Lately I have had a lot to be thankful for and have a lot of exciting things to look forward to. The greatest blessing of the recent past was the Ordination to the Diaconate for the Diocese of Buffalo. Ordained to the Transitional Diaconate were Robert Agbo, Martin Gallagher, Luke Uebler and Cole Webster. Accompanying the Transitional Deacons was John Steiner, who was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate. We look forward to the many ways that their ministry will enrich our diocese, and we pray that their positive response to God’s call will inspire all others who are called to Holy Orders.
Following the Diaconate Ordination I had the joy of meeting with my fellow vocation directors from around the U.S. and beyond at the annual convention of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD). This year we met in Boston, Massachusetts. As it was last year, it was a joy and a wonderful opportunity for me to compare notes and share fraternity with other vocation directors. I also got to experience two of the Boston “musts:” baked beans and lobster! I enjoyed every bit of it.
Looking ahead, I am very excited about the meeting of the St. Joseph’s Club on November 5th. The St. Joseph’s Club is a discernment program for high school boys who are inclined to take a closer look at the vocation of priesthood. The upcoming meeting will be the first to include a session for parents and close family members of discerners of high school age. If you are in high school and have had thoughts about priesthood, or if you are a curious parent, then don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions and meet others who are sharing your experience. Many thanks are due the members of the Serra Club of Buffalo for their assistance in making this event possible. The event will begin at 2pm in the Classroom Building of Christ the King Seminary and will end with Mass at 4pm. If interested please contact the Office of Vocations at 847-5535.
In other news, on the morning of November 5th at 8:30am I will be interviewed on the Hank Nevins show on the topic of National Vocations Awareness Week. If you are interested in hearing this, tune to 930AM WBEN. On a related note, National Vocation Awareness Week will run November 6-12, 2016. The purpose of this week is for us to acknowledge the presence of those called to priesthood, the diaconate, and consecrated life, and to enhance our prayers and support for them. This can be done in a variety of ways. All people of our diocese are encouraged to enhance their sense of responsibility for vocations in the Church in some way during this special week.
From November 14-16 the Diocese of Buffalo will be hosting the biannual meeting of the New York State (Region II) vocation directors. I am eagerly anticipating this event since our neighboring vocation directors will have an opportunity to see what our diocese has to offer. Those attending will be introduced to the community of Christ the King Seminary, will meet members of the Serra Club of Buffalo, and will enjoy some of the sights and sounds around the Buffalo area. I am confident that all present will be enriched by all of the interactions that will occur throughout their visit.
I thank you for your interest and support. Please continue your spirit-filled involvement in fostering vocations.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Andrew Lauricella