Archbishop's Appeal 2015
The Archbishop’s Appeal is the annual fundraising campaign that provides supplemental financial assistance to institutions, programs and ministries affiliated with the Catholic Church throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio.Learn More Make A Donation
World Day of Prayer for Vocations
On Sunday, April 26, 2015, all Catholics in the Archdiocese of San Antonio are encouraged to gather in their parishes and in their homes to join their prayers in a special way with those of the Universal Church in praying for vocations. This year marks the 51st Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
Please follow the link below for resources to enrich your family or parish celebration of this wonderful day of prayer and vocation awareness.Day of Prayer Resources
Men's Discernment Retreat
When: May 29, 2015
Where: Seraphic Sisters Retreat House
Join priests, seminarians, and religious for prayer, fun, and fellowship at the Seraphic Sisters’ Retreat House. Come and take some time to discern your call, what God has created you for in this world of his.Learn More
Year of Consecrated Life
Pope Francis ushered in a universal Year of Consecrated Life on November 30, 2014, telling consecrated men and women everywhere: "I am counting on you 'to wake up the world', since the distinctive sign of consecrated life is prophecy... Religious follow the Lord in a special way, in a prophetic way. This is the priority that is needed right now: to be prophets who witness to how Jesus lived on this earth… a religious must never abandon prophecy."Learn More
High School Men's Discernment Day
When: June 20, 2015
Where: Assumption Seminary
Join the Archbishop, priests, seminarians, and religious for prayer, fun, and fellowship as we spend the day exploring why God has created you. Male Youth Ministers are also welcome to bring their young high school men.Learn More
Growing a Vocation Culture
Many people ask, “Why are there not more priests, sisters, and brothers?” There are all sorts of answers people come up with, and many of these are valid. However, one of the most overlooked reasons, and perhaps one of the most important, is that you just never hear about people becoming priests, sisters, or brothers anymore. The fact is that there are people who follow the call to “Church vocations” all the time, but no one knows about it. Therefore, many people who are called never think about a life serving the Church as an option. It does not seem to be what “successful” people do, or it seems like too much of a sacrifice.
If we trust that our God is caring for His Church, then we should have faith that God continues to call people. The problem is that we are not listening. In this regard, the Vocation Office is striving to create a Vocation Culture here in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. This means that every Christian will realize and respond to their role in promoting vocation awareness in their place in the Church. Pastors, parents, teachers, ministers, mentors, siblings, supervisors, co-workers, and friends all have a responsibility by baptism to build up the Kingdom of God. Part of this building effort is helping God’s people realize their call in life, so that each of the many functions of the Body of Christ will be served by faithful, passionate, well formed members (cf. 1 Cor. 12).
How do you live your call to help guide others to their vocation, their God-given mission, in this world? How much have you thought about, prayed about, your vocation in life? These are vital questions if we are to be responsible members of the Body. So, next time you wonder why there seem to be so few Church vocations, maybe it is time to contact the Vocation Office and see what you can do to learn and get involved.
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
Pope to new priests: Don’t be a peacock
Pope Francis presided over the ordination of nearly twenty men to the priesthood on April 26, where he warned them against being vain priests who live first for their own pleasure rather than for God’s.
U.S. sees increase in priestly ordination numbers this year
The numbers are in: almost 600 Catholic men will be ordained priests for the U.S. in 2015, an increase of more than 100 from last year.
‘Knights with Seminarians’ raises funds for educational support
Knights of Columbus Council 4183 held its annual Knights with the Seminarians’ Dinner recently at the KC Hall in New Braunfels, with all monies received from ticket sales allocated for seminarian financial support.
Brother Garza professes first vows at liturgy
Brother Rubén Garza of the Brothers of the Beloved Disciples professed his first vows at chastity, poverty, obedience and Marian consecration at a Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Church on March 19. Father George Montague, SM, was the presider at the liturgy, which included three concelebrants: Father Joseph Mary Marshall, SM; Father Will Combs, BBD; and Father Robert Hogan, BBD. Altar servers were Brother Sean Stilson, BBD, and archdiocesan seminarian Michael Langford.
Priesthood and consecrated religious life vocation poster contest held
When the announcement came that Pope Francis declared 2015 as the Year of Consecrated Religious Life, jubilation was heard across the archdiocese from members of the religious communities.
Sister Agnesine—all the right notes
Sister Agnesine Heinsch is one of seven Sisters of the Incarnate Word Blessed Sacrament who live in the convent on the campus of Blessed Sacrament Academy. For 58 years, she has served God as a member of the congregation -- first as a teacher at various schools in South Texas and later as treasurer for the BSA school office and the convent in San Antonio. As an individual, Sister Agnesine is full of life, encouraging and musical. The large garden she cultivated for many years behind the convent is now a playground enjoyed by children attending the Child Development Center, but she still has her green thumb. Sister Agnesine will also go fishing whenever possible.
