“Lord, You search me and You know me.” 

God has planted our vocation deep into our hearts.  Only He knows the plans He has for each one of us.  Through our baptism, we are called to Know Christ, Love Christ and Serve Christ and sanctity is our highest calling and our first vocation.  In discerning where God is calling us, we must continue to grow in an intimate and personal relationship and conversation with Christ.  Whether our call is priesthood, consecrated life, marriage or single life, we must discuss with Christ, “Is this the best path for me to holiness?”

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Ricardo Escalante Lector and Acolyte

Last updated on May 14, 2015

It’s a long way from Trinidad Tobago to Vancouver to Rome and to the Regina Archdiocese but that’s the route taken by Ricardo Escalante on his journey to the priesthood and he’s not quite there yet. Archbishop Daniel Bohan on May 8, the last day of the Priest’s retreat at St. Michael’s Retreat, Lumsden instituted Escalante as Lector and Acolyte, the first two steps on the road to ordination.

 In an interview with the PM Escalante said he knew in his late teens that he wanted to serve the Church but he wasn’t sure in what capacity until his early 20s when he decided being a priest is how he wanted to serve. Prior to that however, he became a lawyer and served in that profession for about 10 years. “I needed to pay the bills,” he said, “and law was a good place for that.” He practiced for a short time in Trinidad Tobago then became a legal aid with a firm in Vancouver where he had family.

He decided on the priesthood and entered the seminary in Vancouver but wanted to...

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It’s introduction time. The Sisters of the Precious Blood are describing themselves and their work to a gaggle of reporters in their Regina monastery.

We meet their mother superior, Sister Annabella, then Sister Rose Marie, the treasurer — who grins mischeviously and rubs her right thumb and two forefingers together in the traditional symbol of the bean-counter.

The room erupts into laughter — nobody laughing louder than the other sisters.

Leave behind your stereotypes about a contemplative order of nuns. These ones are funny, feisty, and thoughtful about the human condition.

The prayers that precede our interview, for example, seek God’s help for people in troubled lands, for the victims of human trafficking, for the poor and for their visitors.

They have email accounts and their order, headquartered in London, Ont, has a new website, www.pbsisters.on.ca.

No cellphones, though. “We have a vow of poverty,” quips one nun.

After supper...

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Come and See Weekend in November

Last updated on September 30, 2015

Twice a year, the Archdiocese of Edmonton offers a weekend live-in experience for men who are discerning a call to the priesthood. We call them “Come and See Weekends” and they are held at St. Joseph’s Seminary. If you’ve been talking & talking about the priesthood, now’s the time for action: come & see for yourself, ask your questions, express your concerns, meet other seminarians and pray for God’s will. There is no cost to you, no obligations.

These weekends are great opportunities for your discernment journey. So if you feel that you might be called, just don’t know or are afraid this really is the road for you, then Come and See for yourself. Meet the seminarians who are discerning God’s will and learning how to be priests. Meet the wonderful team that trains and forms the Seminarians. Come and See St. Joseph’s Seminary and see an incredible building that makes it easy to feel and to encounter the Lord our God.

The next Come and See Weekend is November...

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Consecrated Life Celebrated

Last updated on February 3, 2015

The communities have different names, have different charisms, some members wear identifiable clothing, others are indistinguishable from the general population but they have one thing in common; they serve God and the Roman Catholic Church in uncountable ways. And it’s a life-long commitment with retirement mainly a transition to a different level of service. They are the consecrated women and men of the Regina Archdiocese. Together they were recognized and thanked for their service at a special February 1 ceremony at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church. The event was organized by SARA (Sisters Association of Regina Archdiocese).

Rev. Peter Pham celebrated the mass with con-celebrant Rev. Jon Meehan S.J. Pham thanked the consecrated men and women who influenced him in his journey to the priesthood which began in North Viet Nam.

SARA President Sister Bernadette Feist, o.s.u. welcomed everyone noting that “consecrated life is very much alive in the world and in our...

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CCCB Message on Consecrated Life

Last updated on January 29, 2015

by the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau, President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2 February 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters who have dedicated yourselves through the consecrated life,

In his Apostolic Letter of last November, marking  the beginning of this special Year of Consecrated Life, Pope Francis presented a broad vision for consecrated men and women and, indeed, for all the Church as we embark on this 14-month celebration. I would like to echo some of his comments from a specifically Canadian perspective.

