Religious Hold Vocation Rally at St. Mary’s Tafawa Balewa By Awiah James Songotu, FPM

*Canvasses for vocations to the priestly and religious life…

 

The male and female religious working Bauchi recently held a Vocation’s Rally on Good Shepherd Sunday to showcase their various spiritualities and also encourage young men and women to the religious life. The religious comprising of the Holy Child Jesus and Our Lady of Apostles’ Sisters as well as the Presentation Brothers and the St. Patrick’s Fathers under the “Calabash of Oneness” delegated some of their members to hold the rally at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Tafawa Balewa on 7 May 2017. High points of the rally the Good Shepherd Sunday Mass which was preside over by the Diocesan Vocation’s Director, Very Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Chorbe who reminded the faithful about the need for parents to encourage their children to join the priestly and religious life.

In their separate remarks, the various Congregations spoke to the people of God about the way of life of each congregation and their charism or apostolate.They disclosed that the basic qualification needed for admittance into any congregation, the differences between a diocesan priest and a religious priest as well as the differences between a religious brother or sister and a priest.“Marriage is also a vocation represented by couples who are wedded in the Church” they further noted.

“The religious priest, sisters and brothers passes through formation before taking the religious vows: the Evangelical Counsels and they become Consecrated Persons (those set apart for service in the church).

“And those who would like to continue to Priesthood will be ordained. This is according to the individual choices of their call. These religious priest, brothers and sisters can work anywhere in the world according to the request of their congregational leader or Provincial Superior.

“Diocesan priests go through the seminary for nine years formation in theology and philosophy and other courses before the year of ordination and their work is within the diocese but they can be sent on mission to other dioceses on request from the Bishop or other Bishops of different dioceses” they stressed.

On family life, they stated that God’s plan for marriage and the family is timeless and unchangeable noting that this plan is for the good of mankind.

They added that the vocation of every family is to become a small body of Christ on earth in the families that is, “The Church of the Home.”

Present at the celebration of the Holy Mass to promote vocations in the parish were: The Presentation Brothers (FPM), Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus (SHCJ), Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Apostles (O.L.A), the Society of African Missions (SMA), the Missionary of St. Patrick (SPS), and Missionary of African Society (MAS) known as White Fathers.