June 1st, for the 3rd year in a row, the Regina Catholic School Board invited mostly Grades 10 and 11 students - though some Grades 9 and 12 were invited as well - from the four Catholic High School of Regina, to participate in a Career Day». About 125 adults were involved with the 105 booths spread about in the hallways and the gym of Miller High School. In total, about 1700 students participated.
For the second year, the Archdiocesan Vocation Committee had been asked to be part of it and to present the different vocations God may call us to: our path to happiness and holiness.The following were present for the whole day, or part of it :
Father Stephen Bill (Archdiocesan Vocation Director) – representing Priesthood;
Deacon Joe Lang - Marriage and Permanent Diaconate;
Francine Audy - Single Life;
Hugo Isaza and Charly Cavanaugh, from the Marian Centre, and Sr. Myriam Larivière and Sr. Mélanie Guillotte, from the Myriam Family – Consecrated Life.
From 9:30 AM til 3 PM, students stopped by, for a short visit, or longer, most of them attracted by a real size cardboard Pope Francis with whom they enjoyed taking a selfie.
In a joyful atmosphere, through games, guesses, the youth were invited to ask questions about « vocations » to one or the other representatives named above. « How did you know you were called to become a priest? » « How did you become a sister? » « How long does it take? » « What is your biggest challenge as a husband, as a Deacon? » « What is your greatest joy as a priest, as a single person? », etc.
Either taking a look at the pictures describing some Religious Communities, collecting a brochure, or welcoming a blessing for the rosary they just received or made themselves, the youth seemed happy to be around. Some of them even came back a second time!
Talking with them, we understood that the real meaning of « vocation » isn’t something they are familiar with. So, it was nice to see the surprise and interest in many gazes while they were listening to the testimony from one or the other, hearing about God’s personal Plan of happiness and holiness for them. That, even at their age, they are already equipped, meant for the specific vocation – call, mission – God created them for: a vocation they are invited to discover and to freely answer to. Called to BE before DOING a job!
So, God’s Seeds have been planted in their hearts during this day… The fruits now belong to the Holy Spirit. Let’s keep praying for them as they continue their journey in life!