Candidate Hoa Vu Graduates from Dominican Institute of Theology

2019-01-22T13:09:03-05:00January 22nd, 2019|Vocation, Weekly Wine Press|

Congratulations to Hoa Vincent Vu for graduating from the Dominican Institute of Theology in Saigon with a degree in theological studies. What a joy it was for Hoa to see the professors who taught him over the six years that he was at the school witness his receiving his certificate of achievement as he walked [...]

National Vocation Awareness Week 2018

2018-10-28T08:53:28-05:00October 27th, 2018|Vocation, Weekly Wine Press|

“Let us serve God with holy joy.” ~St. Gaspar del Bufalo Sunday, November 4 marks the beginning of National Vocation Awareness Week (Nov 4-10, 2018).  It is an annual week-long celebration promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life. As we each are called to reflect upon our own vocation and ministry in our lives, I [...]

Lenten Discernment Retreat

2018-03-19T11:59:12-05:00March 18th, 2018|Vocation, Weekly Wine Press|

By Timothy Armbruster, C.PP.S. “Sometimes the most difficult person to forgive is ourselves,” was one of the many thoughts that were shared and reflected upon during this year’s Lenten Discernment Weekend, March 16-18 at Drexel Square Formation House in Chicago. Sr. Donna Liette, C.PP.S., Br. Juan Acuña, C.PP.S., and Fr. Dennis Chriszt, C.PP.S., shared and [...]

Daring Disciples Deliver

2018-03-19T12:00:15-05:00March 18th, 2018|Vocation, Weekly Wine Press|

By Timothy Armbruster, C.PP.S. The "Daring Disciples" of St. Francis Xavier Parish in St. Joseph did indeed Deliver!  On March 12-15, students in grades 1-8 participate in this year's Lenten Retreat led by Fr. Timothy Armbruster. Our retreat theme captured both the school theme of "Daring Disciples Deliver" as well as the parish theme of [...]

Vocations in Chicago

2018-01-07T21:37:52-05:00January 7th, 2018|Vocation, Weekly Wine Press|

It might not have been my first choice of where to spend New Year's, but Chicago was home for the first days of the New Year.  This year, Fr. Steve dos Santos, Srs Patti Kramer, C.PP.S.,  Karen Elliot, C.PP.S.,  Therese Wetta, ASC, and myself were on hand to spend the week with college students at [...]

National Vocation Awareness Week, November 5-11, 2017

2017-10-29T13:26:55-05:00October 29th, 2017|Vocation, Weekly Wine Press|

By Timothy Armbruster, C.PP.S., Vocation Director National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to ordained ministry and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. Observance [...]

Painting Peace Poles in Chicago

2017-08-17T14:33:03-05:00August 17th, 2017|Vocation, Weekly Wine Press|

“The boards are primed and are ready to be painted,” were the only words of instruction given to us to paint one of the Peace Poles at PBMR.  During the Vocation Mission/Discernment week that Fr. Steve Dos Santos and I hosted we had the opportunity to experience many different activities of the Center.  Over the past [...]

Lenten Retreat–Gathering around the campfire

2017-04-14T16:14:53-05:00April 14th, 2017|Vocation, Weekly Wine Press|

By Timothy Armbruster, Vocation Director "Living Like Jesus" is the theme chosen for this year's Catholic School theme.  Both St Francis Xavier School, in St. Joseph, as well as St. James Catholic School, in Liberty, have been working with this theme for the school year.  In keeping with this theme, this year's Lenten retreat focused [...]

Sacred Heart 8th Grade Mission Trip

2017-04-14T15:34:19-05:00April 14th, 2017|Vocation, Weekly Wine Press|

By Timothy Armbruster, Vocation Director After 3 days of various service and community building activities, the Sacred Heart 8th Grade Mission trip wrapped up with Mass on the Labyrinth.  It was a beautiful spring morning to be gathered outside.  Our mass was celebrated in thanksgiving for the wonderful week of service and a chance to [...]