Life Awareness Retreat
When: January 9-11, 2015
Where: Cordi-Marian Retreat Center
Join diocesan and religious priests, consecrated women and men, and laity in a weekend devoted to helping you discern the call of God in your life. This is a beautiful opportunity filled with prayer, candid conversation, and support in a warm and secure setting.
World Day for Consecrated Life
When: Monday, February 2, 2015 - In parishes the weekend of February 7-8
Instituted by St. Pope John Paul II in 1997, this celebration on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, celebrates the light that shines in the Church through the witness of our Sisters and Brothers in the Consecrated Life.
Growing a Vocation Culture
Many people ask, “Why are there not more priests, sisters, and brothers?” There are all sorts of answers people come up with, and many of these are valid. However, one of the most overlooked reasons, and perhaps one of the most important, is that you just never hear about people becoming priests, sisters, or brothers anymore. The fact is that there are people who follow the call to “Church vocations” all the time, but no one knows about it. Therefore, many people who are called never think about a life serving the Church as an option. It does not seem to be what “successful” people do, or it seems like too much of a sacrifice.
If we trust that our God is caring for His Church, then we should have faith that God continues to call people. The problem is that we are not listening. In this regard, the Vocation Office is striving to create a Vocation Culture here in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. This means that every Christian will realize and respond to their role in promoting vocation awareness in their place in the Church. Pastors, parents, teachers, ministers, mentors, siblings, supervisors, co-workers, and friends all have a responsibility by baptism to build up the Kingdom of God. Part of this building effort is helping God’s people realize their call in life, so that each of the many functions of the Body of Christ will be served by faithful, passionate, well formed members (cf. 1 Cor. 12).
How do you live your call to help guide others to their vocation, their God-given mission, in this world? How much have you thought about, prayed about, your vocation in life? These are vital questions if we are to be responsible members of the Body. So, next time you wonder why there seem to be so few Church vocations, maybe it is time to contact the Vocation Office and see what you can do to learn and get involved.
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).