Catholic News Service: Seminarians learn and discern as college undergraduates

First in a series of articles I wrote in the summer of 2009 about college undergraduates preparing to join the Catholic priesthood.

"We find it a great asset to be able to be here on campus," said Holy Cross Father Kevin Russeau, director of Old College and himself an alum of the program, in a phone interview.

The “Old Collegians” live in their own residence hall, a tiny, 166-year-old brick building that survives from the university’s founding. Father Russeau said its number of occupants has fluctuated in the last decade: from 18 in 1999, down to four in 2006, and up to a crowded 22 this fall.

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Catholic News Service: Torture survivors testify at Human Rights Commission hearing

WASHINGTON – Torture survivors and advocates implored Congress June 25 to investigate allegations of military torture of war prisoners, saying that the U.S. must be an example for other countries in respect for human rights.

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Catholic News Service: Religious priests and diocesan priests: What's the difference?

One in a series of articles I wrote in the summer of 2009 about college undergraduates preparing to join the Catholic priesthood.


Holy Cross Father Ed Obermiller, vocations director for his community’s Indiana province, said that some young men join the congregation’s undergraduate seminary looking toward religious priesthood but later feel pulled to diocesan work.

"They have to be clearly discerning religious life (when they enter). But if they start to see that they’re called to something else, we’re not going to say, ‘That’s it, you’re out.’ We’ll give them the tools that we can," he said. "We’re helping to educate men for ministry, for priesthood, so that’s our gift to the church."

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Catholic News Service: Vocation directors use Internet, prayer to reach candidates

Second in a series of articles I wrote in the summer of 2009 about college undergraduates preparing to join the Catholic priesthood.

To open up the pathways of information, the diocese reached out to college campuses with monthly dinners and launched a Web site, priestforever.org, to appeal specifically to men considering the priesthood.
 
"Young people are more hands-on, they are more savvy. They get online, they network with one another, they travel to see different seminaries," said Father Doerr.

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