DAVAO City, Sept. 10, 2015—As the Archdiocese of Davao marks the month of vocations this September, priests and religious serving the archdiocese are exhorting young men and women to consider the religious life.
During the celebration of the birthday of the Blessed Mother, Sept. 8, priests and religious men and women visited the San Pedro College here, a school administered by the Dominican Sisters of the Trinity, to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and to campaign for vocations.
“Your presence here is a blessing to us,” said Sr. Annabelle Roña, OP, the school president.
Different religious congregations present in Davao and the diocesan clergy handled the vocation symposia for college men and women in different venues inside the school.
They explained the three different vocations God has given, namely: married life, single blessedness, and priesthood or consecrated life wherein the last one is where priests and religious men and women belong.
“Our vocation campaign is intended to create awareness among young men and women about the beauty of choosing priesthood and religious life as a vocation. We cannot tell right away what vocation they really want to choose,” said Sr. Amor Ungab, TDM, vocation directress of the Teresian Daughters of Mary.
She added that in their vocation campaigns done in different parts of the archdiocese made her realize that young people are really curious about their vocation, revealing their questions focused on their respective experiences as young men and women searching for God.
“God is calling all of us. I am sure God is calling you. All you have to do is answer His call,” said Fr. Elvie Bordios, coordinator of St. Francis Xavier Pre-College Seminary in Ulas, Davao City, who is also the president of the Directors of Vocation in the Philippines (DVP)-Davao Chapter.
“This is my second time to attend a vocation symposium and I am happy to learn about their works and their vows. In high school, I only got to see a single congregation and now, there are many of them who introduced their lives as religious men,” said Vicente Maduay III, a medical student of San Pedro College.
He said though he still “cannot see himself” becoming a seminarian some day, he is not closing his doors and he is just waiting for God’s prompting.
“Maybe I will just concentrate in my studies. Who knows maybe after I graduate, I might know what my calling in life is,” Maduay ended. (John Frances C. Fuentes / CBCP News)