Encouragement a strong factor in priesthood discernment, study finds

Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) — A strong majority of the 430 men who are about to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood in the United States come from families where both parents were Catholic, and had several friends encouraging them in their vocation.

The Easter people

Robert Powell, a fundamentalist Bible-based Protestant, was intrigued when Pope Benedict XVI resigned and the College of Cardinals assembled to select a new pope.

Responding to His grace — Maurice Moon

As he prepares for his ordination to the priesthood on May 19, Deacon Maurice Moon recalls a popular quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: “I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anybody.”

Changed for eternity — Jonathan Demma

Deacon Jonathan Demma remembers the moment when becoming a priest was cemented into his soul.

Unlikely companions on the Camino move from brokenness to brotherhood

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Mark Peredo knew he had to do something drastic. His 27-day, 600-mile walking pilgrimage across the Camino in France and Spain in late 2016, left him with a lingering combination of anger and brokenness.