Prayers of the Faithful: For young men and women; That God may give them the gift of understanding to discern their service in the Church, the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life; And for the gift of courage to follow His call. We pray to the Lord. . . . For young people; That they may… [Continue Reading]
Each religious community is a special blessing in our church, with its particular mission, spirituality, and flavor. Religious communities share much in common with each other, and yet, each one has its own unique spirit or ‘charism.’ Charism: Greek CHARISMA, gift, from CHARIS grace; akin to Greek CHAREIN to rejoice: an extraordinary power (as of… [Continue Reading]
Why be a priest? Everyone who wants to be true to their self is looking for meaning and fulfillment in their lives. For a Christian, the meaning of life is always connected with serving God in some way. Many people are finding meaning and happiness in their lives and are also serving God in the… [Continue Reading]
Welcome to the Vocations Office of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. First, let me introduce myself to you. My name is Fr. Michael DePalma, and I am a Catholic priest. It still amazes me that I am able to say that! The journey towards priesthood in the seminary, and now the journey since ordination has… [Continue Reading]
The Italian priest and painter Bernardo Strozzi, (b. 1581, Genova, d. 1644) captured the essence of the deacon’s ministry in his depiction of St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr (d 258) distributing the treasures of the Church. Here one does not see St. Lawrence’s face. Only his hands and neck in the light. A disciples… [Continue Reading]
Dear Friends in Christ, It is a delight for me to invite you to consider the great need that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has for more priests and religious. I have been a priest for over 39 years and I wouldn’t trade a day of this time for anything else. If you are called… [Continue Reading]
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