This summer’s version attracted a sizable number of the 185 ACE teachers on campus for required graduate courses in education.
By now, 41 ACE alumni have gone “into formation,” as Catholic lexicon puts it, for the priesthood or a religious order.
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The numbers, though modest, help to ease the steep decline in incoming priests, sisters and brothers.
Perhaps even more vividly, the ACE participants stand at a radical remove from the careerist track of their generation of students at elite colleges. I was part of a volunteers’ program in college, but I feel drawn to a deeper connection to people, not a superficial kind of service.”The desire compelled him to enter ACE after graduating from the University of Central Florida.
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The speed-dating session — yes, it was called exactly that — put 17 women into rotating conversations with sisters from a dozen religious orders.
Of them, nine men have been ordained as priests and one woman has taken her vows.
Another 10 alumni are still studying, while the remaining 21 left the process.
Having entered the order at 19, she also embodied the decision to willingly forsake romantic and familial life.
Maggie Ellis, left, and Clare Wojda, far right, met with Sister Theresa Sullivan of the Daughters of Charity during a type of speed dating at Notre Dame for those deciding whether to enter the priesthood or a religious order.“Pray, be in relationship with God,” Sister Theresa replied.