MANILA, Nov. 26, 2013—Around 5,000 young people from different schools, communities, parishes, religious congregations and dioceses in Metro Manila gathered at the Rogationist College in Silang Cavite for the 8th Vocation Festival of the Diocese of Imus, November 16-17.
Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista in his homily pointed out to participants four focal points of faith and vocation in order to realize God’s plan for humanity and to each person amid calamities that struck the country recently.
“I encourage you to never falter in doing good, that humanity is in constant trials and hurdles. Always pray, and keep the faith,” Evangelista, who is chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Vocations, said.
In a chance interview, Bishop Evangelista highlighted God’s call on every person to grow in holiness.
“Holiness is not exclusive to priests and religious, it is rather a call to each one, most especially to those in married life, the youth and basically everyone. Events such as this have to be taken as an invitation to open our hearts and minds to the will of God,” the bishop added.
Evangelista also emphasized that the response to the call to consecrated life may take time but gatherings such as vocation festivals is an essential preparation tool for a person who is called to the priesthood, married life and or consecrated life.
Fr. Danny Montaña, RCJ, shared his vocation story to the participants.
At least 40 religious congregations were present during the 2-day activity wherein they promoted their respective communities.
The vocation festival was spearheaded by the Diocese of Imus together with the Rogationist College-Silang. (Guillian Geronimo/YPNews)