The Diocesan Vocation Council hosted a lunch on April 19 at the Chancery to honor seminarians of the Diocese of Orlando and to brainstorm ideas for promoting vocations to priesthood and religious life.
More than 30 seminarians were in attendance including several who are pursuing a vocation to the religious order, Sons of Divine Will based in St. Cloud. The mood was joyous and celebratory as seminarians mingled with chancery department directors, chancellor Carol Brinati, Bishop John Noonan and members of the Diocesan Vocation Council. The Council formed recently to discern how to better promote vocations at the diocesan level.
The Diocesan Vocation Council Mission Statement is: Through the call of the Holy Spirit and Love of the Father, the Diocesan Vocation Council will work in conjunction with the Vocation’s Office to bring awareness to the various ministries within and outside of the Diocese by helping to identify those individuals that may have a special gift and interest to the priesthood or consecrated life.
One topic discussed at the luncheon is the importance of Eucharistic Adoration in encouraging religious vocations. For example, Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Indialantic, is a 24/7 adoration parish and more seminarians are from this parish than any other in the Diocese of Orlando.