Within the late winter of 2020, I acquired a cellphone name from Stephanie Burke inviting me to develop into the subsequent Director of the Excessive Calling Program.
Whereas we mentioned many matters concerning the Program, at one level, she paused and stated, “Joe, I used to be simply strolling up the steps in my home, minding my very own enterprise, and the Holy Spirit whispered in my coronary heart, ‘Joe, Excessive Calling.’”
These phrases caught my consideration.
I imply, how do they not? However I discovered myself hesitant to interact within the name absolutely as a result of my curiosity was elsewhere on the time. Two weeks prior, I had interviewed for an open college place as a professor, and a suggestion was on the desk.
The night time of Stephanie’s name, I went to the Blessed Sacrament to hope. Earlier than the Lord, I contemplated the College’s provide, asking the Lord for steering.
As I prayed on the 2 items earlier than me, it was now the Holy Spirit whispering into my coronary heart: “Joe, Excessive Calling.” Upon returning dwelling, I talked issues over with my spouse – we determined to hope a novena for readability and course. And as all good issues are available threes, on the conclusion of the novena, Jackie heard in her coronary heart, “Joe, Excessive Calling.”
Quickly after, I reached out to Dan and Stephanie Burke to just accept their provide to develop into the subsequent Director of the Excessive Calling Program. Providentially, a couple of hours after I took the place, the College let me know their provide was now doubtful as a consequence of COVID. It was clear that God’s beneficiant hand had moved in my discernment, eradicating all doubt, and this was my comfort, my pleasure!
My mates, the enjoyment I skilled that day foreshadows the numerous joys I’ve come to expertise within the Excessive Calling Program. The treasure of seeing younger males open their hearts extra absolutely to the priesthood is without doubt one of the nice joys of my job.
The world could emphasize the vocation disaster, and for motive—the numbers don’t look good — BUT I’ve a front-row seat to hope, the hope that’s born from watching males give their radical sure to a better calling.
And so I need to invite you to the subsequent Avila Basis webinar, “Vocation Disaster: A Turning Level?” the place I’ll share in my hope and pleasure as Dan Burke and Fr. Michael Niemzcak (Vocation Director for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe) be a part of me to debate the present state of vocations to the priesthood, how the Church can flip the tide, and the function the Excessive Calling Program performs in sharing within the mission of the Church.
Be part of us on September 15 at 7 PM Central for a dialog you received’t need to miss. As all the time, we’ll share the recording with those that can’t make it reside. However you’ll must register!
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