Consecration of a Virgin : Consecrated Virgins in the USThe Consecration of a Virgin is one of the oldest sacramentals in the Church, and one of the fruits of Vatican II was the restoration of this profound blessing on virgins living in the world. The details of this consecration are included in this file.
Holy Hour For PriestsThis Holy Hour was given in Latin in the Basilica of the Rosary at Lourdes, before an imposing assembly of priests, by Cardinal Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII), the Papal Legate for the solemn triduum for the jubilee of the Redemption.
Holy OrdersChapter 5 of Holy Thursday: An Intimate Remembrance by François Mauriac.
Open Heart Surgery for the ChurchThis article by Jean-Marie Guenois appeared in Catholic World Report, November 1994. It gives an overview of the issues and interventions at the synod on religious life held during October, 1994.
Ordained PriesthoodAustralia's Eamonn Keane provides the entire English-speaking world a service by examining the real issues surrounding the Ordained Priesthood.
Priest's Struggle For Sanctityby Fr John A O'Brien. This essay discusses the difficulties encountered by the priest in his struggle for holiness and suggests means for overcoming the obstacles. (February 1936)
Sacred Ministryby Gerard V Bradley (from Catholic Dossier, July/August 1998)
St Dominic Priory RetreatIn this retreat for his Dominican brothers, father discusses obedience, chastity, poverty, priestly consecration, the choral office and the Dominican brotherhood.
Story of a Repentant PsychologistA contrite Catholic psychologist's disturbing testimony about his central role in the destruction of religious orders. In an interview with Dr. William Marra, Dr. William Coulson discusses his role in the destruction of Catholic religious orders.
Synod 1994: 'Consecrated Life'Fr Kenneth Baker examines 'Instrumentum Laboris', the working document for the Synod on 'The Consecrated Life and Its Role in the Church and in the World.' (from Homiletic & Pastoral Review, March 1995)
We Overcame Their Traditions, We Overcame Their FaithAn interview with Dr. William Coulson, a contrite Catholic psychologist and former disciple of Carl Rogers. He explains his central role in the destruction of religious orders especially the Immaculate Heart of Mary nuns.
Who is a Priest?by Fr Benedict Ashley OP (from Catholic Dossier, July/August 1998)
Why A Priest Should Wear His Roman CollarMany lay people feel that something is not right when their priests try to blend into the crowd and, as it were, disappear. This article by Frs. Charles M. Mangan & Gerald E. Murray provide priests with many good reasons for wearing their roman collars.