Thursday, April 28, 2011

Crosier Vocations: An Open Letter

The Crosier Province will meet in Provincial Assembly and Chapter at Onamia MN from June 5 - 17, 2011, with the theme "Living Foundations . . . These Stones Will Shout."  The Assembly will be an opportunity for all the members of the Province to pray and speak with one another about the challenges and blessings of the last ten years in the "Decade of Transformation" and through the implementation of "Vision 2010."  The Assembly will use a method of reflection called C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E, inspired by the Confessions of St. Augustine.   The Provincial Chapter, whose task is to give direction to the next three years of Crosier life in the U.S., will focus on discerning the best strategies for continuing the renewal of Crosier life.  A critical area that will be under consideration is the recruitment and formation of candidates. 

The vocation scene in the Church and in our country is evolving.  Vocations are out there.  It is important for us to be in touch with the aspirations and sensibilities of men today who are exploring a call to religious life, a call to Crosier life.  There is always room for confidence in an Order that was once reduced to four old members in two communities in Holland in the mid-1800's. 

As a contribution to the discussion, I wrote an article called "An Open Letter to the Crosiers from Your Potential Candidate."  It is based on what I have heard about the potential candidate today and what I imagine is going on in his heart and mind.  If you would like to read the "Open Letter," please click on the following link:  Open Letter

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