Vocations

Vocations Sunday

3 May 2020

Called to Serve

Meet Bishop Thomas Dowd

Everyone has a story. In this series "Called to Serve" we profile various people who God has called to serve the Church and highlight their journey of discernment and faith in their lives. On October 22, 2020, Pope Francis named Bishop Thomas Dowd as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie. In this episode, we profile Bishop Dowd, who tells us about his upbringing, his own call to the priesthood, his life as a Bishop, the blessings and challenges of ministry - and what he is looking forward to as Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie.  Click here to see the video.

Meet Sister Costanza Romano, CSJ

Pope Francis speaks

A vocation, more than our own choice, is a response to the Lord's unmerited call ...

Pope Francis, Letter to Priests, 4 August 2019

Words of Vocation: Pope Francis' Message for the

2020 World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Pope Francis shares reflections, open questions

and possible paths for Consecrated persons

(14 May 2018)

Called to Serve

Meet Bishop Thomas Dowd

Everyone has a story. In this series "Called to Serve" we profile various people who God has called to serve the Church and highlight their journey of discernment and faith in their lives.

On October 22, 2020, Pope Francis named Bishop Thomas Dowd as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie. In this episode, we profile Bishop Dowd, who tells us about his upbringing, his own call to the priesthood, his life as a Bishop, the blessings and challenges of ministry - and what he is looking forward to as Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie. 

Click here to see the video.

Meet Sister Costanza Romano, CSJ

Everyone has a story. In this series "Called to Serve" we profile various people who God has called to serve the Church and highlight their journey of discernment and faith in their lives.  

In this episode, we profile Sister Costanza Romano, a sister with the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph.  Sr. Costanza shares her own journey of hearing the Lord call her to serve as a Sister, explains the promises she made of poverty, chastity and obedience, and talks about the beautiful history of the Sisters of St. Joseph who have served the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie since 1936.

Click here to see the video.

Meet Father Pat Woods

Everyone has a story. In this series "Called to Serve" we profile various people who God has called to serve the Church and highlight their journey of discernment and faith in their lives.  

In this episode, we profile Fr. Pat Woods, a priest of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, and Pastor of St. Jerome's Church in Sault Ste. Marie. Fr. Pat shares his emotional journey of his life's struggles and setbacks, even on the brink of losing his life, and how God powerfully intervened to help him discover that he had more to offer in this world.

Click here to see the video.

Meet Father Larry Rymes

Everyone has a story. In this series "Called to Serve" we profile various people who God has called to serve the Church and highlight their journey of discernment and faith in their lives.  

In this episode, we profile Fr. Larry Rymes, a priest of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, and Pastor of the Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Hope & St. Anthony in Sudbury, Ontario. Fr. Larry shares how he didn't find fulfillment in his own plans for life, the joy he's found in the priesthood, and what he's looking forward to as churches begin to re-open across the Province of Ontario. 

Click here to see the video.

God's people
speak

On Sunday 3 May 2020, the Church throughout the world prays in a particular way for vocations.  Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life for our Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie?  Take this opportunity to pray for the priests and religious who have ministered to you in your life, and consider encouraging your

children, grandchildren or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious sister or brother.  Pray that those that the Lord is calling to serve the Church will overcome their fear, and allow God to shape them into who he has made them to be.

How will you respond?

Is God calling you to be a priest or to Religious Life?

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