Pope Francis calls us to look on the past with gratitude, particularly as we remember the extraordinary men and women who gave birth to new forms of consecrated life, and to those hundreds and thousands who, following them, adapted these forms to new social and ecclesial realities. Here in Canada, we can look with pride at the remarkable saints who lived consecrated life...

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To celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, the website of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will be posting short outlines of the lives and spirituality of a number of Canadian Saints and Blesseds during 2015. The Year of Consecrated Life, from the end of November 2014 to the beginning of February 2016, invites the Church to celebrate the gifts and charisms of the consecrated life – religious institutes, societies of apostolic life, and secular institutes, together with consecrated virgins. Most Canadian Saints and Blesseds were members of religious communities, and one (Saint Kateri Tekakwitha), although not a member of a religious community, consecrated her life as a virgin. Their lives are a wonderful testimony to how those in the consecrated life have generously and heroically served the Church in Canada and all our society. They are witnesses in our midst of how the example and teachings of Jesus continue to challenge each of us today. Moreover, they inspire...

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Diaconate Candidates Begin Journey

Last updated on December 19, 2014

Ten candidates have begun their four year journey towards ordination as permanent Deacons for the Regina Archdiocese. They gathered at St. Michael’s Retreat House here December 13 for their second weekend session to learn what it takes and what it means to be Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.

Norbert Gaudet said when he heard the letter from the Archdiocese read in his church, Sacred Heart, Raymore, Saskatchewan, inviting applicants for the program, he heard a call. “The next day the chair of parish council said to me ‘you’d make a great candidate so think about it’,”. So he thought about it, discussed it with his wife who said it was something he should and could do, discerned about it, filled out the application and was accepted.

Gaudet is a retired French teacher in the Horizon School District. He is very much involved in his church as a member of parish council and former chair of the council. He is an acolyte and serves as leader in Lay Ministry Services....

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Thuy Nguyen Ordained

Last updated on December 17, 2014

It was a long journey that took several routes but “God’s will” brought Thuy Nguyen to Regina where he was ordained priest December 12, 2014, the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He strongly believes that God had a plan for him and despite different “challenges and difficulties” in his journey, it was all God’s will. Whatever those challenges and difficulties he didn’t elaborate either during his thank yous at the end of the ordination service or in the following interview with the PM. “I don’t blame anyone. I don’t want to blame anyone.”

Thuy was born and raised in Hanoi, capital of Vietnam. He was educated there and spent seven years in a monastery studying for the priesthood.

Until recently the Vietnam government controlled the number of seminarians limiting them to 40 every second year and thus controlling the number of priests according to an April article in the National Catholic Reporter.

It was during a 2011 Vietnam visit that Regina’s Archbishop...

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On Friday Oct. 25, 2013, I was invited by the Conquest Boys Club to address their annual Faith of Our Fathers Men's Banquet on the question of the permanent diaconate.  This event is an opportunity for men and their sons to come together to celebrate their vocations as husbands, fathers, brothers and sons, while also honouring our spiritual fathers in the priesthood and encourgaing young men to actively discern their own vocations.  As such, it was the perfect place to talk about the vocation to the diaconate, a little known, but essential vocation in the life of the Church.  Here is what I had to say:

I want to thank you for your invitation to talk about the important, but relatively unknown vocation of the diaconate.  Some of us here may be called to this vocation, but most probably are not.  Nevertheless, it is a vocation in the Church, like priesthood or marriage, and all Catholics should know something about it.

Now, I’m a theologian, and one of my areas of...

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In Italian: (1) audio (MP3 file) Vatican Radio report including excerpts from the Pope`s actual oral homily, about 5 minutes. (Listen at the bottom of this post).

In English: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-a-priest-never-belongs-to-himself
My experience has been that English translations on the various Vatican websites are sometimes (highly) questionable. I don`t know Italian very well but my opinion comes from comparing Latin documents on Vatican websites and their English translations, also on Vatican websites. That is why I provide links to Italian versions since the actual homily was delivered in Italian.
The Pope`s homily addresses, amongst other things, the thoughts of a group of priests in Austria who are wanting to have the Church its teaching on the possibility of ordaining women to the ministerial priesthood.