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Vocations

National Vocation Awareness Week

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Life Awareness

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This retreat is for single Catholic men and women ages 18-45 who want to spend time and pray with Archbishop, religious, priests, brothers, and young adults in formation. Come and discover the reason for your life in God's plan.

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"Priests Willed by God"


Rev. Jonathan Felux
Director of Vocations and Seminarians
Archdiocese of San Antonio


“Among the virtues that priests must possess for their sacred ministry none is so important as a frame of mind and soul whereby they are always ready to know and do the will of him who sent them and not their own will. The divine task that they are called by the Holy Spirit to fulfill surpasses all human wisdom and human ability. ‘God chooses the weak things of the world to confound the strong’ (1 Cor 1:27). Aware of his own weakness, the true minister of Christ works in humility trying to do what is pleasing to God.” (Presbyterorum Ordinis, 15).


These words from the Second Vatican Council are just as important today as on the day they were written. It is no secret that there are big questions before the leaders of our Church at this time. So much worry and doubt have been caused by clergy not only behaving contrary to human decency, but even more painfully violating the promises of their ordination and consecration to the Lord. As a priest and a vocation minister, I must say that I am saddened and disheartened by these actions. I can also say however, that I am not discouraged in my ministry.


I am a vocation director. My job is to help people discover their call from God. I have the honor of helping people discern why the Almighty God has created them. We may have doubts because of the weaknesses of our brothers in ministry, but I cannot doubt the wisdom and power of God. God is raising up new priests right now. Priests who will boldly follow God’s holy will – just like the majority of priests who have been ordained are doing now. These young men are out there in your parishes, in your schools, in your workplaces, and in your own families. They are there because God made them to find their vocations in this time and in this context.


I hope you all can join me in praying for and encouraging holy vocations, without fear and without doubt. May we each do what is pleasing to God. Each of us has been made for a reason. Each of us is weak and has our struggles. But may each of us renew our faith in our God. He calls the weak to do his holy will. Pray for those he has called, that they may answer. May they may have the support and care of all of us in the Church who, in our weakness, seek to follow the will of the God who loves us.


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