|Evangelizing is going viral with Catholic memes.|
Pop culture and faith collide in these visually popping images with ironic and often funny concepts called “memes” that Catholics are also utilizing to spread the good news of the Gospel. The National Catholic Register gives us some great tips on how to appropriately exercise our evangelization skills with the help of social media. #whatwouldjesusdo
|FATHER PHAM with his mother after his
ordination in May of last year.
On May 5th 2012 Ducanh Pham was one of three Franciscan Friars from the Sacred Heart Province to be ordained to the priesthood. Happy one year anniversary, Father Pham, O.F.M.! Here is a look at the celebration of the ordinations at St. Peter’s Church in Chicago, IL.
Perhaps you remember Father Duc Pham as Brother Duc Pham as VISION featured him in this article that described his journey to the Franciscans as being “tricked” into it by God.
Father Pham reflects on his ordination in 2012 by saYing, “As I begin my priestly ministry, my heart is joyous at the opportunity to return the blessing and kindness which I have received—to be an instrument of God’s grace, peace and reconciliation in the world following the examples of so many kindhearted people who have given of themselves to help others. May the God of mercy bless us all!”
“Principal Peggy Wertz and I worked alongside a great illustrator and saw Becoming Sister Mary Grace come alive,” said Father Kirby, vicar of vocations for the Diocese of Charleston, S.C. Wertz is principal of St. Mary Help of Christians School in Aiken, S.C., where illustrator Alice Judd is an art teacher.
The book is dedicated to the girls who were part of the St. Cecilia Vocation Club at Mary Help of Christians School when the book was begun. Those girls are now juniors and seniors in high school.
Natalie Gorensek, a junior, was really excited at the launch of the book and stated that, “Everyone knows about marriage and priests, but not everyone knows about nuns. So it’s important we have vocation clubs to get the word out that being a sister is interesting and cool. … Knowing other options (of vocations) is really helpful in spiritual development."
To read more about the book Becoming Sister Mary Grace, check out the artilce published in the National Catholic Register and let us continue to pray and encourage vocations throughout the world.
World Youth Day 2013 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil will be here before we know it! How are you preparing? How are you celebrating? Read how many pilgrims celebrated the 100 day countdown here.
Christ the Redeemer will watch over millions of pilgrims for World Youth Day events this July. Looking for spiritual exerice? Make the effort to view the statue up close. It is one of the most visited attractions in the world and was voted among the Seven Modern Wonders.
|50th anniversary; instituted by
Pope Paul VI during the
Second Vatican Council.
This past fourth Sunday of Easter (April 21st), also known as Good Shepherd Sunday, marked the 50th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pope Francis’ celebration included the ordinations of 10 new priests in the Diocese of Rome.
Catholic News Service shares moving highlights of Pope Francis' homily. “The voice of Jesus is unique,” Pope Francis said. “If we learn to distinguish it, he will guide us on the path of life, a path that leads us even beyond the abyss of death.”
The USCCB encourages us to “pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.”
|PART of the crowd at a Mercy Shrine festival.
© 2013 Marian Fathers of the Immaculate
Conception of the B.V.M.
|Holy Thursday foot washing rite.|
Holy Thursday marks the first of the three holiest days of the Triduum leading us to Easter. The events of the day now and in Jesus time keep true to an action packed celebration. Simply put, Holy Thursday remembers the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his Apostles. Catholic New Agency beautifully reflects on this complex and profound celebration that also celebrates the institution of priesthood.
Britain’s Queen takes part in Maundy Thursday by giving Maundy coins to deserving senior citizens.
Pope Francis humbly serves the poorest of the poor by washing the feet of twelve juvenile inmates that mirrors Jesus’ washing of the twelve Apostles.
Finally, the USCCB instructs us that the washing of the feet serves, “as a sign of the new commandment that Christians should love one another.”
How will the actions of the events of the Last Supper come alive for you today? How will you live the new commandment to love one another?
In being a member of a religious order and the first Jesuit elected pope, Pope Francis joins 33 other pontiffs who came from religious communities: Here is the list, thanks to a Wikipedia entry on popes:
Learn more about these communities in VISION's Community Search.
|CREDIT: CAGLE CARTOONS.|
|Mother Mary Joseph in her office at the Sisters’ Motherhouse, Maryknoll, NY, 1941|
The founder of the Maryknoll Sisters, Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, MM, has been named one of nine American women to be inducted in 2013 into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (NWHF).
