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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Diocese’s Vocations Office, Gonzaga University cooperate for promotion effort

the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 17, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

A new tradition of collaboration has begun between Gonzaga University and the Diocese of Spokane’s Vocations Office. At the initiative of Jesuit Father William Watson, Gonzaga’s Vice President for Mission, the university’s annual career fair has now been expanded to include displays on vocations to the priesthood and Religious life.

The diocese’s Vocation Office, as well as Vocation Directors from all the Religious orders of women and men in Eastern Washington, are invited to send representatives and distribute literature to interested students.

In addition to the Career Fair, the university community is also encouraging vocations to priesthood through a monthly “Thinking of Priesthood” discernment group. Several young men on campus have expressed some interest in a possible vocation to priesthood.

The purpose of the monthly discernment group is to gather these individuals together in order to answer their questions and offer presentations on various aspects of priesthood including discernment, prayer, service, celibacy, and other topics.

Any college man who has ever even thought about the possibility of priesthood, either Religious or diocesan, is encouraged to attend.

The priest facilitators of the group are Fathers Watson and Darrin Connall. Father Connall is the rector of Bishop White Seminary, Director of Seminarians and Vocations director for the diocese.

Based on the needs of the participants, these priests offer presentations and bring in guest speakers to address the various issues.

The group meets once a month on a Sunday evening at Bishop White Seminary. The evening includes pizza with the seminarians. Meetings last an hour and end with Night Prayer.

All expenses associated with this promotional effort, such as food and advertising, are funded by members of the Serra Club of Spokane.

With regard to potential vocations in the university community, Father Watson said, “I think that within two to three years Gonzaga will be one of the leading sources of priestly vocations for the diocese and the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus.”

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