Greetings from Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. This is James Wallace, your friendly seminarian (calling on everyone to indulge Lent). It’s been such a long while since I’ve seen some of you, and boy do I miss the Diocese.
As many of you know, I’ve been in seminary for 3 years now, with another 3 years to go – it’s 1st theology this year. What a blessing it has been. Chicago is one of the largest Catholic populations in any metropolitan area – sometimes over 40% — and it has been fascinating to see young populations of the faithful that are vibrant, passionate, well-educated, and dedicating their lives to the Church. We’re truly witnessing a Catholic renaissance throughout the United States and abroad – most seminarians are between ages 18 – 27, so this should please all of us to hear! We’re coming into the seminary and convents in droves, and we’re pleased to inform you that your prayers have worked. You have kept us alive during these periods of spiritual drought, and your continued prayers will bring more priests and sisters to the Diocese of Juneau. I promise you that’s how I came there. Your prayers are working, so during this Lenten Season, please consider praying fervently for more vocations to the Diocese of Juneau.
The word “Vocation,” is a derivative of the Latin word, “Vocare,” and it means “to call.” Young men and women, I’m pleased to say, are responding to that call with vigor and relentless pursuit, so we are blessed to have you as sponsors in the home Diocese.
Perhaps this Lent has a very special significance for us in 2017: in a sense, it’s a great period of waiting. We are waiting for the King, for a Savior, but also we are waiting for a Bishop and for vocations. We are prayerfully united, and beseeching the Lord for guidance and help. Let our prayers rise together, brothers and sisters, for the Gospel says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matt 7:7). God Bless You, Diocese of Juneau!