Help kids find their ‘calling’ – priest to parents

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A seminarian urges the young to listen to God's call in a vocation promotion session being conducted by the Archdiocese of Palo's Commission of Vocation. (Photo: Fr. Manny P. Baybay Jr.)

PALO, Leyte, Sept. 24, 2015 – Parents aren’t just supposed to look after their children’s immediate needs like food and shelter, they should also be their kids’ first spiritual directors, encouraging them to be open to whatever vocation they may be called to.

“Parents could also help by leading Christian lives and aid their young to pay attention to the invitation God and keep their commitment to such [a] call, especially in these times that people are becoming very materialistic,” explained Palo Archdiocesan Director for Vocation Fr. Manuel Baybay Jr., who admitted his office’s great challenge is to develop the “culture of promoting vocation.”

This, the priest said, is also the challenge of the entire Church and the community.

From Sept. 14 to 18, the Commission on Vocation of the Archdiocese of Palo, led by Baybay, went around the seven vicariates in its jurisdiction to campaign for priestly and religious vocations.

During this period, priests, seminarians, and religious sisters from various congregations shared during the Sunday Masses and went around Catholic schools to talk about their vocations.

“No one is born a priest. It takes a good community to raise a priest, from families who pray together, to priests who model Jesus’ loving service and to parishioners who inspire one another in faith and love,” said Goldie Kenn Zabala, part of a team of seminarians which is campaigning for priestly vocations among the Palo youth.

Zabala is also one of the St. John the Evangelist School of Theology seminarians who survived super typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8, 2013 and actively served during the papal visit in January this year.

To further intensity the vocations campaign, a lay vocation promoters seminar was held here on Sept. 19. A vocation jamboree will also be held on Sept. 30. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros / CBCP News)


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