Ministry Travels
Sister Lorita Kristufek, vocation coordinator, recently returned from a month-long mission trip to Barberton, South Africa. To read about her trip, click here.

Vocation Awareness in Erie, Pa.
Vocation awareness is alive and well in the Erie Diocese, as witnessed during the Answer the Call: Lessons & Carols concert for vocations, held in December 2015 at Erie Cathedral Prep’s H. David Bowes Auditorium. More than 50 singers from Erie area parishes performed, and compositions by Erie musician Michael Malthaner were included.

Sister Roselyn Kuzma and sisters from other Erie-based communities displayed vocation materials at the entrance to the hall and encouraged attendees to pray for vocations. There were quite a few who took the Prayer of St. Francis and promised to pray and encourage young people. On the way out, people were encouraged to donate money to support young men and women discerning vocations. Everyone seemed to donate, and there were even some big bills in the basket!

Many religious, including our own Sister Kevin Berdis, attended. “The concert was heavenly and prayerful,” says Sister Roselyn.

Bishop Lawrence Persico welcomed all and asked all to pray for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life. Father Mike Polinek, diocesan vocation director, closed the program by explaining how lay people encouraged him to enter the seminary.

The sisters passed out pins to raise awareness. The sisters also have developed a kit to encourage consecrated life, and all the parishes will have it for a week. St. Boniface Catholic Church (where Sister Roselyn ministers) will have the kit the week of January 20-31. Father Mike, who often visits parishes and gives vocation presentations, spoke to St. Boniface’s religious education students on January 10. The same students heard from Father John Paul Kuzma, OFMCap, in November.

Last year, Bishop Persico developed a prayer card for vocations and sent them to all the parishes. He has asked that we continue to pray for vocations at the intercessions at Mass. “We thank God for a bishop who takes vocation work seriously,” says Sister Roselyn.

Pictured: Sister Roselyn is pictured with Sister Marian Wehler, OSB by the vocation table. 

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