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December 2021
Archdiocese of Chicago Vocation  Events
**For more information on upcoming events, please see below**

December 4 - Quigley Days
December 28 - "Who Will Fill These Shoes?"
December - January - Totus Tuus Parish Registration Open (or until all spots filled)
January 5-8, 2022 - Young Men's Silent Winter Retreat
Message from the Director Chicago Seminarians

Dear Brothers,
As we enter this blessed season of Advent, a few words come back to me every year.
Hope  The image of the pregnant Mary stirs up my own expectation of the Savior’s coming into my heart each day.  Advent reminds us that Jesus comes towards us, full of his desire for us.  A central question to which we return again and again in vocation ministry is: “What is God’s desire for your life?”  God has not made us for nothing; rather, we are made to offer ourselves back again to our Creator.  The only question is how we will do this.  We stir up hope each year that more young men will respond to the Lord’s call to priesthood.
Poverty  I cannot look at the Nativity scene without thinking of the poverty of Christ.  “Although he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor 8:9).  The simple way in which Jesus entered our humanity challenges us to live in like manner.  The thought of becoming materially poor terrifies most of us (and rightly so!).  Likewise, the call to celibacy often seems to be an impoverishment of love and human relationships.  The witness of priests and religious who have lived their commitments for many years testifies to us of the riches God wishes to pour out on those who have space in their hearts and lives to receive!
Gift  The Church talks about vocations (all of them) as ways for us to make a gift of ourselves.   The Second Vatican Council reminded us beautifully that “man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself” (Gaudium et spes 24).  At Christmas, we receive the gift of God himself, who takes on our humanity and makes his home with us.  The call to priesthood invites men, in a powerful way, to share in solidarity with their brothers and sisters and to offer their lives for others.  In my own work with candidates for the priesthood, I have always found generosity to be the principal virtue required for hearing God’s will and following where it leads.
God bless you, your families, and your parishes this Advent and Christmas.
Fr. Tom

The final Quigley Days event of 2021 is coming up this Saturday, December 4.  Please invite high school aged young men from your parish to join us for this fun outdoor hiking, celebration of Mass and fraternity.  Sign-up available at tab below.
Quigley Days Registration
Who Will Fill These Shoes - December 28, 2021

As we enter December, we ask for your assistance to invite young men from your parish to "Who Will Fill These Shoes?" event as it returns to the campus of Mundelein Seminary.  Who Will Fill These Shoes is an opportunity for a young man and his parents to witness other young men who are also open and courageous to listen to Jesus' calling.  The night includes time with Chicago Seminarians from both Mundelein Seminary and St. John Vianney College Seminary and priests from around the Archdiocese which will allow them to freely and openly ask questions  of doubts, concerns or ideas.  Of course Mass will be celebrated to start our evening and dinner will be served following. 

Brother priests, please not only invite young men and their parents, but please sign-up and join your potential discerner on this joyful evening of prayer, community and worship.

To register a young man, his parents and yourself for the evening, please visit the following link.

Who Will Fill These Shoes Registration
Please utilize the below videos to help promote Who Will Fill These Shoes at your parish.  Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (parish and personal pages) will only help encourage young men and parents to attend and consider the priesthood.



Host Parish Registration open to all Parishes.  Host spots are filling fast, so don't wait until it's too late!  For more information on the program and for registration information please visit our website by clicking on the tab below or email [email protected] to learn more!

Registration will remain open until we fill our projected host spots!
Totus Tuus Parish Registration
Young Men's Silent Retreat Registration

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