Did you know that each diocese has a Vocation Director, who has the responsibility to promote vocations in his diocese? Did you know that many of them are also pastors or hold other positions in a diocese?
Vocation Directors from the US and 17 other countries came together in Boston. For me, this is like going to Vocation Disney World, being with 250 Priests dedicated to Christ and bringing about vocations to the priesthood and religious life!
Here are just a few of my many take away moments from this week!
1. Fr-Eric Scanlan, Vocation Director from Venice, Florida, shared with me that when I came in Feb, 2016 only a few Vocation Ministries were going. 9 months later 50% of his parishes have a VM!!!
2. On the bus to visit St. John's seminary in Boston, I met Sr. Anthony Mary, a Sister of Mercy and working at the Office of Vocations in Phoenix. When I told her that I wrote Hundredfold, she said that Bishop Olmstead, who wrote Into the Breach, gave her a copy of my book and asked to read it and DO something using it! What?!?!?
3. Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap, of Boston said in his homily, we must CREATE A CULTURE OF VOCATIONS! And we need to let lay people know that encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life are EVERYONE's responsibility! Lastly, he was adamant that we have more Hispanic Vocations! These are 3 of my main goals for VM!!!
4. Then I met Cardinal Sean!
5. Sr. Joseph Andrew, SMME (Ann Arbor Sisters) Vocation Director, spoke about how the priest must rely on and be close to our Blessed Mother. Amazing!
6. I saw relics of some of the APOSTLES!!!! Sts. Matthew and Thomas, pray for us!
7. As much as I will miss Boston's historical beauty and spreading the word about Vocation Ministry, it is the sounds that I will miss most, the sounds of our shepherds! Most of us never have the opportunity to hear 250 priests saying or singing prayers and hymns in unison! I hope you savor them as much as I will. Please pray for our priests, especially those fishing for men to serve our Church. Until next year NCDVD... St. John Vianney, pray for us!