January is here. Has your council planned for a vocations activity? It is past time to start thinking and planning the activities that your council will be nominating for the State Awards at the State Convention in April. There are many awards to be considering but let me draw your attention to one award in particular the Father McGivney Vocation Award. This is the award that recognizes the best vocation activity. What was your council’s vocation activity?
Every vocation activity shows that the council is supporting the seminarians. If your council has held a vocation activity this fraternal year, please take the time to do the paperwork to nominate the activity for the Fr. McGivney Vocation Award. Here is a suggestion; when nominating an activity include as much information as possible in the write-up, photos, newspaper clips or posters and pamphlets. The more information provided may help the project to be selected.
The form for the Fr. McGivney Vocation Award can be found by clicking on this link. http://indianakofc.org/download/forms/IN-FMV1.pdf
Print out a copy, fill out the form and send to the Vocations Chairman:
Please note: DEADLINE is February 29, 2018.
The “Thank You” notes from the seminarians are still arriving. I want to share this one with you from Spenser St. Louis (studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome).
Dear Indiana Knights of Columbus…Thank You so much for your continued support of my vocation, both financially and spiritually. Your financial assistance was the answer to a prayer and your continued prayers for each of the seminarians from our great state go beyond what we can know. Your prayers for me provide a wellspring of grace that I call upon often to help me in all my needs. God has blessed me abundantly in my life, and I count all of you and your support among those blessings. I am truly grateful for your support and encouragement of my vocation. You will be in my daily prayers and I ask for your continued prayers as the gift of ordination approaches in the next few years. In Christ, Spenser St. Louis, from the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese.
This is just one of many “Thank You” notes received. Can we get a 100% participation of the Councils this fraternal year for the SOS campaign?
Remember: SUPPORT OUR SEMINARIANS!
RSVP donations are starting to be handed out by Councils to the seminarians that they have adopted. Bishop George A. Fulcher Council 12387 of Carmel has reached out to six seminarians for a total of $500 each. Well done; keep up the good work!
Remember seminarians continually need our help. There many ways to support them: spiritually, monetarily and with communication. Birthday cards, Christmas cards or just send notes of encouragement, these mean so much to the seminarians knowing that someone cares about them and their vocation. If the occasion arises, invite them to the council for a social event. It gives the seminarians a chance to put faces with names.
Important Dates to remember:
- World Day for Consecrated Life (February 4, 2018)
- World Day of Prayer for Vocations (April 22, 2018)
- Feb. 28, 2018 – Deadline for Father McGivney State Vocation Award.
- April 20-22, 2018 – Indiana State Convention. This is the best time for Councils to turn in S.O.S. funds.
- May 5, 2018 – Race For Vocations.
- June 15, 2018 – Deadline to turn in all S.O.S. funds and forms to State Treasurer.
State Vocations Chairman
Indiana Knights of Columbus