Vocations office reaches out to every region of the archdiocese
We are blessed with many vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated religious life in the archdiocese. Presently, 30 men are studying for the priesthood and three are approaching ordination to the priesthood this spring.
A vocation is literally a calling, and many are responding to the call. Our vocations office supports the archbishop in reaching out to our elementary schools, high schools and colleges, encouraging young people to be open to the words of Jesus, “Come, follow me.”
Our children are invited to imitate the humility, generosity, gratitude, readiness and courage of Our Blessed Virgin who responded to the angel Gabriel — “May be done unto me.”
The archdiocese recognizes the vital role parents have in helping to foster vocations. Programs facilitate ways parents can create conversations with their children about the priesthood and religious life. “Parents talk with their kids about dating and college, and the risks of drugs. There is a conversation that I sense is sometimes getting skipped in our Catholic homes. The conversation is about religious vocations,” said Father Mitchel Zimmerman, director of vocations for the archdiocese.
Father Zimmerman encourages everyone to take a few moments to meet our seminarians online at: www.archkck.org/diocesan-priesthood/seminarians. You will be impressed with their holiness and how energetic they are for the Catholic faith and the future of the church.
The vocations office also helps young women discern a calling to the consecrated life. Many communities in our archdiocese offer inspiring examples of women who have found joy in a life given to God. The Sisters, Servants of Mary, the Apostles of the Interior Life and the Little Sisters of the Lamb are among those you have read about in The Leaven. The Benedictine Sisters in Atchison and the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth are among those inviting young women daily to the religious life.
Your gift to the Archbishop’s Call to Share will help our vocations office continue to reach out to every region of the archdiocese with the joyful message of Jesus Christ and his church, inviting men and women to hear and respond to God’s calling.