Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Archbishop Dolan: On Fostering Vocations

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Over the weekend, 530 Serra Club members from 12 different countries gathered at their annual international conference in Omaha, Neb. “No one offers more support and encouragement for vocations than Serra,” said the host, Omaha Archbishop George Lucas.

Among the attendees was New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. Archbishop Dolan told Serrans that vocations can be promoted by the laity in four distinct ways.

  • The first, said Archbishop Dolan, is by emphasizing the vocation of marriage and family. Citing data from a Pew Research Center study, Archbishop Dolan stated that only about 50% of Catholic young people are approaching the sacrament of marriage.

“Taking care of the first crisis will take care of the second,” said Archbishop Dolan. “Vocations to the priesthood and religious life come from lifelong, life-giving faithful marriages.”

  • Secondly, Archbishop Dolan spoke of re-creating a culture of vocations.

“There were no good old days in the Church,” said Archbishop Dolan. “Every era in Church history has its horrors and difficulties.”

“We need to recapture the climate/tenor/tone/ambiance in the Church where a boy or man isn’t afraid to publicly say, ‘I want to be a priest,’ and where his family, relatives, neighbors, parish, priest, sisters, teachers and even non-Catholics are robustly supportive.”

  • Thirdly, Archbishop Dolan said that the laity need to not be afraid to ask their priests to help them be holy.

“For a faithful Catholic, a priest is essential for growth in holiness because he gives us the sacraments, and without the sacraments we can’t be holy,” said Archbishop Dolan. “When you ask us to help you be holy, we realize that we must be holy, and you remind us that there is something unique in the Church that only a priest can do.”

  • Finally, Archbishop Dolan said that priests must be reminded that they are here to help the laity get to heaven.

“A priest is an icon of the beyond, the eternal, the transcendent,” said Archbishop Dolan. “Heaven gives us hope and meaning in life.” Tim Drake - National Catholic Register


Duluth, MN

Region 08 District 7-

Serra Club of DULUTH MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: Pickwick Restaurant
Time: 1st Monday, 12 noon
Serra Club Meeting #2: Pickwick Restaurant
Time: 3rd Monday, 12 noon

New Ulm, MN

Region 08 District 7-S

Serra Club of Sleepy Eye, MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: 702 3rd Ave NW, Sleepy Eye, MN
Time: 1st Thursday, 7:00 PM

St. Cloud, MN

Region 08 District 7-

Serra Club of ST. CLOUD MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: Pastoral Center
Time: 1st Thursday, 6:30 AM (Mass)
Serra Club Meeting #2: St. Mary's School
Time: 2nd Thursday, 12:00 PM (Lunch)

St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN

Region 08 District 7-

Serra Club of MINNEAPOLIS MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: St Olaf
Time: 2nd Wednesday, 12 Noon

Serra Club of ST. PAUL MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: St. Joseph Hospital
Time: 2nd Friday, 7:30 AM
Serra Club Meeting #2: Joseph's Grill
Time: 4th Friday, 12:00 noon

Serra Club of MIDWAY - ST PAUL MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: Lexington Restaurant, St Paul
Time: 3rd Monday, 11:30AM Mass

Serra Club of SOUTH SUBURBAN MINNEAPOLIS MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: Our Lady of Grace Church
Time: 2nd Friday 11:30am
Serra Club Meeting #2: Our Lady of Grace Church
Time: 4th Friday 11:30am

Serra Club of NORTH - MINNEAPOLIS MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: Jax Cafe, North Minneapolis
Time: 2nd Tuesday, 12 noon
Serra Club Meeting #2: Jax Cafe, North Minneapolis
Time: 4th Tuesday, 12 noon

Serra Club of NORTHWEST HENNEPIN, MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: Holy Name of Jesus, Medina MN
Time: 2nd Friday, 6:45 AM Mass
Serra Club Meeting #2: Holy Name of Jesus, Medina MN
Time: 4th Friday, 6:45 AM Mass

Serra Club of TWIN CITIES AIRPORT MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: St Bonaventure Ch, Bloomington
Time: 1st Friday, 12 noon
Serra Club Meeting #2: St Bonaventure Ch, Bloomington
Time: 3rd Friday, 12 noon

Serra Club of WRIGHT COUNTY, MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: Christ the King Retreat Center
Time: 2nd Thursday, 6:30 PM
Serra Club Meeting #2: Dunn's Coffee
Time: 1st Monday, 8:00 AM

Serra Club of ST CROIX VALLEY, MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: St. Ambrose Parish
Time: 1st Saturday, 8:00 AM
Serra Club Meeting #2: Green Mill Restaurant
Time: 3rd Thursday, 6:30 PM

Winona, MN

Region 08 District 7-S

Serra Club of WINONA MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: St. Casmir Church
Time: 1st Monday, 5:15 PM
Serra Club Meeting #2: St. Casmir Church
Time: 3rd Monday, 5:15 PM

Serra Club of MANKATO MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: Good Counsel Education Center
Time: 1st Tuesday, 12:10 PM
Serra Club Meeting #2: Good Counsel Education Center
Time: 3rd Tuesday, 12:10 PM

Serra Club of ROCHESTER MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: Church of the Resurrection
Time: 1st Friday, 11:50 AM

Serra Club of OWATONNA AREA, MN

Serra Club Meeting #1: St Joseph Catholic Church
Time: 2nd Monday, 6:15 PM Liturgy of the Hours, 6:30 PM Meal, 7:00 PM General Membership Meeting
Board of Trustees Meeting #2:
Time:4th Monday, 7:00 PM


La Crosse, WI

Region 07 District 8-

Serra Club of LA CROSSE WI

Serra Club Meeting #1: Franciscan Spirituality Center
Time: 2nd Friday, 12 noon
Serra Club Meeting #2: Franciscan Spirituality Center
Time: 4th Friday, 12 noon

NORTH DAKOTA
Bismarck, ND

Region 08 District 137-

Serra Club of BISMARCK ND

Serra Club Meeting #1: Bismarck Country Club
Time: 2nd Friday, 12 noon
Serra Club Meeting #2: Bismarck Country Club
Time: 4th Friday, 12 noon

Serra Club of MINOT ND

Serra Club Meeting #1: St John the Apostle Church
Time: 1st Friday, 9:00 AM Mass
Serra Club Meeting #2: Knights of Columbus Club
Time: 3rd Friday, 12 noon Lunch

SOUTH DAKOTA
Sioux Falls, SD

Region 08 District 7-W

Serra Club of SIOUX FALLS SD

Serra Club Meeting #1: St. Joseph Cathedral
Time: 2nd Saturday, 7:45 AM
Serra Club Meeting #2: St. Joseph Cathedral
Time: 4th Saturday, 7:45 AM

Serra Club of ABERDEEN SD

Serra Club Meeting #1: Sacred Heart Rectory
Time: 1st Saturday, 9:00 AM
Serra Club Meeting #2: Sacred Heart Rectory
Time: 3rd Saturday, 9:00 AM

Serra Club of WATERTOWN AREA, SD

Serra Club Meeting #1: Immaculate Conception
Time: 2nd Saturday, 8:00 AM
Serra Club Meeting #2: Immaculate Conception
Time: 4th Saturday, 8:00 AM

Serra Club of VERMILLION-YANKTON, SD

Serra Club Meeting #1: Newman Center
Time: 3rd Monday, 7:00 PM



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