Discerning their vocations

The annual retreat is held to help young men discover their vocation in life and gain a better understanding of the diocesan priesthood.

Singapore
Aug 22 2014, 11:46 AM
Discerning their vocations
Archbishop William Goh and priests celebrating the closing Mass during the Diocesan Vocation Discernment Retreat.

Sixty-seven men, aged 18-35, participated in the Diocesan Vocation Discernment Retreat held from August 1 to 3 at the St Francis Xavier Major Seminary in Singapore. 

The annual retreat is held to help young men discover their vocation in life and gain a better understanding of the diocesan priesthood.

This year’s retreat was based on Jesus’ feeding of 5,000 men by multiplying five loaves and two fish. (Mt 14:13-21)

In his homily during the retreat’s closing Mass, Archbishop William Goh of Singapore noted that young people today are living in challenging times as the line separating truth from falsehood is increasingly blurred. There is thus a greater need to be attuned to the voice of truth.

He encouraged participants to live life fully, and urged those experiencing even a small stirring within them towards the priestly or Religious life to be courageous and take concrete steps to discern if God is indeed calling them to that way of life.  

Any vocation, whether it is the priesthood, Religious life, marriage or singlehood, ultimately requires a gift of oneself to another, a willingness to lay down one’s life for others, he said.

The retreat emphasised to the participants that even though they may experience feelings of inadequacy, they need not be afraid to offer and surrender to God what little they have so as to allow Him to work miracles with their lives.

The nine diocesan priests who helped out during the retreat as presenters, confessors and spiritual directors shared with retreatants how they experienced God working with and through them when they answered His call.

Participants said the retreat certainly helped them in their spiritual discernment. Many lay volunteers from various parishes and ministries also supported the participants through prayers and Eucharistic adoration.

Source: Catholic News

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