May 7 is World Day of Prayer for Vocations


Sunday, May 7 is World Day of Prayer for Vocations, when Catholics around the globe are asked to intercede for more priests and religious sisters and brothers. There will be a Holy Hour at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria from 3 – 4 pm. Materials for community prayers are available for order online at Pope Francis’ message […]

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Ordination to the Holy Order of Priesthood


On Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:30am, Stephen Joseph Bruzzese will be ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood by the Most Reverend Gerard Bergie, Bishop of Saint Catharines. From that day forward they will be able to bring healing and comfort in the sacrament of the anointing of the sick, they will be able to forgive and wash away even the […]

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Road to priesthood started with a simple question


When he was an altar server as a boy, Deacon Matthew McCarthy remembers his parish priest entering the sacristy before Mass and in a thick Maltese accent often asking the same question. “He would say, ‘So how is my future priest?’ ” said McCarthy. “I was only eight or nine years old so the question didn’t really mean a lot […]

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National survey on vocations


The National Association of Vocation and Formation Directors (NAVFD) is launching a national survey that has never been done before in Canada. Starting March 17, NAVFD is sending out questionnaires to all major superiors and provincial superiors of religious congregations operating in Canada. Information gathered from this survey will lay the foundations of a research study on the state of […]

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Carmelite Spirituality Series: Saint Elijah


You are invited to Mount Carmel Monastery in Niagara Falls on the second Sunday of each month to explore Carmelite spirituality, a trusted path to get closer to God, in a friendly, informal atmosphere where everyone is welcome. The day begins with Mass at 2:00 pm and ends around 5:00 pm. A presentation and discussion on Carmelite spirituality (around 3:00pm) follows […]

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Creating a Vocation Culture


The key to living out any vocation with joy “will require sacrifice and gratitude.” takes a behind-the-scenes look at the prayerful sacrifices people make that awakens them to lives of gratitude and joy. Creating a Vocation Culture means that we create a culture that actively promotes vocations as personal invitations from God to make sacrifices that lead us to gratitude and […]

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A Reflection on Priestly Life


In reflecting on my five years of ordained life, I think back to June 11, 2011, where in the same beautiful church of St. Alfred, St. Catharines, I too was ordained a priest. Looking at the excitement on the faces of these four men, who were about to embark on such a fulfilling and enriching vocation of service to God and his people, was truly special.
I couldn’t help but smile and think of how proud we are of each of them and to think of how God will use them to do great things for our diocese.

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