Boston Conference on Priesthood
In early October, I participated in the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors in Boston, where I networked with many of my confreres about how to attract new priestly vocations, and to encourage those already in active discernment. In a recent national poll (in the US), I discovered that 80% of men who become priests were personally invited by their parish priest to consider a call to priesthood. Isn’t that amazing?
Priests Call Forth Vocations
The challenge for priests in our parishes today, is to actively be on the lookout for good prospects, and to plant seeds in their hearts, by asking the question: “Have you ever considered becoming a priest?” If the vocation is real, the prospective candidate won’t be able to rest until he seriously considers the calling. Yes, the Lord can be a bit of a nag, but always in a good way!
Priesthood Discernment Group
Since November, I have been holding monthly meetings of “The Priesthood Discerners' Group”. These meetings are open to any man interested in knowing about the priesthood, and the many aspects relating to pre-seminary priestly formation. They are run in a similar way to the Theology on Tap seminars of the past, but rigged more specifically towards Diocesan Priesthood. Various speakers come out, including other priests, and even the Archbishop, as his schedule permits.
Meetings are held from 7pm-9pm at St. Margaret Mary parish (5 Fairbairn Ave). Here are the upcoming dates:
January 11: Characteristics of Priestly Candidates and Spiritual Direction
February 8: Hearing the Voice of God; 7 Stages of Discernment
March 8: Prerequisites and Impediments to Priesthood; Applications and Admissions Process
May 10: The Blessed Virgin Mary and Discernment; Breaking the News to Family and Friends
Fr. Pierre Champoux, Vocations Director, Ottawa
For further information on the diocesan priesthood, please contact Fr. Pierre Champoux (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Something to think about ...