The Archdiocese of Detroit’s office of priestly vocations wants more people asking that question of our young people. On January 12, 2018, St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Allen Park, hosted Cultivating the Call, an informational evening designed to educate those interested in identifying young men and women who exhibit a call to the priesthood or consecrated life.
The evening was organized around the theme of invitation. Beginning with adoration and praise and worship, testimony was then given by James Bird, a second-year college seminarian for the Archdiocese of Detroit, Sr. Magdalena Kizy from the Congregation of the Chaldean Daughters of Mary Immaculate, and Fr. Joe Horn, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
During his testimony, Bird shared how his pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, Michigan, encouraged him to think about the priesthood and to develop his prayer life, when he called him out one day, saying, “James is a real man, he devotes his life to Jesus.” Hearing this affirmation challenged him to know more of what God was asking of him.