A Strong Sense of Church and a Living Faith

“The care of vocations springs from a strong sense of Church and from a living faith”: this is what Bishop Mariano Crociata, Secretary-General of the Italian Episcopal Conference (cei),  stressed in his homily at the Mass which marked the beginning of the European Vocations Service's Conference, which is taking place in Rome earlier this month.

The meeting, which is sponsored by the European Vocations Service (evs), brings together seventy participants, representing the bishops and delegates for the pastoral care of vocations, from some 22 Episcopal Conferences in Europe. To these are added the delegates of religious groups from Europe and North America, which have given rise to a comparative debate on the priestly vocation today, in the light of the document of the Congregation for Catholic Education entitled “Pastoral Guidelines for the promotion of vocations to the priestly ministry” (2012).

Bishop Crociata stated: “we indeed need to defeat the temptation that is to worry over vocations, and the decrease in the number of clergy, from a social and secularised context”. The bishop added that “all of the appropriate sociological and cultural considerations, as well as the psychological ones, should be kept in mind, but the care of vocations springs from a strong sense of Church and from a living faith. It is not the fear of gradually decreasing – he clarified – but the certainty of God's presence, of his persistent call and the strength of his convincing appeal, that is at the base of an authentic pastoral care of vocations”.




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