The office of vocations is again hosting a discernment retreat for men who might be considering the possibility of priesthood on the weekend of November 4-6, 2016. The retreat will be hosted at the San Patricio retreat center and I invite any man who might be interested to talk to me and I’ll give you more information on the details. Over the past several years this weekend retreat has proven to be beneficial for our local church and I would encourage and ask for your prayers. Bishop Cantu has appointed Fr. Alex to work as the associate vocation director, so he and I will be working closely on this very important ministry.
Last Friday I had a very unexpected visit; Sr. Anna Marie Broxterman stopped in, on her way to Silver City, to say hello. Sr. Anna Marie, CSJ, was campus minister at WNMU while I was a student there and she had a huge impact on my discernment and subsequent decision to enter seminary. I like to think that she played a very important role in my young life, offering guidance and encouragement as well as opportunities to grow in ministry. Sr. Anna Marie and I had a great visit; I’m so grateful to her for her ministry and witness of faith.
I think it’s very normal for a student to discern the possibility of service in the church, either as a priest or as a religious sister, as they figure out what they want to do in life. Over the last several years we have worked hard to create and sustain a culture of discernment and vocation promotion, primarily through our collective prayer but also through the witness of young men who have taken the chance and entered seminary formation. If you’re even slightly considering service in the church please talk to someone, a parent, a teacher or myself. Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.