ROCHESTER — In Carol Dady’s opinion, identifying factors for the priesthood shouldn’t be limited to what she calls “the obvious ones” — no sex, no married priests, no female priests.
Rather, Dady says, the joys of priestly life must be trumpeted more often. Bringing this about is one of her top goals as the new diocesan coordinator of priesthood vocations awareness and discernment.
Dady, 47, began her position April 1. She joins a vocations-awareness team that also includes Father Timothy Horan, director of priesthood vocations awareness and discernment; Father William Donnelly, rector of Becket Hall, the diocesan residence for those discerning a priestly vocation; and Father James Schwartz, director of seminarians.
“We all need to be enlightened and educated about what a life to the Lord really is,” Dady said. Yet, she added, “You don’t often hear it spoken from the pulpit. Or in the media, except when it’s negative.”
She said it’s crucial for priests to promote their vocation: “They’ve got to be giving examples of what it’s like to be a happily ordained priest. They will have to be the ones to share their vocations stories,” she stated. A positive example is “24 Hours With the Lord,” an overnight program in which several diocesan priests speak with young men interested in the priesthood. The event is built into priest ordination weekend, which is June 12 this year.
Dady added that parents and grandparents, also, should raise the possibility of a religious life with young people.
Dady will work primarily out of Becket, located at 314 Gregory St. in Rochester next to St. Boniface Church. Although her position is newly created, it bears resemblance to that of Patricia Finnerty, who held the title of diocesan director of vocations awareness from 1999 to 2003.
Dady is a longtime parishioner of Holy Rosary in Rochester, and has been active in several volunteer capacities there. She had served the past 12 years as administrative assistant in cardiac rehabilitation at Rochester General Hospital. She and her husband, John — a member of the popular Dady Brothers musical group — are the parents of six children (one deceased).