The Friday Five: Vocation, Vocation, Vocation!

This week we celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are discerning these particular vocations.

By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications

When it comes to real estate, we all know the phrase, “Location, location, location!”  Property gains or loses value depending upon where its found.

When it comes to the Church, one of the most precious things is finding — or discovering — God’s vocation for you.  What comes next is finding the courage to say, “Yes!”

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Want to know more about the consecrated life?  The Arlington Catholic Herald has produced a beautiful series of videos featuring the religious communities living in our diocese.

Here’s the latest in the series:

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Calling all men in the diocese! Take a step forward this month to grow in your own vocation or discern where God is leading you at the Diocesan Men’s Retreat from November 20 – 22.  This year’s retreat, led by Rev. Antoninus Niemiec, O.P., Parochial Vicar at Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish and Priory in Charlottesville, will focus on the theme “Growing in Virtue Through Daily Sacrifice and Suffering.”  Register today!

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Trying to discern your vocation, but don’t want to do it alone?  Explore our diocesan discernment groups sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Vocations.

IMG_9276_filteredBishop Loverde visits with youth at Quo Vadis Days Camp

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On Monday, November 2, the diocese celebrated Bishop Loverde’s upcoming 50th anniversary of priestly ministry with a special tribute dinner.  See the photos and read the recap from the Arlington Catholic Herald.

“During these past 50 years, our good friend has demonstrated a singular commitment to Christ and His church.”  – Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington

 

Ordination1965Bishop Loverde’s priestly ordination, Rome, 1965

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Next week we’ll highlight the many ways in which our shepherd communicates with his flock and with those beyond our diocesan borders. Stay tuned!

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