Delay of Vocations for Religious Who Professed Perpetual Vows in 2013

A recent study reveals that of those who professed perpetual vows in 2013 (meaning they entered an average of six to eight years ago), approximately 10% of them were delayed in entering formation by an average of 2 years because of student loans. Today, one in three applicants to religious communities have student loans; how […]

Families, Vocations, and Sacraments, Oh My!

No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself. A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love.  Pope Francis, Message for the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations As my fellow aspirants and I finished the last fundraising […]

Because of Poor Sinners

I am often asked how I came to discern with the Dominicans. What draws me to the Dominican Order? While it is ultimately a mystery of God, there are several reasons, and most of them can be explained by my attraction to the four pillars of Dominican life: prayer, study, community, and preaching. But what […]

New Vocations For Christmas?

It’s All Hallow’s Eve, the unofficial start of the holiday season, at least in the malls and stores. It also marks a milestone for The Labouré Society. We are now over a third of a way through our fundraising term and have a short two months to reach our fundraising goal. Our hope is to […]

Stories of Gratitude

Recently I was talking with a priest friend over coffee about some of the challenges he faces in his parish.  Full of zeal and tenderness for the people he has been charged to shepherd, it pained him to see and hear apathy and discontentment among his flock as a result of some of the “hard sayings” he […]

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

Our Holy Father has asked us to join together with him in fasting and prayer today for peace, particularly in Syria. But what is peace? True peace cannot be imposed with violence, force, or a demonstration of power. True peace cannot come through human effort alone. To quote Pope John XXIII, “true peace cannot come […]

Can I Get a Witness?

Amen!  Thanks to God’s grace, The Labouré Society and its friends and supporters, we have new entrances!        While I am so excited for all the TLS alum and their entrances and progress through formation, the stories of these four women are particularly special to me.  They also had to participate in multiple […]

The Wedding Feast

Fundraising is mission work. It is connecting with people and inviting them to support something worthwhile. Sometimes, as in this case, something eternal. Often I hear, “no, I’m not interested.” Sometimes, I hear “tell me more.” Then, I may hear, “yes, we want to support this mission!” To keep me on track and moving forward, […]

One Step Closer, One More To Go

So much excitement in recent days!  The spring class of The Labouré Society finished strong, raising approximately $270,000 for vocations!  Nine of my fellow aspirants will be entering formation this summer and fall because of the generosity of the Body of Christ!  Deo gratias!  On Friday, I received word from TLS that a grant award […]

If We Are What We Should Be…

Alleluia!  He is risen!  He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!  Beginning last Sunday, and for the next 50 days, we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection and the Easter season.  Lent is over, time for rejoicing!  But what should that mean for us?  When I was Protestant, I was taught and believed how much Jesus loves me, how […]