Archbishop's Appeal 2015

The Archbishop’s Appeal is the annual fundraising campaign that provides supplemental financial assistance to institutions, programs and ministries affiliated with the Catholic Church throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

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Vocations

Men's Discernment Retreat

Men's Discernment Retreat

When: May 29, 2015

Where: Seraphic Sisters Retreat House - 130 Beethoven Street, San Antonio, Texas 78210

Join priests, seminarians, and religious for prayer, fun, and fellowship at the Seraphic Sisters’ Retreat House. Come and take some time to discern your call, what God has created you for in this world of his.

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Year of Consecrated Life

Year of Consecrated Life

Pope Francis ushered in a universal Year of Consecrated Life on November 30, 2014, telling consecrated men and women everywhere: "I am counting on you 'to wake up the world', since the distinctive sign of consecrated life is prophecy... Religious follow the Lord in a special way, in a prophetic way. This is the priority that is needed right now: to be prophets who witness to how Jesus lived on this earth… a religious must never abandon prophecy."

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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).


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