Archbishop meets Herald of the Good News provincial
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, met recently with the newly elected provincial of the Heralds of Good News community. Father Saji Sebastian, HGN, was in the archdiocese visiting Father Tomy Thomas and Father Mathew Binesh, who staff Resurrection of the Lord Parish in San Antonio.
Nuns watching soap operas and the ‘terrorism’ of gossip: Pope Francis and Naples’ religious
In a wide-ranging, off-the-cuff speech to priests and religious in Naples, Pope Francis addressed various challenges of consecrated life, emphasizing above all the importance of poverty and resisting gossip.
Bishop Flores celebrates Rite of Candidacy to Holy Orders at Assumption
The Assumption Seminary community rejoiced March 14 as eight of its men received Candidacy for Holy Orders during the Holy Eucharist presided by Bishop Daniel E. Flores of the Diocese of Brownsville, representing all the bishops of the candidates.
Assumption Seminary hosts Centennial Family and Friends Day
Amidst the presence of parents, family members and friends of seminarians and alumni priests, Assumption Seminary celebrated Family Day on March 15. It was a day of memory, acknowledgement and gratitude to the parents and friends of seminarians and priests as the seminary celebrates the centennial of its mission.
Daughters of Charity Services hosts Catholic Daughters Court of Our Lady of Holy Trinity for Dr.
Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio hosted Catholic Daughters of America Court of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity on Feb. 23 to celebrate “Read Across America” with reading of books with three and four year olds.
Oblate ‘Come and See’ event draws attendees from half a dozen states
The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate sponsored a “Come and See” vocation discernment experience at the Pat Guidon Center of Oblate School of Theology the weekend of Jan. 16-18.
Vatican Archbishop Jorge Patron Wong visits San Antonio
The spring semester at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio began with the visit of Archbishop Jorge C. Patron Wong, Vatican Secretary of Seminaries and Congregation for Clergy, on Jan. 10.
Retreat assists discerners to focus on what God is calling them to be
In his opening message for the 51st World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis invited those discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life to listen for what Jesus is calling them to. “I invite you to listen to and follow Jesus, to allow yourselves to be transformed interiorly by his words. It will help you to participate in a communal journey that is able to release the best energies in you and around you. No vocation is born of itself or lives for itself.A vocation flows from the heart of God and blossoms in the good soil of faithful people, in the experience of fraternal love,” the pontiff stated.
President of CRS addresses Assumption Seminary Centennial Civic Luncheon
Dr. Carolyn Woo, CEO and president of Catholic Relief Services, addressed the Assumption Seminary Centennial Civic Luncheon, a gathering of generous sponsors of the seminary from all walks of life. The Nov. 19 event gathering began with words of welcome by Michael Belz, president of Catholic Life Insurance. He invited the guests to join and celebrate the joy of Assumption Seminary in its centennial year. He thanked the guests for being present to witness and thank God for the hundred years of Assumption Seminary’s journey in forming men for the priesthood.
Missionaries of the Holy Infant Jesus of Good Health
Our congregation, the Missionaries of the Holy Infant Jesus of Good Health, was founded in Morelia, Michoacán, México, on Sept. 9, 1966. We are a diocesan religious institute of apostolic life, composed of sisters who profess public perpetual vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, who live our lives in community, and who dedicate ourselves to the works of our apostolate (Canon N. 607, 2).
Wake up the world in San Antonio
Yes, that is what Pope Francis wants to do, to “Wake up the World!” Pope Francis has announced that the year 2015 will be “The Year of Consecrated Religious.” And who is he speaking to? He is really speaking to everyone but first and foremost he is speaking to the consecrated religious. These are the priests, brothers and sisters who are members of religious congregations founded to serve some particular social or church need. The many churches, schools, universities, hospitals, Catholic institutions and services memorialize these founders and their faithful followers. But Pope Francis and the consecrated religious know that these bricks and mortar alone will not fulfill his directive to “Wake up the World.”
Extending God’s love, care and goodness into the world
As crisp fall mornings meld into the quiet beauty of the Advent season God asks the age-old question, “I am doing something new. Can you not see it?” The upcoming Year of Consecrated Life sets aside time for renewal and appreciation for Consecrated Life and invites the next generations of Catholics to give their hearts completely to Christ as religious brothers, priests or sisters. As vocation director for the Congregation of Divine Providence (CDP) in San Antonio, it is easy to see the new life that abounds on our convent grounds and enthusiastically respond, “Yes Lord, we do — and it is utterly amazing!”
Sister Marcia Buchard celebration of 50 years as a Marianist Sister
“All I want is to know Christ and the power of his resurrection.” Phil 3:10
Holy Spirit Sister lives out SHSp mission and charism
In a chapter held over 25 years ago the Sisters of the Holy Spirit made a decision to answer the Holy Father’s call to send missionaries to the Third World.
Waking up the world with dawning joy
The Year of Consecrated Life was inaugurated in the archdiocese Nov. 30 with a special televised liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, at San Fernando Catehdral, with more than three-quarters of the pews in the sanctuary filled with consecrated religious.