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Bob Reddy – Florida Catholic

11/10/17

Sixth graders from Catholic elementary schools across the Diocese of Venice are being challenged to recognize the presence of the Lord in themselves while also considering their vocation: possibly to religious life for the girls and the priesthood for the boys.

“God is calling each of us,” Diocesan Vocations Director Father Eric Scanlan told the sixth graders at a Vocations Day on Nov. 2, All Souls Day, at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers. “You have to open your heart to the Lord’s call. I know that there are people in this room who are being called to a religious life or the priesthood. Are you listening?”

Sixth graders surround Diocese Vocations Director Father Eric Scanlan for fun games during a Vocations Day at Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota on Oct. 26.

The Diocese of Venice Vocations Office hosted Vocations Days on Oct. 26 at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota for the five Catholic schools in the Northern Deanery and on Nov. 2 at Bishop Verot Catholic High School for the schools in the Central Deanery.

Students from Epiphany Cathedral, Incarnation, St. Mary, St. Martha, St. Joseph, St. Francis Xavier, St. Andrew and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Schools heard from priests and religious men and women about listening to God’s call for their Vocation in their life.

Religious sisters speak to sixth grade girls during a Vocations Day at Cardinal Mooney High School in Sarasota on Oct. 26.

The day focused on encouraging the young boys and girls to open their hearts and minds to develop their personal relationship with God while keeping open the possibility of a deeper calling for their vocation.

Sr. Mary of the Assumption Binyhan, SSVM, joins in fun and game with sixth graders during a Vocations Day at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers on Nov. 2.

Throughout the day the students heard from priests and religious women who shared their stories of how they found a grace to serve God in a special way. There were separate sessions for boys and girls, where they were free to ask any question.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane celebrated Mass at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School and reminded the sixth graders that they must grow into the goodness the Lord has provided them.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane speaks to sixth graders during a Mass at the conclusion of a Vocations Day at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota on Oct. 26.

“This goodness that is within has to come out,” Bishop Dewane added. “One way is that we need more people to serve the Church. To serve the People of God. To take the holiness that the Lord has given to each one of us and choose to become priests or religious. That is a giving of that goodness and giving it to the fullest.”

Father Scanlan told the young boys and girls that “God is never going to call you to do something you are not going to want to do. You just have to open your mind and your heart to what God is calling you to do.”

Father Eric Scanlan, Diocese Director of Vocations, talks to sixth graders from the Central Deanery during a Vocations Day Mass on Nov. 2 at Bishop Verot Catholic High School in Fort Myers.

Throughout the day the students participated in various activities and games with the priests and religious present while also carefully listening to the profound words they had to say as each shared their own personal spiritual journey to serve God in a special way. Students at Cardinal Mooney and Bishop Verot shared their own faith story, noting the challenges to stay focused on the Lord with other distractions in life. However, no matter how far they strayed away from their faith, each noted that the one strength in their lives was the Lord, calling them back. This invariably brought comfort to stability to their lives.

Father Timothy Harris, TOR, of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Parish speaks to sixth grade boys during a Vocations Day at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota on Oct. 26 as Vocations Director Father Eric Scanlan looks on.

Prior to the closing Mass, there was Eucharistic Adoration to allow the students to focus and spend time in the presence of the Lord.

A third Vocation Day for sixth graders in the Southern Deanery will take place Nov. 17 at St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples.

 

Students from Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School in Sarasota talk to sixth raders during a Vocations Day event at the school on Oct. 26.

Father Scanlan said the goal is to let these young boys and girls know about the possibilities for the future and the greatness that comes as a servant of the Lord for priests and religious.

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