On Friday night before the Saturday workshop, I had the amazing opportunity to tour St. Vincent Archabbey, a Benedictine Monastery, the oldest monastery in the US and the largest in the Western Hemisphere. I was privileged to listen to their incredible organ and see where the monks eat and pray! What a place to contemplate God! Let us pray for an increase to the religious life in the world! Thank you, Fr. Bandura, for arranging this tour!
On Saturday, we had a blessed workshop with over 115 people, standing room only! The week before we were lamenting on 45 had registered, but God cannot be outdone in generosity. What we encountered were so many hungry for the message about how they could turn their diocese into vocation-producing! They wanted home-grown vocations, men and women from their own parishes saying YES! We know that they are out there! A recent study showed that of the families that go to Mass regularly, 30% of their children have thought about a vocation to the priesthood or religious life!
This last 2019 workshop, full of amazing people, inspired me! Come, Holy Spirit!