Vocation Awareness Day at Franciscan University of Steubenville
Friday, October 24th, I in a Vocation Awareness Day at Franciscan University in Steubenville. It was my first experience with this site so I had no idea what to expect. Frs. Kim and Brian, the Vocation Directors for Assumption and Holy Name Provinces, were with me as well As Fr. Jerome, a recently newly ordain priest af Assumption Province.
I have no idea how many students came through the display area, but I do know that there were between 80 and 100 Religious Communities represented. At the end of the day we celebrated the Eucharist with Bishop David Zubek of Pittsburgh. There were about 35 concelebrants and a standing-room-only crowd of Brothers, Sisters and students/faculty/staff.
One of the joys of the day was getting to see and be with three young Capuchin Friars who I know from the workshops I have given the past few years on Male Spirituality and Sexuality. Friar David (left) is a novice this year, and Friars Joe and Tom are newly Temporary Professed. The latter two are studying in Chicago.
One of the Religious Men present at the event jokingly said that the place looked like a religious-garb designers convention. All of the Religious there were in habits or, for some of the men, clerical attire.
I spent Thursday and Friday evenings at Holy Family Friary in Pittsburgh where a number of our Friars minister to the local area. I enjoyed their hospitality and the companionship with my fellow and sister Vocation Directors.