Mother Mary Joseph, whose “extraordinary achievements were recognized and applauded” by all the judges, according to NWHF deputy director Amanda Bishop, will join the 247 eminent women who have been inducted into the Hall since its founding in 1969. Among others included in this year’s list were Betty Ford and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“We are thrilled and honored by Mother Mary Joseph’s selection,” said Sister Janice McLaughlin, MM, president of Maryknoll Sisters, and happy for the recognition it gives to our founder who achieved so much, not only for women religious, but for all American women, at a time when possibilities for them were far more limited than they are today.
“Mary Josephine Rogers, as she was called prior to joining religious life, broke through the negative stereotypes about the role of American Catholic women in church and society at the beginning of the 20th century,” Sister Janice said. “As founder of the first American mission congregation of Catholic women, she proved that women were equal to the demands of life and ministry abroad, particularly in places where poverty, physical hardship and sometimes, even safety during wartime, were commonplace.”
Mother Mary Joseph drew from a lifetime of spiritual depth when she stressed the need for the sisters to be compassionate women, adaptable and willing to try new ways without fear of failure or censure, according to a release put out by Maryknoll. Above all, she emphasized the primacy of a holy life.
Today, Maryknoll Sisters serve in 26 nations around the world, ministering to all people in need. Their numbers include doctors and nurses; authors, artists and dancers; social workers, ecologists and peace activists; theologians and spokespersons to the United Nations.Learn more about the Maryknoll Sisters here.
|RNS March Madness, Sweet Sistine Bracket.
Who is your pick for the next Pope?
November is named Black Catholic History Month in the United States, but many parishes around the country are celebrating and remembering African Americans with Eucharistic celebrations and reflections in February as well.
Firstly, The National Black Catholic Congress newsletter this month features Robert Boxie’s vocation story and journey to Rome from Louisiana.
|"We hold ourselves accountable to our baptismal commitment to witness and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ."||Robert Boxie pictured in Rome, Italy where he continues his seminary studies at the Pontifical North American College (NAC).|
Secondly, the Archdiocese of Washington gives a great description of Black Catholic History Month along with a list of Catholic ancestors of African descent who have laid the foundation for our faith:
St. Augustine, St. Monica, Charles Lwanga, Lena Edwards Madison, Archbishop Eugene A. Marino, SSJ, Dr. Thomas Wyatt Turner, Daniel Rudd, Pierre Toussaint, Sr. Thea Bowman, St. Benedict the Moor, Llewellyn Scott, Pope St. Victor, Pope St. Gelasius, St. Martin de Porres, St. Rose of Lima, Sts. Perpetua and Felicitas, Nathan Jones, Fr. Joseph Davis, St. Cyprian, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Moses the Black, Fr. Charles Uncles, SSJ, Fr. Augustus Tolton, Dr. Katherine W. Cole, Robert L. Robinson, Mathias de Sousa, Bishop Carl Fisher, Archbishop James Lyke.
Finally, The Office for Black Catholics, Archdiocese of Chicago, newsletter The Drum, features , “Faces in Black History” and a “What’s Happening this Month” section with celebrations that honor and remember Black Catholics.
How are your parishes incorporating Black History Month? How will your parishes remember Black Catholic History Month in November?
We are one week into Lent and the VISION editors want to know how you are keeping up with your Lenten promises!
|PHOTO from "White Monks" exhibition.
© 2013 Guardian News and Media.
|Our Lady of Socavon statue in
|Christ the Redeemer statue in
Rio De Janerio, Brazil.
Our Lady of Socavon statue atop a 12,000-foot mountain south of La Paz, Bolivia, passes the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil by 22 feet to become the “world’s largest Marian statue.” The patroness of miners, Our Lady of Socavon’s original statue is found at a diocesan shrine in the city of Oruro.
Rolando Rocha, the lead sculptor for the project, told the Catholic News Agency that more than simply “a work of engineering and art,” the monument “is an act of faith that strengthens our traditions.”
Our Lady of Socavon, Pray for Us.