Vocations

“Lord, You search me and You know me.” 

God has planted our vocation deep into our hearts.  Only He knows the plans He has for each one of us.  Through our baptism, we are called to Know Christ, Love Christ and Serve Christ and sanctity is our highest calling and our first vocation.  In discerning where God is calling us, we must continue to grow in an intimate and personal relationship and conversation with Christ.  Whether our call is priesthood, consecrated life, marriage or single life, we must discuss with Christ, “Is this the best path for me to holiness?”

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Arpee Urquico's road to the Priesthood

Last updated on July 20, 2017

ARPEE URQUICO’S ROAD TO THE PRIESTHOOD

By Frank Flegel

“It was my childhood dream to be a priest,” said Reverend Arpee Sacramento Urquico in an interview several days after his June 30 ordination to the priesthood, but his dream took a convoluted route to his goal including a couple of short interruptions.

Arpee was born in a community about two hours south of Manila, in the Philippines. In 1991 Mount Pinatubo exploded and buried his village in ash and mud. The villagers were evacuated to another village near Manila, and this is where Arpee grew up and completed his elementary and high school education.

His mom attended daily mass and took him and his two older brothers with her. His dad worked as a mechanic in Saudi Arabia. He became involved in his parish as a youth and met seminarians who came to his church for their internship. “I liked them and thought, I want to be like them.” It was in his high school years when the idea of becoming a priest...

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Arpee Urquico's Ordination

Last updated on July 12, 2017

By Frank Flegel

There were few empty spaces in Holy Rosary Cathedral  Friday evening June 30 as the archdiocesan faithful turned out to witness and support the ordination to the priesthood of Arpee Sacramento Urquico.

His journey to the priesthood began in Philippines where he entered a Dominican Seminary. His cousin, Father Gerard Joy Montiague, living in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, convinced him to come to Canada. He recommended Arpee to the late Regina Archbishop Daniel Bohan who asked Director of Personnel Reverend Danilo Rafael to meet with Arpee during a planned visit to Manila. “I thought he was a good man so Archbishop Bohan asked me to begin the process of getting him the necessary papers to come to Canada,” said Father Rafael.

Arpee arrived in Canada in June, 2013, and entered St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton to continue his priestly studies.  He spent a year of internship at St. George’s Parish, Assiniboia, and was ordained to the transitional...

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Deaconate Installation as Acolytes

Last updated on July 5, 2017

Sept. 2, 2017                     Installation as Acolytes for diaconate program at Chapel at Campion at 4:00 pm

Event begins on September 2, 2017

Praying for Vocations is Working

Last updated on June 8, 2017

It seems those prayers for vocations are paying off big time as the Regina Archdiocese has nine seminarians in various stages of their journey to the priesthood. This is the largest number of seminarians since the 1950s. Seven are at St. Joseph Seminary in Edmonton, one is studying in Rome, and another is at St. Philip’s Seminary in Toronto. Of the nine, five are advanced enough in their studies that Archbishop Donald Bolen has announced internship assignments for them effective September 1, 2017.

Van Chinh (Joseph) Vu will serve at St. Anne in Regina; Parker Love will serve at Resurrection Parish; Buu Phung (Anthony) Tran will serve at St. Cecelia; Ricardo Escalante will be at Holy Trinity but will live at St. Cecelia Rectory. In addition to his parish assignment effective August 1 as Associate Pastor at Resurrection Parish, Arpee Urquico will be on-call for the Hospital Sacramental Ministry when the priest chaplain is away. Urquico will be ordained to the priesthood on...

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Vocation Booth Career Day,

Last updated on June 6, 2017

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 :

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Father Stephen Bill (Archdiocesan Vocation Director) – representing Priesthood;

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Deacon Joe Lang  - Marriage and Permanent Diaconate;

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Francine Audy - Single Life;

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Hugo Isaza and Charly Cavanaugh,...

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Event begins on November 22, 2017
Event begins on August 22, 2017
Event begins on October 4, 2017

Regina Archdiocesan Clergy Retreat

Last updated on May 10, 2017

LIVING SKY RETREAT CENTRE, LUMSDEN

MAY 3, 2017

By Frank Flegel

For Filipino Bishop Pablo David it was almost like speaking with his own priests at home in the Philippines as he delivered the annual Archdiocesan Clergy Retreat at the Living Skies Retreat Centre (formerly St. Michael’s Retreat). At least 10 of the 55 priests in the audience were from the Philippines and serving in various parishes throughout the Regina Archdiocese.  None of the Filipino priests came from Bishop David’s Caloocan Diocese but they had heard of him and were pleased that he was there to deliver the retreat. Bishop David also took the time to celebrate the regular Saturday afternoon mass at Holy Child Church which has a large Filipino population.

Bishop David based his talks on the biblical passage in which Jesus joins two apostles on the road to Emmaus. There are several biblical references to this particular episode and the Bishop chose the version in Luke’s Gospel as the...

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Week of Prayer for Vocations

Last updated on May 1, 2017

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Vocations Office
445 Broad St. North
S4R 2X8 Regina , Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan CA
Rev. Stephen Bill
Vocations Director
Ph:
(306) 352-0988
(306) 352-0999