Below is a recent post by Father Chris Lemieux, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Toronto. His blog can be regularly found at http://www.vocationstoronto.ca/blog
I have entered my fourth year "In the Vineyard" so-to-speak; in a dedicated way as Director of Vocations. A priest should always find himself in the vineyard in every way, encouraging and supporting men and women to dedicated service in the Church of Christ. Today, I want to begin to offer a few thoughts on this blessed ministry which I am grateful that I have been called to by the Lord.
These really have been four amazing years. As a relatively new priest (I celebrated my fifth anniversary of ordination in May), I was blessed to spend 1 1/2 years in a beautiful and vibrant community and was then reassigned to the Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Toronto in January 2014. I have worked with many who have heard the Lord's call and find myself collaborating with many to find new and better ways to help those who are open to discerning find their way, too. One of the most helpful directives I received from Cardinal Collins upon my appointment was his desire that I always put "people before programs," which I have tried my best to honour. The investment of time offered for anyone discerning is well worth it!
The Church is blessed with many very solid, loving, faith-filled men and women discerning religious vocations amid the challenges that we face as a Church and as Christians in the world today. There are many devout disciples of Christ who are willing and ready to make sacrifices for a life that is filled with meaning and purpose, such as they are hopeful to find when they contact my office or speak to their priest or minister who will then speak to me. The challenge I find the vocations team faces in the Archdiocese of Toronto is finding the right place for all people to find their way to dedicated service as priests; religious sisters and brothers in the Church.
Every vocation director has their priorities, and these are mine. I share them, because these are what I see as the most important things we do as Christians to discern ourselves but help others discern, too. From these will flow the next few reflections:
I hope you will enjoy the reflections and I hope that my Blog Reflections continue to offer some food for thought. May God bless you!