Vocations and ordination

Vocations fair at SLU focuses on God’s call

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org
At a vocations fair on the campus at St. Louis University, Eric Elizondo, left, had a heart-to-heart with Sister Catherine Thomas Brennan, a Dominican Sister of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, while Dominican Sister Maria Canisius Wiley talked with former classmate Amy Bolad.

The sign came at the precise moment in the mid-day outdoor Mass when Jesuit Father David Meconi elevated the consecrated host, the true presence of Jesus Christ.

A star shined above Father Meconi's raised arms, the sun reflecting in a starburst pattern off the top of the Clock Tower at St. Louis University — a hint of divine approval, perhaps, at SLU's first vocations fair in the millennium.

On a sunny but crisp and windy autumn day, 40 religious communities participated in the all-day event, giving students passing by one-stop shopping in the heart of campus.

Holy hour for priestly and religious vocations with Poor Clares

A holy hour for priestly and religious vocations will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at the Poor Clares' Monastery of St. Clare, 200 Marycrest Drive in Oakville. To learn more about the life of a Poor Clare nun, see a St. Louis Review video at www.stlouisreview.com/Tkr. 

Vocations job a natural fit for Father Fallon

Father Brian Fallon, assistant director of vocations, left, took pictures of a participant dressing up as a priest at the Steubenville Mid-America Conference.

A flash of red hair, a Roman collar and a goofy smile: If you haven't seen Father Brian Fallon yet, you probably will soon.

Father Fallon became associate director of vocations for the archdiocese on June 7 and hasn't slowed down since. "It's my third day on the job," he laughed June 9 over the shouts of Kenrick-Glennon Days campers. "No pressure."

Adoration, Eucharistic experiences foster a culture of vocations

Davide Bianchini, a seminarian, attended the vocations holy hour at St. Clement of Rome Parish in Des Peres. “I firmly believe it is the prayer that comes from this parish, day in and day out, that has been the impetus behind the vocations coming out of this parish.”

With all the talk of the "culture wars," it's easy to dismiss as meaningless platitudes the "culture of death," the "throwaway culture," and so on.

One of these "cultures," however, is slowing the steep drop in vocations to religious life: It's the "culture of vocations," fully alive in two archdiocesan communities.

Through God’s stirring, men answer call to priesthood


Pope Francis said there's nothing more beautiful for a man than to be called to the priesthood. 

There's probably nothing more nerve-wracking, either. But that was only momentary. Casting aside any early morning jitters, six men, under the shadow of the Holy Spirit, joy in their hearts, were ordained priests for the Archdiocese of St. Louis May 23 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. 

Series meant to open young adults' eyes to discerning vocation

Abby Unverferth, 24, prayed at the “Come Catch the Fire” series Nov. 13 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse.

Sarah Harbaugh remembers the first time she was asked the question.

As a student at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo, Ill., one of her teachers, a sister with the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, asked Harbaugh if she had considered religious life.

She laughed a little and said, "No."

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