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Lend Your Own Voice to Christ A Helpful Guide  For Priests A Resource from NCDVD
Pope John Paul II <ul><ul><ul><li>Address for 1993 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, “I turn, finally, to you who are alr...
What’s the Booklet About… The most important aspect of vocation promotion! Getting priests  To call forth men To consider ...
Overall Purpose   This booklet is for priests.  It was written for priests to help priests carry out Jesus’ mission to pri...
The Facts… <ul><ul><li>Fact #1:  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The main reason young people do not consider the priesthood is...
The Facts… <ul><ul><li>Fact #2:  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Year after year, in surveys of classes of ordination, 80-88% o...
The Facts… <ul><ul><li>Fact #3:  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveys consistently show that only about 30% of priests activ...
Origin of Project <ul><ul><ul><li>2009 Convention brought to membership the idea of a 2 nd  booklet. Same concepts and sty...
Origin of Project   <ul><ul><ul><li>In order to continue fruits of Fishers of Men, Fr. David Toups in CCLV offered $20,000...
Format of Guide <ul><ul><li>Introductory true stories which contain the essential elements involved in effectively identif...
Seven Lessons <ul><ul><li>Jesus Calls a Man Through the Pastor of His Soul </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become Aware of Your...
What to do? <ul><ul><li>Buy boxes and boxes of booklets…and have your bishop send one (or more) to every priest! </li></ul...
<ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Comments? </li></ul>
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  1. 1. Lend Your Own Voice to Christ A Helpful Guide For Priests A Resource from NCDVD
  2. 2. Pope John Paul II <ul><ul><ul><li>Address for 1993 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, “I turn, finally, to you who are already consecrated to the Lord and, in a special way, to you priests: you have already heard and recognized the call of the Good Shepherd; lend your own voice to him who today still calls many to follow him.” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What’s the Booklet About… The most important aspect of vocation promotion! Getting priests To call forth men To consider the Priesthood.
  4. 4. Overall Purpose This booklet is for priests. It was written for priests to help priests carry out Jesus’ mission to priests: to lend their voice to Christ so that He may call forth men to the priesthood.
  5. 5. The Facts… <ul><ul><li>Fact #1: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The main reason young people do not consider the priesthood is because they have never been personally asked. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The Facts… <ul><ul><li>Fact #2: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Year after year, in surveys of classes of ordination, 80-88% of the men consistently report that it was a priest who invited them to consider the priesthood. Jesus calls men to the seminary and priesthood through a priest’s personal invitation encouraging them to consider it. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Facts… <ul><ul><li>Fact #3: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveys consistently show that only about 30% of priests actively invite men to consider the priesthood. Fr. Rosetti’s statistics supported this. </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Origin of Project <ul><ul><ul><li>2009 Convention brought to membership the idea of a 2 nd booklet. Same concepts and style as 1st booklet, but more inclusive. Not just those discerning priesthood. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Coordinators brought it to regional members </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Feedback was that membership wanted a booklet for priests </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Origin of Project <ul><ul><ul><li>In order to continue fruits of Fishers of Men, Fr. David Toups in CCLV offered $20,000 for production costs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Began writing </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Format of Guide <ul><ul><li>Introductory true stories which contain the essential elements involved in effectively identifying and calling forth those men Jesus has chosen to be priests. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The bulk of the booklet is Seven Lessons with related reflection questions and scripture passages. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Seven Lessons <ul><ul><li>Jesus Calls a Man Through the Pastor of His Soul </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become Aware of Your Personal Obstacles and Bring Them to Jesus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus Needs a Discerning Heart, not a Big Personality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trust Your Gut </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Calling Forth a Man is a Sacred Act </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide and Protect the Mystery within the Man </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discernment Happens “in Christ.” </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What to do? <ul><ul><li>Buy boxes and boxes of booklets…and have your bishop send one (or more) to every priest! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If interested, come to my workshop </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Comments? </li></ul>

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