Vocation Director’s View (VDV)
Vocation Director’s View (VDV)
What have we been up to? Rather what haven’t we been up to. You’ll be amazed what we do to help our young people find their vocation! This summer was incredible! We ordained, now Fr. Barry Ruewsaat, five transitional deacons, and on Sept 29th Joseph Scholten will be ordained to the transitional diaconate in Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica. After this six seminarians and I put on our 2nd Annual Vocations Camp at Abbey of the Hills in Marvin, SD. We expanded to two camps and doubled our numbers to 40! We shot arrows and had Mass, kayaked and made confession, flew drones and prayed the Rosary, and so much more! It was a huge success. Then we went immediately to Big Stone Lake for the Bishop’s Fishing Tournament and Lake Oahe the next week and fished to help raise funds for seminarian education.
Speaking of funds, this year we have over 30 seminarians the most in many decades. To support them, our office, along with the Knights of Columbus, undertook a project of great magnitude. We started a Car Show for seminarian education. It was on July 16th, and for the first year it was fantastic. We had the show in the morning with around 100 cars, a blessing of the cars by the bishop, an Apostolic Mission (aka poker run), then we had a seminarian trike race, inflatables for the kids, a silent auction, a $5,000 raffle, and a special Sunday Mass. It was a big undertaking to say the least, which we held up at O’Gorman High School, and it was wonderful. We had 75 volunteers and over 1,000 people who attended throughout the day and we raised over $15,000. The best part of all was the community of the Body of Christ, the people. It was really a block party for the Catholic Church.
Then in early August it was off to the Colorado Rockies. Six seminarians, one doctor, a man living the generous single life, Fr. Jordan Samson and myself all led a group of 40 men into the Rockies camping for a week. We learned about seminary by staying two nights in Denver at St. John Vianney Seminary, where Fr. Scott Traynor is the rector. We prayed all the prayers a priest would say everyday long with doing a lot of fun activates. We had daily Mass, Confession, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, and Holy Hour daily. The seminarians each gave a talk about finding their vocation and sharing their own struggle. We went white water rafting down the Arkansas River, climbed the towering Mt. Princeton, zip lined over canyons, and camped each night in heart of the Rockies. In the midst of it all we found God in the sacraments, personal prayer, and in one another. We learned brotherhood and who we are through others. When we returned the summer was done, and all seminarians, including the bishop, and myself gathered at Broom Tree Retreat Center for the annual three day gathering to relax, and welcome the five new seminarians. The men gathered from all their summer assignments serving in the parishes, Totus Tuus, or from growing through spiritual programs such as the Institute for Priestly Formation, or a 30 day silent retreat. Exhausted and thankful we gathered, all 31 of us together as brothers and disciples of the Lord. It was a blest time indeed.
Now school has started and the seminarians are gone in school. We have: Thirteen at St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Eight at St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, MN, Four at Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, CT, Three at the North American College in Rome, Italy, Two at Immaculate Heat of Mary Seminary in Winona, MN and One at St. John XXIII seminary in Weston, MA. Though in school they still think and pray for all of us back home, and they long for the days to be back and God willing be ordained to serve our diocese.
Lastly, vocations don’t ever stop. God continues to call and so we have many upcoming opportunities to help our young men discern their vocation. Come and check them out.
Operation Andrew Dinners: Oct 10th @ SDSU, Oct 11th @ DSU, Oct 19th @ NSU, Oct 16th @ USF/Augustana, Oct 20th @ USD
Seminary Visits: St. John Vianney Seminary Nov 17th-19th & Immaculate Heart of Mary Oct 28th-30th
Check us out on Facebook too “Diocese of Sioux Falls Vocations Office”
Fr. Shaun Haggerty
Vocation Director of the Diocese of Sioux Falls
If you are thinking about the priesthood, have questions, or want to visit the seminary please email me: email@example.com
Upcoming Fall Events 2016
click below for details at your location
SDSU Pope Pius XII Newman Center in Brookings, SD
Mon Oct 10th @ 5:30-7:30 p.m.
DSU Newman Club in Madison, SD
Tues Oct 11th @ 7- 8p.m.
NSU St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Aberdeen, SD
Wed Oct 19th @ 5-7p.m.
USD St. Thomas MOre Newman Center in Vermillion, SD
Thurs Oct 20th @ 5:15-7:15 p.m.
St. John Vianney Seminary
At the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN
Nov 17th-19th 2016
Immaculate Heat of Mary Seminary
At St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona, MN
Oct 28th-30th 2016
Lord give me the gift of a generous heart to follow Your will as I journey the path of life. You set before me the voctions of priesthood, diaconate, religious life, generous single life and marriage. Grant me the grace and generosity I need to answer Your call.
By offering this prayer from your heart, wherever your path leads, whatever vocation you choose, you will help build a great Church for tomorrow.