Sunday, March 4, 2012

Helping Girls become Nuns!

Dear Friends in the Lord,

We all know that the number of priests and religious brothers and sisters has drastically decreased in the last forty years. The good news, though, is that the long winter in the Church seems to be coming to an end as the new springtime is happening all around us, producing many beautiful vocations for Holy Mother Church, so much so that many communities lack the space to accept them all! In my own journey toward and into priesthood, I can say for a fact that it was by the grace of so many prayers that I was able to hear the call, respond, persevere in discernment and ultimately say 'yes' each day to all the Lord desires. The power of prayer is an incredible thing, so please continue to pray for more vocations and holy vocations. That said, a trend in the vocation realm today is that young adults often hear and respond to the call to consecrated life during or shortly after attending college and incurring heavy debts. Often it is these debts that keep them from being able to pursue the vocation to which they feel called. With that in mind, I'd like to ask if you might consider assisting some of these young people. 

A young woman in our youth group at St. George will be entering The Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara  this coming summer and has been in contact with several other young women who desire to join this community as well, but they are in need of relief from debts.  Pam McGown and Alex Pintus each have a site where you can donate to help alleviate these debts. If you are leery of giving to a specific person but are interested in this great work, you can also go to the Mater Ecclesiae Fund for Vocations webpage to donate or read more. Be mindful that even a small gift of $5 is a wonderful blessing for these young people and a true gift to the Church. Thanks for your consideration and for your support of vocations to priesthood and religious life. May the Lord bless you abundantly for your kindness and love. 

in the Heart of Jesus, through Mary,
Fr. Brent