“If you’ve ever been to a Steubenville conference, you know we are never really finished.”

Father Dave Pivonka said this today at the end of Mass. Father was referring to the opportunity to come forward if any of the teens felt God might be calling them to religious life. However, isn’t this true in a different capacity? We are never really finished. While we may load up on the buses and head back to our assorted homes and parishes, the call to our vocation and to holiness is ever beckoning. No matter what our vocation is, we should all continue everyday to answer that call, whether to married, single, or religious life.

Father Dave called out to both men and women, asking to come forward if they’ve felt even a slight stirring in their heart toward a vocation to priesthood or religious life. As the crowd prayed over the young men and women who came forward, we really felt God’s presence radiating throughout the arena.

So, how do we continually answer that call? Talk with your family. Fr. Dave, when talking about his vocation and his parents, said, “My vocation came from the fruit of their love.” Be open and ask questions.

Another great way to continually answer this call is daily prayer. What better way to figure out your vocation than to ask the One who bestows it on you? Also, talk to your local religious. They have gone through the same feelings and discernment that you have, so they are a great resource for any questions, spiritual guidance, and prayer requests.

Let’s keep all the priests and religious in our prayers, and be assured that you are in their prayers.

Written by Kelsey Rohman
Hi everyone! I am a junior at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas studying Psychology and Theology. My five main loves are Jesus, St. Louis sports (Go Cardinals and Blues!), my pets, sleep, and coffee! I'm from St. Louis and am a part of All Souls Parish in Overland.