Pray for Vocations!
Fr. John Schmidt, C.Ss.R.
Each August we celebrate the profession jubilees of our confreres. On August 1 several men will mark 25, 50, 60 or even 75 years. Fr. Wil Lowery celebrates his 75th year as a Redemptorist. He’s done much during these years, perhaps one of his greatest blessings was his missionary work in Thailand. He helped form many young men as Redemptorists who carry on the mission. Fr. Wil has listened graciously to God’s call and spent his life as a witness to the Redeemer.
On the other end of the spectrum are two men at the beginning of their religious life: Jose Montoya and Steve Urban. They begin their novitiate year to “better recognize their divine vocation,” and to be formed in the Redemptorist charism through the living of a vowed life. They will listen closely to the Redemptorist call to the poor and abandoned and decide if God calls them to embrace this apostolic life. Pope Francis sees vocations in the context of encounter: “the mystery of the Incarnation reminds us that God continually comes to encounter us.” God know us and walks along in our anxious and joyful moments. We discover a vocation by listening, discerning and living the life.
This year, our novices will focus on the rich expression of the Redemptorist apostolic life and how our charism shares in the mission of Jesus, and how they participate through vowed living. Hopefully, at the end of the year, they will decide to commit as Redemptorists to the vowed life.
The Co Redemptorists will help Steve and Jose during this year. You already assist them financially and your prayers will help them in this important step. I’ve included a prayer for you and me to say each day:
Christ our Redeemer, let your Spirit overshadow us and make your gentle invitation heard in many hearts. Bless the Redemptorist novices with courage and openness. Bless us with many vocations, so the poor may experience the Good News of Redemption. Amen.
Thank you for your past support, and as you plan your almsgiving for 2019, please include the Co-Redemptorist Association in your regular giving plans.
In Christ the Redeemer,
Father John K. Schmidt, C.Ss.R.
Director, Co-Redemptorist Association
P.S.: Have you considered including the Redemptorists in your estate plans? Through your stewardship, you share in our many Redemptorists ministries. Will you join us on this final journey of Faith? Jim Ruybal, the Director of Redemptorist Mission Advancement, is available to discuss a special legacy gift that can continue the Redemptorists’ work beyond your lifetime. Send him an email, or call at 303-726-0839.