Special story! 3 years ago, I gave my first talk to Priests for the diocese of Belleville, Illinois! They were Diocese #1 out of now 36! Fr. Nicolas Junker, the Vocation Director, took a chance on me, speaking to his priests. I remember shaking in my boots as their bishop was there! I had only met my bishops to this point, so this was intimidating. Let’s get real, it was all intimidating! This convert, speaking to priests! Wait, What?
That first talk was 1 hour long, which felt in some ways like 2 minutes and other ways like 5 hours! The priests at the end gave a standing ovation! Thank you, Holy Spirit, for that affirmation. I needed to feel that at that moment!
Fast forward 35 more dioceses and 61 workshops, today, I gave a full 9AM-3PM workshop for their parishioners, who are ready to start a new wave of vocations! Patty, the assistant and organizer of the event, made cute bookmarks for the event and name tags, too. Sometimes, it is the small things that make an impact.
The diocese now has representatives from many of their parishes ready to have a Vocation Ministry! God bless you, Fr. Nick and the parishioners of Belleville!