested

Jan 24, 2020

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.”

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Discerning in, and discerning out: What happens when seminarians leave?

Dec 31, 2019

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.

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Missionary: Married Priests in Amazon Wouldn't Get to the Root of the problem

Oct 16, 2019

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”.