Recently Archbishop Thompson appointed Fr. Michael Keucher as Director of Vocations. Father will fulfill this ministry while remaining pastor of Saint Joseph Church in Shelbyville. Archbishop Thompson also appointed four priests in different parts of the Archdiocese as Associate Directors of Vocations. We ask God to bless the ministry of Fr. Mike and the new Associate Directors of Vocations.
The truth of the matter, however, is that we are all associate directors of vocations. All Catholics have a role to play in praying for vocations and promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Jesus has told us to ask the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into the fields.
Prayers for vocations should be part of the daily prayer of every Catholic. We should also never be afraid to affirm the gifts of young people in our parish who may show signs of a vocation.
Many priests and religious attribute the courage to follow a call to service in the Church to a fellow parishioner or family member who asked if they had ever thought of the priesthood or religious life. Let us be bold in promoting vocations. Christ the King is blessed with wonderful and gifted young men and women. Let us not be afraid to ask God to raise up vocations from our own parish families.
The Knights of Columbus are among the great supporters of vocations in the Church. They offer us this beautiful prayer for all vocations:
Heavenly Father, bless your Church with an abundance of holy and zealous priests, deacons, brothers and sisters.
Give those You have called to the married state and those You have chosen to live as single persons in the world the special graces that their lives require.
Form all of us in the likeness of Your Son so that in Him with Him and through Him we may love You more deeply and serve You more faithfully, always and everywhere. With Mary we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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