The vision of the Second Vatican Council states that vocations are part of the shared responsibility of all God's people in building community and working together for effective mission as Church. We are all called to serve God faithfully as single, married, ordained, or religious. Just as Jesus was compelled by the Spirit and blessed by the Father to respond to a call to mission, we pray that some among us will be inspired to respond to a call to mission in our Church as a priest, brother, sister, or deacon. Although we pray for all four Christian vocations--married life, single life, priesthood and consecrated life, we can focus our efforts on
- recruitment to the priesthood and consecrated life;
- awareness-building of these religious vocations; and
- education regarding these religious vocations.
Let yourself be summoned by the love of Christ, recognize his voice that rings in the temple of your heart. Have no fear of the fact that the response he requires is radical because Jesus, who first loved you, is ready to give what he asks of you. If he asks much it is because he knows that you can give much.
--Pope John Paul II
To further our efforts within the parish, a Vocations Cabinet has been established. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.
Ongoing projects and events in the Diocese of Winona
Operation Andrew Dinners/Miryam Vocation Dinners -- Evenings of prayer and meal for men and women, respectively, with their pastors, vocations director and bishop.
Quo Vadis Days -- An annual religious vocation camp for youth in grades 6-12 is held each June. QV Days for Boys will be held in Winona. QV Days for Girls will be held in Mankato.
Tours -- of Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary, Winona and the Motherhouses in Mankato and Rochester (by appointment).
Please contact Fr. Russ if you would to discuss a possible vocation or would like to refer a family member of friend to a religious vocation.
A Few Women's Religious Communities:
Notre Dame Sisters, Omaha, NE
Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA
Rochester Franciscan Community, Rochester, MN