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The Unfulfilled Vocation

The story goes something like this (and I’m changing some of the details because I haven’t gotten permission from this person to use the story): There was a young man who worked closely with young people and taught them about our Catholic faith. He shared with them about the Church’s teachings on vocation and doing God’s will, and all the while, he felt like he was being called to the married life and, at the same time, that he may never be married. He had discerned religious life and came to realize, through prayer and …

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When the Trinity Crashes a Beer Run

Recently, I teamed up with two friends of mine to enter a costume contest and road race in which teams of three competed for the chance to win Skyline Chili for a year for the most creative contest (providing all three members of the team stayed tethered together throughout the race). The race started and ended at a festival beer tent and I’ll get back to that in a minute. My always-creative wife thought it would be great if the three of us dressed as members of the Holy Trinity, and since it’s hard to …

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The Gift of the Priesthood

On Friday, July 19, 2013, the Vocation Office officially posted the first of its brand new series videos in a project filmed and produced by US Digital Partners and on Monday, July 22nd they officially launched its promotion and it has been met with wild enthusiasm. For a video that is nearly 10 minutes long on YouTube it has already been seen over 5000 times by people all across the nation in just its first month! And the series launch has only just begun! Of course, every project like this has a little bit of …

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We All Have a Vocation, I’m Chasing After Mine

For the second year in a row, the Vocation Office is pulling together a team of runners to enter the various races of the Flying Pig Marathon and compete as members of the Run for the Call team. This team will be adorned with bright, gold-colored t-shirts with maroon lettering that says boldly, “Run for the Call” on the front and “We all have a vocation, I’m chasing after mine” on the back. As the organizer of this team, I have to admit that I’m a little biased when I say, “What a cool message!” …

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I’m Still Wolverine

We play dress ups a lot in our house. Just about every day, when I come home from work, I am greeted at the door not with a hug or a “Yay! Daddy’s home!” (though that happens a lot, too!), but with a plastic sword and the words, “I’m going to get you!” My four year old son is dressed in some sort of costume playing the part of the prince, my 2 year old daughter is in some sort of dress playing the part of the princess, and the bad guy just walked into …

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What is it about Religious Life?

As an Associate Vocation Director, I have seen my share of vocation related YouTube videos. Many of them have been sent to me and many I have gone out and found in my searching for other things. Some of my favorite videos are those of consecrated religious taking their first vows. Part of this, I think is simply because I don’t have any experience with these ceremonies and I love the many ceremonies of the Church (especially that of an Ordination – if you’ve never witnessed an Ordination Mass, please make it a point to …

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