Vocations

"I am often asked, especially by young people, why I became a priest.  Maybe some of you would like to ask the same question.  Let me try briefly to reply.  I must begin by saying that it is impossible to explain entirely.  For it remains a mystery, even to myself.  How does one explain the ways of God?  Yet, I know that, at a certain point in my life, I became convinced that Christ was saying to me what he had said to thousands before me: 'Come, follow me!'  There was a clear sense that what I heard in my heart was no human voice, nor was it just an idea of my own.  Christ was calling me to serve him as a priest."   - Pope John Paul II

 

rfvlogoAt St. Jane de Chantal, we strive to raise vocation awareness among our Parish and surrounding community. We pray for the young men in our seminary, and for those who have yet to hear God's call. Through our Vocation Spotlights, we learn about our current and future priests by sharing their testimonies. We raise money and run many miles while participating in the annual Run for Vocations. We also host pizza lunches for our children, where they hear first hand from priests and nuns. All of this is done to reinforce the fact that the church needs vocations, that God does call men to follow Him, and that we should be aware as we may be a small part of the story.

 

The Archdiocese of Washington has a fantastic online presence in dcpriest.org. If you are interested in learning more about our seminarians, the Office of Priestly Vocations, or the Blessed John Paul II Seminary itself, we encourage you to visit dcpriest.org. If you have other questions or want information, please contact Chris Ryan or Dan Jay.

 

Give the Gift of Prayer

The "Give the Gift of Prayer" campaign is something we do every Advent. After Thanksgiving, parishioners will notice a strand of Christmas lights in the rear of the church, adorned in tags. Each contains the picture of a current seminarian, brief information about him and his studies, and a prayer on the reverse. It is simple; we ask that these are brought home so that each seminarian has prayers being said for his vocation.

 

Vocation Spotlights

Reading our Vocation Spotlights gives us the opportunity to see some of the many ways God reaches out to those preparing to be priests in our Archdiocese. The Vocations Comittee makes every effort to gather and produce these on a monthly basis, which allow testimonies to be heard within our parish.

 

Run for Vocations

We participate in the larger Run for Vocations effort, as part of the Marine Corps Marathon held in Washington, DC. Each year, we field a team of Marathon and 10K race runners who raise money and run many miles on behalf of those giving their life to the church.

2013
Run for Vocations 2013
 
2012
Run for Vocations 2012
 
2011
Run for Vocations 2011
Run for Vocations 2011

 

Pizza Lunches

 

Our annual vocation pizza lunches provide the opportunity for our children to hear the testimony of our priests and archdiocesan nuns. This great event offers stories of how men and women heard the call of God and responded with a resounding YES! The questions the children ask are nothing short of fantastic and the religious are completely transparent in their answers.