Sunday, May 7, 2017

Vocation Sunday 2017

As today is Vocation Sunday I thought it would be timely to share some good news from one of our Children's Rosary groups in Nigeria. This Children's Rosary group formed after we meet the Pastor, Fr. Paul, at the World Meeting of Families in 2015.  Returning home to his parish in Northern Nigeria, he began a Children's Rosary prayer group. The group chose to meet twice a week. He shared with me that the Children's Rosary became a shining light in his Diocese. Whenever there was an event the children would go and lead a Rosary. Someone seeing the children leading the prayers offered to make a donation for uniforms to be made which you see in this picture. 

Fr. Paul was selected from his Diocese to go to Rome in September 2016 to obtain a Masters in Evangelization.  As he was leaving the parish, one of the girls who was helping with the Children's Rosary group decided to enter the convent. She entered in the fall of 2016.  The Children's Rosary group continued after Fr. Paul left for Rome. One of the boys who has been helping to organize the group recently shared he is now interested in entering the seminary.  So there is much to be grateful for with such good news. Two beautiful vocations to the religious life have taken root in this Children's Rosary group.

Sometimes people ask what are the fruits of having a Children's Rosary prayer group. One fruit which we have seen not only in this group but others is vocations. Other fruits have been evangelization, peace, return to prayer of the children and those around them, rebuilding of the Church physically and spiritually. Indeed we have seen abundant graces flowing.  On this Vocation Sunday, I would like to thank in a special way God the Father for calling these souls to a life of prayer and service through priesthood and religious life.  

Don't forget to unify prayers with the children during their meetings. This group meets each Wednesday and Saturday at 7PM. A schedule of meetings is present on our website. By clicking "Join in Prayer" you can add your gold flashing light to our View from Heaven map.

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