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December 15, 2001 | From Associated Press
A National Catholic Youth Conference encouraged the nearly 24,000 teenagers attending to consider religious vocations and help reverse the declining number of priests, sisters and brothers. Participation by 49 bishops in round-table discussions underscored the need for young recruits. Brother James McVeigh, a Franciscan vocation director in South Huntington, N.Y., said youths in the current generation are more open to making a commitment than their predecessors. From 1965 to 2001, the U.S.
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September 13, 2009 | Manya A. Brachear
Alicia Torres must raise $94,000 in order to take a vow of poverty. Drawn to the Roman Catholic sisterhood while she was a student at Loyola University here, Torres faces the same barrier as many others considering such a religious life: college debt. Today, Torres and a group of friends will run Chicago's Half Marathon -- 13.1 miles along the lakefront -- in hopes of receiving enough pledges to pay off $94,000 in student loans. "You can't live a vow of poverty with a bunch of debt," said Torres, a 2007 graduate.
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April 19, 1987 | WILLIAM H. MURTO, William H. Murto, 41, co-founded Compaq Computer Corp. in 1982. He resigned as the Houston personal computer company's vice president of sales this month to enter a master's degree program in religious education.
On April 7, I announced that I would leave Compaq Computer Corp. and the personal computer industry to pursue a religious vocation. Why would one of the founders of one of the most successful companies in American business history quit? If these were normal circumstances, I would have left because of a) undisclosed personal reasons, b) disagreement with others (the chairman, president, etc.), c) age or d) poor health. But none of these is the reason.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2001 | From Associated Press
A National Catholic Youth Conference encouraged the nearly 24,000 teenagers attending to consider religious vocations and help reverse the declining number of priests, sisters and brothers. Participation by 49 bishops in round-table discussions underscored the need for young recruits. Brother James McVeigh, a Franciscan vocation director in South Huntington, N.Y., said youths in the current generation are more open to making a commitment than their predecessors. From 1965 to 2001, the U.S.
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March 2, 1989 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
Last year, only 10 men were ordained by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles--the nation's largest--where 1,280 priests served 2.7 million Roman Catholics. That is only one priest for every 2,151 Catholics, the lowest ratio of priests to parishioners of any archdiocese in the country. And the challenge steadily grows more difficult: This year, vocations directors say, only five or six men will be ordained by the Los Angeles archdiocese.
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October 13, 1988 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
The white-brick monastery across a busy street from a Shell service station seems an unlikely place for a confrontation that now involves Mother Teresa, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, and that ultimately may be decided by Pope John Paul II. It is a dispute so heated that police have been summoned twice to separate feuding nuns.
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March 1, 1989 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
Each year the gap widens: Fewer priests are available to serve an increasing number of Roman Catholics in the United States. Since 1966, the number of men in seminaries seeking the priesthood has plummeted from 48,000 to 7,500. By the year 2000, according to surveys produced for the U.S.
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March 2, 1989 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
"I fought it! "But there was an itch, an inkling in the back of my mind, towards the priesthood." So, after a short but successful career as features editor and rock music critic for a Bakersfield newspaper, Mark Stetz, 30, scratched that itch. Now a third-year theology student at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, Stetz expects to be ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Monterey after he completes one more year of study and reflection.
NEWS
November 13, 1988
Women, who make up 51% of the overall Roman Catholic population, are almost invisible in the top policy-making jobs in the church's 175 dioceses in the United States, a new study said. The study, "All Work and No Say," looked at 19 top-level jobs in chancery offices, finance and administration, education and other ministries. It was prompted by the release last April of the first draft of the bishops' pastoral letter on women's concerns.
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April 1, 1990 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is Thursday morning and Assemblyman Dennis Brown is once again of the Legislature but not in it. His desk is empty while his colleagues, milling around the ornate Assembly chamber, wrap up another week of public business by voting on a handful of bills before hastily deserting the Capitol for a weekend in their respective districts.
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June 7, 1997 | From Associated Press
Celibacy stands atop the list of reasons Catholic youths hesitate to consider vocations, but church officials say they should not gloss over the rule when recruiting priests, sisters and brothers. In a survey of active Catholic youths, young people who are contemplating religious life were most likely to say having a sense of mission and making a personal sacrifice for God are appealing aspects of a vocation.
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May 17, 1997 | RUSS LOAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sister Joanna Strouse took her final vows in March, pledging a lifetime of poverty, chastity and discipline. It was a momentous step for someone 26 years old, someone who had always planned on having a big family. "I've always loved children. I used to work in day care, and I always wanted to have children of my own--I wanted to have 12 children. I don't know if that would have really happened, but that's how I pictured life.
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July 2, 1995 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At a friend's home two years ago, Ann Magovern announced that she had big news. The friend silently wondered, "Is she pregnant?" No, this was about a secret ambition, one that Magovern, usually frank and open, had nursed for years. "I want to become a nun," blurted the 25-year-old teacher, the youngest daughter of a prominent surgeon whose five other children had become doctors, lawyers and computer programmers. Friends and family members were stunned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1990 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is Thursday morning and Assemblyman Dennis Brown is once again of the Legislature but not in it. His desk is empty while his colleagues, milling around the ornate Assembly chamber, wrap up another week of public business by voting on a handful of bills before hastily deserting the Capitol for a weekend in their respective districts.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 1990
I'll say this for George Bush. There was nothing indecisive about his stand on broccoli. GLADY FOREMAN Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 1990
Catholic debate over whether women should be admitted to the priesthood and other officially settled church questions have surfaced again both nationally and in the Los Angeles archdiocesan weekly paper. More than 4,500 Catholic priests, sisters and lay people signed a "call for reform" in the Catholic Church, advocating ordination for women and married priests, lay-person input into bishops' selection and academic freedom for Catholic theologians.
NEWS
December 24, 1988 | From Religious News Service
The word "deacon" conjures up a vast array of job descriptions within a rainbow of denominations in the United States, Canada, Australia and Switzerland today. Whether such diversity will ever be synthesized into a common understanding of what deacons are and what they do remains to be seen, according to about 35 participants representing nine different traditions who met here this month under the auspices of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 1988 | PAULA SPAN, The Washington Post
The commercials in question use an ancient advertising device--testimonials from satisfied customers. There is the gray-haired man in the muffler talking about how lonely Christmas used to be. "Coming back changed all that," he says, now surrounded by carolers. There's the 30ish woman talking about her confusion after the divorce. "Thank God I had enough sense to come home," she smiles. "It's good to be back," says another cheery soul.
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December 16, 1989 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
When 6-week-old Joseph Garcia Soares Jr., resplendent in his embroidered white gown, was baptized at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church here last Sunday, Sister Mary Louise Deroin played a key role. Presenting a lighted candle to the infant's parents during the ceremony, she challenged them to bring up Joe Jr. in the faith. And although Father Timothy M.
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March 2, 1989 | RUSSELL CHANDLER, Times Religion Writer
"I fought it! "But there was an itch, an inkling in the back of my mind, towards the priesthood." So, after a short but successful career as features editor and rock music critic for a Bakersfield newspaper, Mark Stetz, 30, scratched that itch. Now a third-year theology student at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, Stetz expects to be ordained a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Monterey after he completes one more year of study and reflection.
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