Tuesday October 12, 2010

When Did You Know?

How do you know when God calls you to a religious vocation? What does the call sound like? When and how does it come?

"When did you know? Four stories on the mystery of vocation" will bring together four Marianists who heard the call to religious life. They will share their experiences with University of Dayton students and others considering vocations as Marianist sisters, brothers or priests. The dinner and discussion is 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Kennedy Union ballroom.

The program is open to young adults who are open to considering a vocation to religious life.

"This program is a way to help young adults see what religious life is really like," said Brother Sean Downing, S.M., regional vocation director for the Society of Mary. "We are trying to help people appreciate the similarities and the differences in how God calls people to a vocation across several decades of experience."

Sharing their stories will be Brother Bill Fackovec, S.M., who professed his first vows in 1946; Sister Marie Abmayr, F.M.I., who professed first vows in 1952; Sister Laura Leming, F.M.I., who professed first vows in 1978; and Brandon Paluch, a recent University of Dayton alumnus and Marianist novice who has yet to profess vows.

"We would like to help people appreciate the mystery of God's invitation, as well as the vibrancy of the lives of people who have responded with a commitment to Marianist religious life," Downing said.

The Marianist Vocation Office is sponsoring the program in partnership with campus ministry and the University of Dayton's rector's office.

Reservations are recommended but not required. For reservations contact Brother Sean Downing, S.M., at sean.downing@notes.udayton.edu or 937-229-2741.

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