Encourage your children and the young people in your military communities to consider a vocation to the priesthood, religious, or consecrated life. You never know when a word of encouragement, a question, or a thoughtful reflection might be the catalyst that a young person needs.
With the World Day of Prayer for Vocations taking place on May 12, the Church drew its attention to asking “the Lord of the harvest to send out workers to harvest his field” (Lk 10:2). The Archdiocese has been blessed to see the effects of such prayers for vocations this spring. Encouraged by this, our prayers continue.
At the end of February, twenty-two men gathered together for the annual Spring Discernment Retreat at St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California. Archbishop Broglio was present for the four days of prayer, reflection, and talks with AMS Vocations Director Father Logan and other priests and chaplains.
In June the Archdiocese will host the For God and Country retreat. This retreat is for priests who are already ordained but may sense a deeper call to the military chaplaincy. At this gathering, AMS clergy, staff, and chaplains will join Archbishop Broglio in giving the priests a realistic picture of what it is like to be a military chaplain and how to become one. While this year’s retreat has reached its maximum capacity, additional applicants will be added to a waiting list.
This spring has already seen several diaconal ordinations as well as two priestly ordinations. Additionally, Father Mark Bristol, a co-sponsored priest, was sworn into the Navy on Sunday, May 6. With several other ordinations expected in the near future, and the recent endowed scholarship for seminarians established by the MCCW, the Archdiocese has indeed been blessed.
Please continue to pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life. Young men interested in discerning a priestly vocation, and the vocation within a vocation to serve those who serve in the U.S. Military, can find more information at www.milarch.org/vocations, or may contact Father Logan by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 719-3600.