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“To enter into discernment is to resist the urge to seek the apparent relief of an immediate decision, and instead be willing to hold different options before the Lord, waiting on that overflow”

- Pope Francis 

November 2021
Message from the Director Vocations

Dear Brothers,

I hope you are doing well in your respective ministries. It was great seeing so many of you at the Priest Day back in October, and it was an important reminder of how we need to come together as brothers. Even with the struggles that we named during that meeting, there was still plenty of laughter, joy, and camaraderie. May we never lose brothers who support us in our vocations as priests! 
On Sunday, November 7th, we begin National Vocation Awareness Week. I encourage you to please integrate as many vocational elements as you can into your bulletin article, your homily, social media posts, and your messaging throughout the week. In addition to the Mundelein Centennial Celebration Holy Hours, we also have Vocation Holy Hours scheduled throughout the week at various parishes in the Archdiocese. Brothers - this is the week to share the joy of our vocation, calling men and women to discern a vocation to follow Jesus in service of the Church as priests or religious. Discernment takes time, and so does developing vocations in our parishes. We are seeing fruits with the men who are joining us, and the harvest is rich. 
We also have our biannual visit to St. John Vianney College Seminary, when we take high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to visit our college seminarians. Our next visit is Nov.18-20, so please invite high school guys whom you think would make good priests (see information below for more details).
Courage, dear brothers! Please contact my office if you need ideas or support in any way, and know of our prayers for you as you cooperate with us in raising up the next generation of priests.

National Vocation Awareness Week
November 7 - 13, 2021

We are less than one week away from the start National Vocation Awareness Week 2021.  A physical mailing will arrive at your parish this week to help aid you in the promotion and prayer for all vocations throughout the week.  In the mailing you will find the following:
  • Homily aids for each day of the week (Sunday, November 7 - Saturday, November 13)
  • Prayers intentions for prayers of the faithful
  • Chicago Seminarian 2021/22 prayer booklet
  • Chicago Seminarian "Baseball" cards
The above information and materials can also be found at our website here:

We ask each priest, during your daily Holy Hour, to follow our prayer guide for each day.  If you feel inclined, please join in with a parish hosting a Holy Hour during the week, or at least help promote the Holy Hour Schedule to your parishioners.

The more prayers we have for our current and future vocations, the better!

Archdiocese of Chicago Vocation  Events
St. John Vianney Seminary Visit - November 18-20, 2021

Please invite high school sophomores, juniors and senior men to attend this two-day adventure to tour the campus of St. Thomas University and shadow seminarians at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, MN.  This is an all-inclusive, not cost road trip and transportation is provided from two convenient pick-up/drop-off points.  

Deadline to register is November 16. For more information, event flier, and to register a young man from your parish, please visit the link below.

Vianney Visit
Who Will Fill These Shoes - December 28, 2021

We are excited to announce that "Who Will Fill These Shoes?" event will be returning to the campus of Mundelein Seminary this December.  As you continue to pray and ask the Lord for an increase priestly vocations, please consider inviting young men from your parish to attend this with you and their parents.  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. 

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.


Upcoming Events

November 7-13 - National Vocation Awareness Week
November 7 - Samuel Group (St. Alphonsus)
November 14 - Samuel Group (UIC)
November 18-20 - Vianney Visit (high school aged men)
December 4 - Quigley Days
December 28 - "Who Will Fill These Shoes?"

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