A mini vocation boom of sorts at St. Daniel Parish saw the Carmelite Missionary Sisters of the Child of Jesus convent welcome a novice, a formator and temporarily, a woman in the early stages of discernment.
Rooted in prayer and community, André House’s anniversary weekend featured opening and closing Masses, community meals, individual honors and a forum discussion among guests and volunteers aimed at examining the ministry’s impact on both sides of the soup kitchen’s serving line.
Rilene Simpson spoke at length about a topic that’s often hushed in Catholic circles: exploring the gay identity. What’s more, some 120 priests, deacons, women religious and other lay parish leaders packed into a conference room at the Diocesan Pastoral Center Oct. 21 to hear it. Simpson was once in a long-term lesbian partnership as an atheist and has since converted to Catholicism and a life of celibacy. She intertwined her testimony with a series of headline stories pertaining to gender identity.
Charitably defending a stance on a hot-button issue is not always easy. That’s even more true when it comes to homosexuality. Some 120 Catholic priests, deacons, religious and lay leaders left a “Day of Understanding” seminar at the Diocesan Pastoral Center Oct. 21 with practical tips for sharing the truth about love, marriage and homosexuality.