Dioceses enlist mentor programs to help priests

Mentorship programs are common in the professional world, with senior employees helping those new to a job acquire the skills they need to be a success. Catholic dioceses across the country are now recognizing the valuable role mentors can play, with many

Students found network for women in STEM

According to Sally Hicks, interim dean of the University of Dallas’ Constantin College and a professor of physics, the number of female students involved in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) decreases as they advance in school. In elementary

Monuments to the unborn

On Jan. 22, 1987, the 14th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, dedicated its Tomb of the Unborn Child. The remains of two aborted babies, Francis and Clare, were interred across from

Mentorship program cultivates Catholic men

Fraternus — an apostolate that provides boys with crucial adult male mentorship to help them grow into mature, virtuous Catholic men — is celebrating its 10th anniversary. While it bears similarities to the personal mentorship boys receive through Catholic Big Brothers Big

Finding Christ in the desert

In 1964, Father Aelred Wall, OSB (1917-84), and two other monks left Mount Saviour Monastery in New York to scout out remote locations to establish a new “daughter,” or off-shoot monastery. After visiting Maine and Minnesota, the monks came to northern New Mexico

Footsteps of Thérèse: Brother Marcel Van

Catholicism was first introduced to Vietnam by European missionaries in 1533. Despite periods of intense persecution, a significant portion of the population took to the Catholic faith. Today, 7 percent of the country is Catholic, with another 500,000 Vietnamese Catholics relocating to

Ordination classes tell story

Catholicism first came to California in 1769, when Spanish Franciscan missionaries led by St. Junipero Serra came from Mexico to San Diego to establish the future state’s first mission. Today, California is home to 12 dioceses and 11 million Catholics — 29

The complex spirituality of Thomas Merton

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of spiritual writer Thomas Merton (1915-68), a Trappist monk from the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. During his life, Father Merton produced a large volume of writings, among which is his 1948 autobiography

Former Satanist becomes Catholic leader, teacher

Editor’s note: Portions of this story are graphic and may be difficult to read. David Arias is an exemplary leader among Southern California Catholics. Working in the Hispanic community, Arias has been involved in many evangelization efforts in the Diocese of San