This past weekend (March 20th-22nd) we welcomed a vocation visitor named Daniel to our formation house in Minneapolis. Daniel, who is from Carrollton, TX, has been in touch with us since July, 2008. He has met Fr. Raphael Eagle who is a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from Daniel in Ft. Worth. Fr. Raphael was gracious enough to set aside some time to meet and get to know Daniel and recommended that we bring him to Minnesota for a visit. The weekend went well. Daniel enjoyed the experience and we were very happy to have him. Hopefully this was one of many visits to follow! Please keep Daniel in your prayers as he discerns his calling.
On another note, I arrived in Pennsylvania this afternoon and am looking forward to spending time with our friars here. Over the next several weeks I will be doing some preaching on vocations at one of our parishes and passing out new vocation promotion literature. Thanks to the exceptional work of New Group Media, Sr. Judy Zielinski, OSF, and Connie Tooley, a graphic designer employed by New Group Media, we have some wonderful brochures, posters, and a DVD which hopefully will serve to drum up interest in our community on the part of those discerning a religious calling. Speaking of "drumming up interest" via our new marketing approach, this morning I received a call from a young man who saw our ad in the NCR and would like to visit. I am finding there is indeed interest in our way of life....now all we need to do is let our light shine! Peace and good, Pat, TOR