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The National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors operates this website to foster communication between all diocesan vocations programs.
Vocation Boom is a group "dedicated to supporting the priesthood as a life’s vocation and mission. " Begun in 2008, the apostolate has recently hosted the "Vocations Roadshow" heard on EWTN Catholic Radio, where founder Jerry Usher travelled to different seminaries and interviewed various participants in the formation process. The website contains audio archives of the roadshow, social networking opportunities, links to religious orders and diocesan organizations, and various other resources.
Of course, God's call is not limited to men for the priesthood; women are called to be Sisters, and men are called to be Brothers. In Eastern Connecticut, we are blessed to be home to the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady, Mother of the Church. Few Catholics growing up in eastern Connecticut have not been affected in some way by these holy women. Look through their vocation pages to see personal stories and get an idea of what life at the convent is like.
The Pontifical North American College, located in Rome, has been preparing men for the priesthood for over 150 years. Located near St. Peter's Basillica, the NAC provides an excellent perspective on the universality of Catholicism, being in the heart of the Church. Fourth-year theologian Jonathan Ficara attends the NAC.
Holy Apostles Seminary, located in Cromwell, CT, has been one of the nation's premiere seminaries for decades, and is the alma mater of many priests from the Diocese of Norwich. Bishop Michael Cote concurrently serves as the Chancellor of the seminary and college. Deacon Martin Noe is currently in his fourth year of theology, and seminarian Kurt O'Brien is studying philosophy.
"The Mount", as Mount St. Mary's Seminary is commonly referred, is the nation's second oldest Catholic seminary, and for the 2010-2011 academic year, the largest seminary in North America. Located an hour from Baltimore in rural Emmitsburg, MD, the seminary is currently attended by Jeffrey Ellis and Peter Langevin, both in their second year of theology.
Blessed John XXIII Seminary in Weston, MA has a unique focus; it caters to men aged 30-60 that discern a vocation after having worked in the world. This "second career" allows men to experience their formation with others who are similarly-desposed. Seminarian Tom Griffin (Theology II) is currently studying at Blessed John XXIII.
The original new media apostolate! Mother Angelica's Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) debuted in 1981, and the good foundress herself has become an icon of cable television. But EWTN is more than Mother Angelica; exciting and fascinating television programs and specials grace U.S. audiences around the clock, hosted by such well-know Catholic luminaries as Dr. Scott Hahn, Father Mitch Pacwa, Marcus Grodi, Johnette Benkovic, Raymond Arroyo, Colleen Carroll-Campbell, the late Bishop Fulton Sheen, and dozens more. And best of all, the EWTN website maintains all of its programs as downloadable audio podcasts, to allow you to listen to programs that you miss.
Catholic Answers is a lay-run ministry of apologetics and evangelization, dedicated to promoting and defending orthodox Catholic teachings. Their flagship product, the Catholic Answers radio show, is the number-one rated Catholic radio show in the country, heard nightly on over 100 radio stations from 6-8 pm, including EWTN radio (heard in Connecticut via Sirius Satellite Radio channel 160). A call-in show, the Patrick Coffin-hosted program answers questions from Catholics and non-Catholics alike, and features such regular contributors as Karl Keating, Tim Staples, Father Frank Pavone, Sister Rosalind Moss, Jimmy Akin, and Dr. Peter Kreeft. Every episode is available as a podcast, and the show provides a fun and easy way to strengthen both knowledge of the Faith and love of Jesus Christ.
Since 1997, LifeSiteNews.com has been providing newsfeeds "dedicated to issues of culture, life, and family." LifeSiteNews is a non-profit organization that offers its news via its website, subscriptions via Email, and an RSS feed for news aggregators. Editor John-Henry Westen is a regular guest on the Catholic Answers apologetic radio show.
The Office of Radio and Television of the Archdiocese of Hartford has been active in creating and broadcasting Catholic programming since 1953. The office produces the daily Mass shown on WTXX, and licenses the programming for WJMJ radio (88.9 FM in Hartford, 93.1 FM in Hamden, 107.1 FM in New Haven).