7-30-2017- Message from Father Jim

Promoting Religious Vocations

Every once in a while I receive an email from our Archdiocesan Vocation Director asking me to help him in promoting religious vocations. Perhaps now more than ever we need to encourage the young people of our communities to explore the possibility of serving the Church as a sister, brother or priest. I realize the prospect of becoming a “religious” in the Church is not that appealing today to our young people. As I look back on my own vocation, I realize that the seed for that vocation was planted at home. When I first thought of the priesthood as a way of life, my family was there to help and strengthen me as I pursued this goal I had set for myself. I could not have done it without my family! I would encourage parents and families to foster a spirit of encouragement for religious vocations at home. I realize young people may shun the idea of this type of life style, but has the invitation ever been made to think about it? Not everyone has a vocation to religious life, and that’s okay. However, I think it’s important that we at least bring up the subject. It would be a tragedy if a young person had questions about serving the Church as a priest or sister but forgot about it because no one ever asked them about it. The one thing we can all do is pray. Please include in your prayer intentions a petition that more young people will consider the call to a life as a priest, sister or brother.

God bless you always!
Father Jim Volkert