Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington
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New springtime for priestly vocations increasingly evident
the Inland Register
(From the April 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)
There is a palpable increase in the number of young men interested in discerning a vocation to the diocesan priesthood. Father Daniel Barnett (right), Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Spokane, points to several indicators of this new springtime.
The first indicator is the number of young men who come forward directly to make contact with the Vocations Office. This is often at youth events such as Steubenville Northwest or the Catholic Youth Celebration (CYC).
In addition, the Quo Vadis Days Camp is a great opportunity for many young men to begin learning how to discern God’s call in their lives. This year, Quo Vadis Days will take place from June 20-23 at Pinelow Camp near Deer Park (please visit www.qvdays.org for more information).
Thanks to generous gifts from the St. John Paul II Foundation, the Serra Clubs, the Knights of Columbus, and others, the camp will be free to all participants.
The second indicator is the number of young men who have been referred by others. An increasing number of pastors, youth group leaders, teachers, and even young people themselves will arrange an introduction with someone who is thinking about the priesthood.
“This is really a key element of the Year of Mercy,” said Father Barnett. “Pope Francis keeps reminding us that God invites us to receive his mercy in order to share it. In other words, each person’s vocation includes the mission of helping others discover theirs.”
In order to make it easier for people to respond to God’s call, the Office of Vocations is currently in the process of identifying a vocations curriculum for schools and parish religious education and youth groups.
“Yet, the most important thing we must do is pray that the Master of the Harvest send out laborers for his harvest,” said Father Barnett.
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