Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Creating A Culture for Vocations

Just as in the construction of villages, it takes a whole bunch of people to raise (or is it make?) a seminarian. Among those vocation builders are the Knights of Columbus and the Serra Club.

As many of you know, the Knights are engaged in so many different activities, from pro-life advocacy efforts to efforts to meet the needs of the poor. Some of the councils also sponsor a seminarian through the Refunds Support Vocations Program (RSVP). The $500 in RSVP funds to me over the last year certainly came in handy especially in meeting unanticipated expenses. I’ve found that unanticipated stuff continues to “happen” even while in seminary.

I am privileged to be sponsored by Council #14471 (Monsignor McKune), the council to which I also belong as a member and 3rd Degree Knight. In addition to providing financial support for my journey, Council members keep me apprised of their work and even allow me space in their monthly newsletter to offer reflections.

The Serra Club of Louisville is actively engaged in fostering vocations. Through a regular program of speakers, prayer and other work, Serra Club members serve an important role in the vast network of supporters which every seminarian needs and appreciates. I, for one, look forward to their annual hosting of a luncheon for seminarians and others, an event usually held in August. Seeing all of the new and not-so-new faces reminds of “where I have been and where I am going.” Plus, it always represents a chance to connect with former Congressman Ron Mazzoli, a Serra Club member, who surely is one of the biggest supporters of Louisville’s seminarians!

Creating a culture of vocations requires time, effort, and, most importantly, prayer. Louisville’s Vocation Office will be sponsoring an event for all of those interested in raising awareness about vocations on March 3 at the Cathedral of the Assumption. Further information is available by calling 636-0296, ext. 1270 or by sending an email to cwilliamson@archlou.org.

On behalf of my brother seminarians, your support for vocations is appreciated. Meeting the ministerial needs of the Church requires all of our efforts.

Next week, with the season of Lent is upon us, I will discuss some of the ways in which seminarians respond to His call for repentance and continuing conversion.

Until next week,


Steven Henriksen

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