Category Archives: Vocations

A Marseille priest who loves his vocation: everything must start afresh from Christ

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Can I say this?
I want every priest to be like Michel-Marie Zanotti-Sorkine: a sign of
unlimited availability to Christ and to humanity.

In Marina Corradi’s Avvenire article “The Pope is
Right: Everything Must Start Afresh from Christ
,” (thanks to Sandro Magister for bringing this article to our consideration) she portrays a French priest
that is attractive and full of humanity. 

Two paragraphs strike me as important
for us to reflect upon: 

  •  “…he
    affirms that a priest who has an empty church must examine himself and say: ‘It
    is we who lack fire.’ He explains: ‘The priest is ‘alter Christus,’ he is
    called to reflect Christ in himself. This does not mean asking perfection of
    ourselves; but being conscious of our sins, of our misery, in order to be able
    to understand and pardon anyone who comes to the confessional.'”

  • “In church, he
    welcomes everyone with joy: ‘Even the prostitutes. I give them communion. What
    should I say? Become honest, before you enter here? Christ came for sinners,
    and I have the anxiety, in withholding a sacrament, that he could bring me to
    account for it one day. But do we still know the power of the sacraments? I
    have the misgiving that we have excessively bureaucratized the admission to
    baptism. I think of the baptism of my Jewish mother, which in terms of the
    request of my grandfather was merely a formal act: and yet, even from this
    baptism there came a priest.'”

His pastoral plan for those who ask the question
about returning to the practice of the faith: “the Marian embrace, and
impassioned apologetics, which touches the heart.”

A man with
Russian-Jewish-Corisican-Italian blood, a singer-song writer, author (his
latest is Au diable la tiédeur, {To the devil with lukewarmness}), and now an
ordained Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Marseille.

Father Michel-Marie
Zanotti-Sorkine is pastor at Saint-Vincent-de-Paul in Marseille.

wanted for work: a priest’s vocation

wanted for work vocations.jpgPray for men to respond to priesthood and consecrated life.

Saint John of Damascus, pray for us.

All Saints and All Souls Days in religious orders

benedict and devil.jpgThe Church is not liturgically monolithic: let’s consider the various observances of feasts of All Saints and the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls) in various religious orders:

All Saints
  • November 5: the Society of Jesus
  • November 7: the Order of Preachers
  • November 13: the Order of St Benedict; Order of St Augustine; the Trinitarian Order
  • November 29: the Franciscan Families
All Souls
  • October 5: the Capuchin Order
  • November 5: the Franciscan Families
  • November 8: the Order of Preachers
  • November 13: the Carthusians
  • November 14: the Order of St Benedict; the Trinitarian Order
  • November 15: the Order of Carmel
  • November 16: the Servite Order

New life in a New England seminary

SJS Boston logo.jpgThe heart of a diocese is a seminary (or a seminary program if a diocese doesn’t have a major seminary formation program). No would have guessed 10 years following the sex abuse crisis erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston, that Saint John’s Seminary would see new life in forming men to be Catholic priests. Patrick Doyle wrote a very descent article for the Boston Magazine titled “Resurrection” on the uptick of the call to priesthood and good work of the Boston seminary.

Blessings on Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Msgr. Jim Moroney, and Father Eric Cadin, indeed on all of the Saint John’s Seminary community! A true testimony to grace!

Norbertines vested, professed in Paoli, PA

daylesford abbey santc.jpgOn August 27, 2012, the Abbot of Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA, vested two secular priests in a traditional rite as novices of the Norbertine Abbey.

The video digest of vocation story of Father Herb Sperger being vested with the Norbertine habit can be viewed here.
Father David Driesch gives us his vocation story on the occasion of being vested as a novice at the same ceremony as Father Herb.
On August 28, 2012, Brother James Garvey professed first vows as a Norbertine. His narrative can be seen here.
Saint Norbert and all Norbertine saints pray for the novices!
If interested, here are two very brief posts on Saint Norbert here and here.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]
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