by Fr. Timothy Armbruster, C.PP.S., Regional Vocation Director
“Trick or treat! Smell my feet! Give me something good to eat!” may not be the best Halloween trick or treat line but it certainly gets attention. We loved to go trick or treating as a family, but since we lived in the country we were limited on how many houses we could visit. My sisters and I were always begging Mom and Dad to take us to town so we could hit the good houses. As we got older, they agreed and to town we went.
Why all this talk about Halloween? This Halloween weekend, Friday, October 31st thru Sunday, November 2nd, we will host a Discernment Weekend at Precious Blood Center. The weekend is open to men age 18-45 who feel called to community and religious life. It is an opportunity for them to meet others who are discerning, as well as community members. Just as kids who learn which houses have the best candy and treats, so do we learn who among us who posses the great skills and talents to serve as a member of our Community and the Church.
I need your help! I’m asking you to extend an invitation to someone you think might be considering religious life, or better yet, let me know and I will do the inviting. Inviting someone to consider religious life may not be the easiest thing to do, but the conversation has to start somewhere.
There was always a thrill and excitement ringing the doorbell and yelling, “Trick or treat!” waiting to see who would open the door, and what kind of tasty treat was waiting for us next. There is also great excitement in welcoming new faces into our community. Who will be next?