Each year, the archdiocesan Office of Vocations sponsors a Vocation Awareness Contest, which includes competitions for five elementary school grades, to encourage children to support vocations and consider vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.
The St. Louis native priest has served as director of the office, which promotes religious vocations, since August 2008. Since he took the helm as director, the priest has placed the office under the protection of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
He was known for spending more than half of his day in the confessional. The faithful came from afar to the small city of Ars, France, to pour out their hearts and ask for the Lord's forgiveness for their sins.
But such wasn't always the life of St. Jean-Marie (John) Vianney, a 19th-century French pastor and the world's patron saint of priests.
"What's amazing, is when you read about his life and the struggles he encountered in his own vocation and to see how various people intervened," said Msgr. William McCumber, pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Richmond Heights and director of the Office of Sacred Worship for the archdiocese.
"We hear about all of the great things he did as a priest. But the parish process for him was a struggle. I think more importantly is that we see God's divine providence here."