So, a couple weeks ago Br. Martin and I traveled to Michigan State University (go Spartans) to preach on vocations. I always find it funny when you have that awkward moment when you begin your talk and there is that silent ruffling going on where people clasp the hands of their boyfriends/girlfriends just a bit tighter. However, despite popular belief, I am actually optimistic about the future of vocations in our Church. Looking simply at the Dominican Order, the quantity and quality of guys discerning and entering is amazing. It's one of the reasons why I was drawn to the Order. Yet, being at MSU, I was also impressed and overjoyed to see the success the Diocese of Lansing was having as well. We had a chance to meet with students (guys and gals) who openly discuss vocations, their own discernment, and encourage each other in discerning what vocations they may have. St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and St. John's Student Center has done a phenomenal job in cultivating a culture of vocations where it no longer is a dreaded and scary word. The vocations office of the diocese just released an amazing vocations video (titled Portraits of the Call) that lays out very well what a vocation is and the varieties of vocations that exist in the Church.
Whether you are called to marriage, the priesthood, consecrated life, or the single life, as Catholics we all have a responsibility and duty to discern our vocation and help others to do the same.
In just about a week's time, we will be hosting our semi-annual Come and See Weekend (Feb. 15-17) where men from all over will be joining us to explore whether or not they have a vocation to religious life, to the priesthood, and/or to the Order of Preachers. If you think you might be called to the Dominicans, check out our vocations page, our blog, and our discernment video. Don't be afraid to contact our vocations directors, and who knows...maybe we will see you next weekend.