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Advent Reflection, Fourth Sunday

 The question often can come up when reflecting on Mary, “what does it mean that she was born without original sin?”. While some deeper theological discussions can occur regarding...


Advent Reflection, Third Sunday

This reflection comes from Sunday’s Gospel, John 1:6-8, 19-28 John the Baptist’s response to the question “who are you?” can tell readers something about the call of God. I...


Advent Reflection, Second Sunday

A reflection on this week’s readings: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 , 2 Peter 3:8-14, Mark 1:1-8 There are few things in life that I dislike more than waiting. Whether it...


Advent Reflection, First Sunday

 This reflection comes from the first reading, Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7  One of the greatest debates about faith is the problem of evil. We often ask, “why does God...


Novice Profile: Brother Joseph (J.D.)

Hometown Pittsburgh, PA High School Central Catholic High School University Penn State University, State College, PA Degrees B.S. Management Information Systems Ministry La Salle College High School, Wyndmoor, PA...


Gently Led to Religious Life

Originally published in the Lords Call: Practicing Faith in the Diocese of San Antonio Students, parents, colleagues, and family members frequently ask me why I am discerning a vocation...


Novice Profile: Brother Rafael

Hometown Los Angeles, CA High School Cathedral High School University La Salle University Degrees B.S. Psychology / American History Minor. Masters in Pastoral Studies – Religious Ed Concentration (M.RE)   Ministry...


Called to religious life: A Brother’s vocation story

Original article appeared in Catholic News Service, Faith Alive “You can perform miracles by touching the hearts of those entrusted to your care.” Meditation for the feast of St....


Pray for Brothers during their Novitiate year

Four young Brothers are now more than month into their experience at the Regional Novitiate, which began on July 27 in Chicago, Illinois. Brothers Kyle Mena and Joseph (J.D.)...


Spirit and Science, Q and A with Brother Kyle

Originally published in VISION Vocation Guide 2021 He lives in Philadelphia now, but Brother Kyle Mena is a “New Yorker at heart,” having been born and raised there by...


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