Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Diocese, Gonzaga University host high school vocation night

the Inland Register

(From the March 18, 2004 edition of the Inland Register)

High school girls listen to presentations by, from left, Holy Names Candidate Anna Keim, Dominican Sisters Mary Lucy and Mary John, Franciscan Sister Christine Still, Poor Clare Sisters Marcia Kay and Colleen, Carmelite Sister Rosario Therese, and Sister of Providence Jessica Taylor. (IR photo from the Diocese of Spokane Vocations Office)

On Sunday, Feb. 29, the Vocation Office for the Diocese of Spokane, in collaboration with Gonzaga University, hosted a High School Vocation Night for young women and men from throughout the Diocese of Spokane.

Over 70 high school students from nine different parishes gathered to hear presentations and reflect on a vocation to priesthood and Religious life.

Father Darrin Connall, Director of Vocations for the diocese, began the evening by speaking to all the students about the idea of vocation. Following this presentation, the boys and girls broke into two groups to hear separate presentations on priesthood and Religious life.

The girls met with representatives from various local and national groups of women Religious, including the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, the Franciscans, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, the Poor Clare Sisters, the Carmelite Sisters, and the Sisters of Providence. The women also had an opportunity to ask questions and enter into conversation with the Sisters about their own vocations.

Fifteen-year-old Cassie Ricco from St. Thomas More Parish summed up her experience with the Sisters by saying simply, “It was cool!”

While the women met with the Sisters, the young men had the opportunity to hear talks by diocesan and Religious order priests and seminarians.

Jesuit Father Matthew Gamber facilitated the discussion between the boys and Father Dan Barnett, pastor of St. Patrick and St. Francis Xavier parishes in Spokane; Mr. Paul Grubb of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus; Franciscan Father Jim Ciaramitaro; Bishop White seminarian Sean Harrell, and Benedictine Father Joseph Nguyen.

Father Gamber commented that the event was a great opportunity for young men to interact with priests and seminarians and to “see many wonderful examples of this type of life and have the time to really engage in genuine discussion about how the Lord calls.”

Following the individual presentations, the students gathered in the Gonzaga University student chapel for Evening Prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Franciscan Father Kerry Abbot preached the homily and encouraged students to “live passionately for Jesus Christ.”

The evening concluded with a pizza and pop social at Bishop White Seminary hosted by members of the Spokane Serra Club.

“This event for high school students is part of our ongoing diocesan effort to create a culture of vocation, whereby all young people are encouraged to reflect on what the Lord has planned for their lives,” said Father Connall. “If we do our part, God will do the rest.”

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