Montreal, Canada, Feb 12, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The annual mass and evening of prayer for vocations for the English region of the Archdiocese of Montreal drew about 200 to the chapel of Grand Seminary, Feb. 11. Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Mancini celebrated the mass and gave one seminarian the Rite of Admission.
“We do not have many who are ready and willing to say to the Lord: ‘Send me’,” said Bishop Mancini in his homily. “And there are all kinds of reasons for that. Maybe because the life we are asked to undertake is hard. Maybe because it does not bring much in the way of affirmation and public support.
“Being a priest is often viewed as being meaningless,” continued the vicar-general. “For those of us gathered here tonight in this chapel, this willingness [of our seminarian] to follow the Lord is a grace that we receive.
“We know that ministry in this world can only be done by persons who have great conviction and great hope,” he said. “We pray, and we must pray, if we want individual hearts to be open to the will of God to answer the community’s need, I dare say cry, to be served.”