With Ms Ann-Marie Gallagher, Director of Vocations Ireland.
I spent much of the weekend at the Divine Mercy Conference at the RDS in Dublin. It brought back so many happy memories of the Eucharistic Congress from last June!
The Divine Mercy Conference drew thousands of people who gathered to listen to testimonies and talks, and attend Mass and a healing service. There was a great spirit of prayer throughout the weekend. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Rosary were prayed with great devotion. I wasn't the only Presentation Brother to attend - Brother Mark from our community in Dublin was there too.
I volunteered to help at the Vocations Ireland stand and it was great to meet people at different stages of their discernment. Many were thinking about religious life for the first time and were wondering, "where do I start?" Others seemed to have discerned that religious life was for them and were now discerning what congregation's charism was drawing them most.
The Divine Mercy motto is "Jesus, I trust in you". I was thinking of this a lot over the weekend. It has an obvious resonance for those discerning a religious vocation. We can always trust that the path which the Lord has prepared for us is the right one. We just need the guidance and the courage to follow it.
If you ever want to talk about the vocation of a religious brother, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org