How do you know when God is really calling you? Director of Vocations Father Joe Kim posed this question to students at Saint Victor School on Vocations Day during Catholic Schools Week. He was joined by a distinguished panel made up of the parish pastor Father Mark Gazzingan, Father Peter Seimas, Father Vincent Dang, Sister Sara Michael, Sister Marie Hopp, as well as Seminarians Victor Trinidad, John Hoang, and Michael Scott. Each shared their vocation story. The panelists engaged the audience of kindergarteners to eighth graders with humor and grace. Father Joe even awarded a lucky student with a basketball autographed by the panelists and two bishops.
Father Joe Kim challenged Saint Victor School to consider their vocations. From the panelists, students learned that they can be called as early as third grade, that recognizing God’s call takes years of daily prayer and discernment, and that vocations develop in strong families and among friends committed to encouraging each other. To stress the important role of faith communities, Seminarian Victor Trinidad (Class of 2000) invited students to look around their class and point to the one classmate they believed would make a great priest or religious sister someday.
“Pray for this person every day,” he instructed afterwards. As students took an excited look around their class, they were reminded that anyone can consider vocations and that everybody needs support. “Don’t make a major decision alone,” Father Joe advised. “Whether it be marriage or consecrated life.”