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Matthew H. Clark Matthew H. Clark

June is rife with vocations activities

On the evening of June 10 at St. Patrick’s Parish Center in Victor, our diocesan vocations office sponsored a dinner to encourage men who may have some interest in a vocation to the priesthood.


Father Tim Horan and Carol Dady sent a notice to our priests and pastoral ministers encouraging them to invite — and to accompany — to the dinner individuals in whom they observe gifts and habits of life that indicate that they might be well-suited to become priests.

We invited Father Joe O’Connor, vocation director for the Diocese of Syracuse, to be the speaker at the event. By all accounts, he is well-gifted for his ministry and a wonderful speaker. I looked forward to hearing him, and was confident that he would be of great help and encouragement to those who attended.

We had expected 35 priests and pastoral ministers and 52 men who have some interest in priesthood. I want to thank Father Tim and Carol for their initiative, and the Knights of Columbus who have generously offered to underwrite, prepare and serve the meal.

To the above, let me add other vocation-related notes:

1) This week some of our priests are on retreat at Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua. Bishop David Zubik of the Diocese of Pittsburgh is directing the retreat this year. I joined the group yesterday for prayer, the evening meal and one of the bishop’s talks. Having heard him, I understand full well why the priests on retreat have received Bishop Zubik with such enthusiasm. We are truly blessed to have him with us as we come to this end of this Year For Priests.

I was deeply impressed by Bishop David last evening. His message was important and well-expressed; the spirit in which he offered it was gracious and most inviting.

2) Next week I will be travelling to St. Petersburg, Fla., for the spring meeting of the USCCB. As happens every three or four years, this meeting will not be a business meeting but will be a time of enrichment, prayer and fraternity among the bishops.

I am delighted that this year we gather around the topic of "The Bishop and the Presbyterate," a theme close to all of our hearts, and one in which we always seek greater growth.

3) On June 22 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, we will celebrate a festive liturgy marking thee special events: the Feast of St. John Fisher, the patron saint of our diocese; the anniversaries of our priests celebrating 25 and 50 years of ordination; and the closure of our diocesan celebration of the Year for Priests.

On the occasion of this special day, we will be honored to welcome Archbishop Timothy Dolan for his first visit to Rochester since his installation as the Archbishop of New York. Archbishop Dolan will preach at the liturgy that day and join the priests for our annual jubilee luncheon.

Please pray for vocations to the priesthood. And please pray for us who are priests. Thank you.

Peace to all.

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