Vocations and ordination

Steubenville serves as conduit for planting seeds for religious vocations

Jose Lopez, second from left, of Sacred Heart Parish in Columbia, Mo., joined other young men who responded to the call for those considering vocations in ministry during Mass at the 2013 Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America conference.

Drew Burkemper was hoping he would get through the entire weekend of Steubenville without a mention of vocations. Several years ago, as he attended the conference with his youth group from St. Joseph Parish in Manchester, Burkemper already had an idea that God might have been calling him to the priesthood. But he certainly wasn't ready to let the world know that.

I THOUGH YOU SHOULD KNOW | Jesus is counting on you to pray for vocations

Bishop Robert J. Hermann

Before Jesus gathered the 72 disciples in today's Gospel and sent them forth, He had previously spent an entire night in prayer with His Father, just before choosing the Twelve Apostles. Thus, by His example, Jesus is teaching us the importance of praying for vocations.

We have to believe that Jesus again spent quality time in prayer before choosing these 72 disciples. Not only is He asking them to be His forerunners, but He is also instructing them, and us, to "ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest."

Ohio priest dies days after ordination

MAUMEE, Ohio -- Ordination "meant everything" to Father Scott R. Carroll.

"His dream was to be ordained a priest." That's how the 46-year-old priest was remembered by Father Keith Stripe, pastor of his home parish of St. Joseph.

Father Carroll lost his battle with cancer May 10, just two days after Toledo Bishop Leonard P. Blair ordained him a priest at the family home.

Priest bios for the class of 2013

Michael Benz

Age: 48

Home Parish: Holy Trinity in St. Ann

Transitional diaconate service: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Oakville

Degrees: Bachelor's in English from University of Missouri-St. Louis, master's in English from Ohio State University, and bachelor's in philosophy, master's in theology and master's in divinity from Kenrick-Glennon Seminary

Ray Buehler

Age: 32

Home Parish: Curé of Ars in Shrewsbury

Transitional diaconate service: Ascension in Chesterfield

Six new priests ordained for the Archdiocese of St. Louis

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Editorial | Vocations -- time to play our part

For many years people have asked, "Why doesn't the Church do more to promote vocations?"

Catholic dioceses, religious communities, schools and others have worked hard to promote vocations. In recent years those efforts have become more finely tuned, thanks in part to various studies that have not only focused on specific needs but also have revealed more of a willingness among young people to consider vocations than many had thought.

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