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
On December 13 at 7:00pm, I will hold the second meeting of a monthly group at St. Margaret Mary parish (5 Fairbairn Ave.) called “The Priesthood Discerners' Group”. These meetings will be open to any man interested in knowing about the priesthood, and the many aspects relating to pre-seminary priestly formation. It will be run in a similar way to the Theology on Tap seminars of the past, but rigged more specifically towards Diocesan Priesthood. I envision having various speakers come out, including other priests, and even the Archbishop, as his schedule permits. Some of the topics will include the following (partial listing):
Fr. Pierre Champoux, Vocations Director, Ottawa
For further information on the diocesan priesthood, please contact Fr. Pierre Champoux (email@example.com).
Something to think about ...