Dear Rockford Vincentians,
A beautiful day was enjoyed by all who attended
the 2019 Annual Vincentian Festival. It was a
day of special indulgences and a day to share
the Eucharistic Celebration, spiritual growth, and fellowship with our Rockford Vincentians.
A special thank you for Bishop David Malloy, Father Manno, Deacon Jim Dombek, and Deacon Steve Pulkrabek for the beautiful celebration of Mass and to St. Mary/Christ the Teacher for hosting all 115 Vincentians from around the diocese for the second consecutive year. Also, thank you to the priests who gave us the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation, Father Sarmiento and Father Adrian. Together, we also remembered all of those faithful Vincentians who have gone before us to the Lord with a special memorial table set up by Liz Karkowski and Nancy Jung.
We continued our formation journey with the sharing of Conference Spirituality, presented by Sunnie Lain, Director of Conferences and Service Learning in Cincinnati, Ohio. This retreat allowed us to contemplate on the spirituality of the home visit and provided us some tangible examples of how we can weave reflections of our home visits into our conference meetings.
What touched me the most and something I have been reflecting on all week is that our call to the society is a vocation or a call from God. Compared to a volunteer which is a call from other people. This vocation is something I am, not something I just do. This vocation fulfills a need to serve God.
Vocation is something I am. Volunteering is something I do.
Serving is my vocation. It has changed me on how I think about life and the world.
I welcome your feedback on what the day meant to you and any ideas for our 2020 festival.
Your Servant Leader,