with the news of the establishment of a new community in the Philippines,
we here in America also follow our recent congregation efforts in
Nigeria where we have 20 students studying at the Claretian Seminary.
Shortly one of our priests from India, Fr. Prasad Antony Mattathinkarayil
will be leaving to join the students, hopefully to form a Nigerian
community. I know you join us in praying that these new endeavors
bring forth vocations for our congregation. I also work for
vocations here in the United States and within the past year we
have been so blessed to see more interest and potential candidates.
These are very difficult times for all religious congregations
in the-search for viable vocations. The world and its values
challenge us constantly. In this Newsletter our Prayer for
Vocations has been included .... I hope you will join us in
prayer not just for new vocations but for our current seminarians
around the world. May the Hearts of Jesus and Mary guide,
protect and strengthen their commitment to prepare to serve God
and His family on earth.
May the peace and
love of Christ fill your hearts,
Father Bob McDade, M.SS.CC.