Fr. Jeff,our Provincial Minister, sent the following note:
Brothers all, Happy Thanksgiving to you. I am grateful today (and always) for the gift of a Franciscan vocation. Thanks to Fr. Don and Brs. Tim, Josh and Richard for being with the young folks at the NCYC in Kansas City. I am grateful for thier presence and hard work. It looks like it was quite the event. So much energy! May it bear fruit! May God bless us all with peace!
Attached is the latest Newsletter from the Vocation Office in pdf format. This edition covers two Come and See weekends and the National Catholic Youth Conference in Kansas City. (Video of the latter can be found below.)
Download November 2009 Newsletter
Bro. Tim and I drove to Kansas City, MO yesterday; Friars Richard and Joshua arrived this morning from Chicago. The four of us are handling a booth in the "Reign Forest" at the national catholic Youth Conference. Not all of the young people had arrived when the "Reign Forest" was closed this afternoon, but there should be around 23,000 plus attending adults there tomorrow and Saturday. There are also a few hundred Religious doing exactly what we four are doing--talking with the young folks and planting seeds for possible future vocations.
Because the young people are under eighteen years of age, I cannot post pictures of them without parental permission, which is next to impossible to get in this context. But I do hope to have a few general pictures in the next couple of days which I will be able to post.
I just returned from a five day blitz through Texas and into Alabama to visit three young men interested in our way of life. The trip involved eight flights and I landed in four different cities and five airports; some huge and some very small. I appreciated the warm weather that the south is enjoying and relished the southern hospitality shown me. Two evenings I was with a fellow Friar who is a good friend and we enjoyed some fine Texan food.
So what does this say? It says that there are some wonderful perks in being a Vocation Director. You get to meet some wonderful and generous young men who are willing to take a look at our way of life. I thoroughly enjoy visiting these men and listening to their stories of faith and courage. It is extremely reassuring to know that the next generation of Catholic men find our vocation attractive and are willing to step forward and to say so. God is good and is blessing our province with many wonderful prospectives.
Another perk is getting to travel all over the place. I love to travel and I enjoy talking to people along the way. I used to think my dad was strange for striking up conversations with total strangers. Well, I'm finding myself doing the same thing--and enjoying it. There are many helpful and delightful people on this earth and we are all one human race. We share more in common that we differ from one another. Cultures and differences only enrich the mix.
The third perk is getting to visit with Friars. I try to stop by to see the members of my community when I am in their areas. It is great to spend time and share life with brothers.
Think I enjoy my ministry?
Fr. Jeff, our Provincial Minister, comments on the video for the NCYC:
Nice job, Don!
Three men joined the Friars at Saint Anthony Friary in Cincinnati for the second Come and Seeweekend of this academic year. They are Lucas Smith of Palm Bay, FL; Eric Knott of Indianapolis, IN; and Michael Morel II of Houston, TX. Both Lucas and Eric are twenty years old and Michael is twenty-seven. Lucas attends a Community College in Palm Bay; Eric works at a Country Club in Indianapolis, and Michael presently volunteers at the David School in David, Ky.
With these three participants, we have now have had ten men make one of our discernment weekends this year. The seven who participated in September September Come and See continue to discern their callings as the three new attendees join them in seriously seeking the will of God in their lives. Please continue to remember all of them in your prayers.
This afternoon we will welcome three men for our second Come and See of this year. Please remember them (and us) in your prayers as they continue to discern their life path.