If you ask any seminarian to share his vocation story, very likely you will hear about a priest who inspired him to consider the priesthood and even helped him enter seminary. Sacred Heart seminarians host these priests once a year to thank them for the many ways they have influenced our vocations. The twenty-first annual Priest/Seminarian Dinner was held on Sunday, November 7. The night included Evening Prayer in the main chapel and a dinner with all of our honored guests.
Among the priests included were: spiritual directors, retreat masters, parish internship supervisors, vocation directors, and pastors—all who have encouraged a vocation to the priesthood. It was a night filled with great joy and fraternity. Msgr. Todd Lajiness, rector and president of Sacred Heart, addressed the priests and reminded them of their influence emphasizing that formation is a teamwork effort. He recognized that there is a great deal of formation that happens outside of the walls of the seminary thanks to the many priests who were present with us.
I thank all of the priests who have influenced and encouraged my brother seminarians and I to seek the Lord through his call of the priesthood, and we pray that the Lord sends more laborers into his vineyard.