This weekend the church is asking us to intentionally pray for vocations, specifically to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life or societies of apostolic life. On this Good Shepherd Sunday I'd like to share very good news with the parish.
Last week Bishop Cantu officially accepted one of our university students, Francis Gyau, as a seminarian for our Diocese. Francis is from Ghana and will be graduating with a masters degree in Math at the end of the semester. Please join me in congratulating Francis and please keep him and all of our other seminarians in your prayers.
A recent statistic from a survey of youth and young adults on vocations found that over 500,000 of our youth and young adults have seriously considered a vocation. Parents, godparents and grandparents: have you considered planting the tiny seed of a possible vocation in the lives of your children and grandchildren? Please take the time and "risk" asking the question, knowing that you may never see the fruit of your work. Let us pray that the Lord will continue to bless our local church with an abundance of men and women who will respond with generous hearts and hands, in service to God's people!