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“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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On Friday Oct. 25, 2013, I was invited by the Conquest Boys Club to address their annual Faith of Our Fathers Men's Banquet on the question of the permanent diaconate.  This event is an opportunity for men and their sons to come together to celebrate their vocations as husbands, fathers, brothers and sons, while also honouring our spiritual fathers in the priesthood and encourgaing young men to actively discern their own vocations.  As such, it was the perfect place to talk about the vocation to the diaconate, a little known, but essential vocation in the life of the Church.  Here is what I had to say:

I want to thank you for your invitation to talk about the important, but relatively unknown vocation of the diaconate.  Some of us here may be called to this vocation, but most probably are not.  Nevertheless, it is a vocation in the Church, like priesthood or marriage, and all Catholics should know something about it.

Now, I’m a theologian, and one of my areas of...

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In Italian: (1) audio (MP3 file) Vatican Radio report including excerpts from the Pope`s actual oral homily, about 5 minutes. (Listen at the bottom of this post).
In English:
My experience has been that English translations on the various Vatican websites are sometimes (highly) questionable. I don`t know Italian very well but my opinion comes from comparing Latin documents on Vatican websites and their English translations, also on Vatican websites. That is why I provide links to Italian versions since the actual homily was delivered in Italian.
The Pope`s homily addresses, amongst other things, the thoughts of a group of priests in Austria who are wanting to have the Church its teaching on the possibility of ordaining women to the ministerial priesthood.

A Life of Vocations

Last updated on July 16, 2011

Reverend Thomas Nguyen told his audience the Regina Archdiocese needs 12 Seminarians and it has only 3, "so talk about it with young men and pray. We have only 3 and next year we hope there will be 5 more but we need more."

Nguyen was speaking during a May 29 presentation, A Life of Vocations, which he and his Holy Cross Parishioners produced to bring attention to the lack of priestly vocations in the archdiocese. Nguyen also used the occasion to sing songs he wrote over several years, all of them devotional and most of them personal and in between he told the story of his own vocation, his call to priestly service and how it came about. (for his full story see Prairie Messenger May 4 Vocations Supplement).

He talked of his birth in Viet Nam, his youth, his first inkling of a call to the priesthood, the impact of the war, life under the communist regime, his escape to Malaysia, life in a refugee camp and his arrival in Canada, where he heard again the call to...

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