'Surviving' the Seminary

Posted by Holly Benner on Jun 29, 2022 4:58:25 PM

As a Catholic of only 23 years, I have participated in many different groups and organizations to try and find my niche in the Church. One of my favorite Catholic organizations that I have been a member of is the Serra Club. The Serra Club and its members are devoted to promoting vocations to the priesthood and Religious life.

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Topics: Catholic Missions, help the Pope's missions, prayer, sacrifice, Kenya, Africa, priestly ordination, Society of St. Peter Apostle, seminarians

The Missionary Domino Effect

Posted by Holly Benner on May 27, 2022 10:01:07 AM

This past month we marked the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the first of the Pontifical Mission Societies, as well as the beatification of Pauline Jaricot, whose vision led to the founding of that Pope’s mission society.

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Topics: Catholic Missions, help the Pope's missions, prayer, sacrifice, Kenya, Africa, MCA, Missionary Childhood Association, Pauline Jaricot, Beatification

Cherishing God's Gifts

Posted by Holly Benner on Apr 28, 2022 6:54:41 PM

Each April we celebrate “Earth Day.”  Our planet is an amazing place, but it needs our help and TLC to thrive. I do try my best to do my part in cherishing, protecting, and treasuring the beautiful world God has given to us.

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Topics: Catholic Missions, help the Pope's missions, prayer, sacrifice, Africa, MCA, Missionary Childhood Association, Earth Day

War Does Not Discriminate

Posted by Holly Benner on Mar 30, 2022 2:32:22 PM

It currently seems impossible to turn on the television or radio without hearing something about the war happening in Ukraine. The death and destruction is accompanied by millions of people, fearing for their lives, fleeing as refugees to other countries for safety. Unfortunately, groups just as large are being left behind, cut off from basic utilities and lacking access to water, food, medication, electricity, sanitation, and even shelter. Hospital workers are struggling to give care and are being forced to relocate their patients to bomb shelters or basements. For many of us, the thought of this currently happening is almost impossible to comprehend and accept. Unfortunately, for myself, I have previously come face-to-face with the terrors that surround war.

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Topics: Catholic Missions, help the Pope's missions, prayer, sacrifice, Lent, Africa, MCA, Missionary Childhood Association, peace, Ukraine, war

The Ultimate Sacrifice

Posted by Holly Benner on Feb 28, 2022 1:19:23 PM

I love Ash Wednesday: the symbolism of receiving a cross of ashes on my forehead; the start of Lent, 40 days for prayer and sacrifice, demonstrating our gratitude for Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Every year these reminders help me to not take Jesus’ love for granted and to grow a bit more in my faith.

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Topics: Catholic Missions, help the Pope's missions, prayer, sacrifice, Lent, Africa, Sisters, Nuns, food, Ash Wednesday, MCA, Missionary Childhood Association

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