Thursday, July 24, 2008

Save the Date!

The Call of the King Conference

Throughout history, the universal call to holiness has been the path to renewal and revival in the Church. From St. Benedict’s building of monasticism, through Sts. Dominic and Francis embracing poverty and St. Ignatius of Loyola’s challenge to teaching the faith up to today’s new orders embracing the wisdom of Tradition; all movements of renewal have been led by great saints who have called the faith to a new embrace of the Gospel. During the inaugural ‘Call of the King’ Conference, Fr. Anthony Brausch, faculty member of Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, will apply the lessons of history to the modern day and priests and seminarians will share their testimony as to how the prayers of the laity have helped and encouraged them in their response to God’s call to be a priest.

If you are looking for something proactive to do in support of the priesthood and vocations, be at the Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center on Sunday, September 21, 7:00 in the evening for our inaugural Call of the King Conference. The conference is free and open to all; see you there!

Adoration is available before the event for those who wish to avail themselves of this most precious gift of Christ in the Sacrament.


Joyful Catholics said...

I wish I could attend! I'm in Omaha NE, but praying for vocations as the priesthood is so dear to me. I was out in the Protestant world, where chaos and confusion reign. W/out authority, there is nothing but craziness, division and chaos. That might sound like a parking lot at St Robert parish, but believe me, I Love and pray for priest daily! I am grateful to you all for your lives, that you've willingly laid down to serve the Body of Christ. I have a dear friend who's a priest and I've seen his life up close. He hardly has time to sneeze and he's surely spending and being consumed by the demands of life serving two small town parishes. I write him every week and try to talk on Sat mornings if we get the chance. You need support and encouragement from the laity, as there's more than enough complaints to fill a day! He has told me of some of the things that he's had to deal with and it's incredible! He wasn't griping but since I'm not living in the same state, it was a comfort to him to just "let some stuff go" and be himself, and not worry about being judged.)The petty gripes and fights that parishoners have and get into would drive any person barmy, and the brunt of it all lands in the priest's lap or on the desk in a pile of mail or in his ear by a phone call or in his face. I pray to never take a holy man of God, a priest of our Lord for granted again. You have my prayers and heartfelt support, Father. May God keep you and Mary hold you close to her Immaculate Heart.

Anonymous said...

Amen to all of that!
In our parish, we pray the family prayer for vocations at all Masses:
O Divine Jesus, Who has taught us to pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He send forth laborers into His harvest, be pleased to raise up in the church, and in particular in the Diocese of ________, many holy Priests and religious to work according to the intentions of Your Heart, and to procure by their ministry the salvation of souls and the glory of Your Father. And if it should please You, O Lord, to choose one such from our family, kneeling before you at this moment, we would thank You with all of our hearts, on this earth, and for all eternity. Amen. Mary, Mother of Vocations. Pray for us. Amen.