National Vocation Awareness Week - January 13 - 19, 2013
The observance of National Vocation Awareness Week began in 1976 when the National Conference of Catholic Bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year as the beginning of National Vocation Awareness Week. In 1997 this celebration was moved to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which marks Jesus’ initiation into public ministry. At his baptism Jesus is named the Beloved Son of God. With this celebration we recommit ourselves to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Initiated through our baptism we too are commissioned to proclaim Good News with our lives.
Bishop's Discernment Dinner
The Bishop’s Discernment Dinner has replaced the "Bishop's Vocation Dinner". The evening begins with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. While members of the Serra Club adore the Blessed Sacrament and pray for vocations in our diocese, a meal in the parish hall is served. After the meal, Bishop Gainer talks on discernment followed by a Q&A session with the bishop. After the Q&A, everyone moves back into the church for Benediction.
This event is open to men and women discerning their vocation in life.
Bishop's Summer Cookout - June 5, 2012
Interested in learning more about a Vocation to the Priesthood? Come and join Bishop Gainer along with the seminarians and many priests from our diocese for an evening of food, fellowship and faith. The Knights of Columbus will be grilling.
This event is open to men discerning a call to the priesthood. Registration is required.
The Office of Vocations hosts an annual seminarian convocation at Cliffview Retreat Center.
"Mary, Mother of Vocations" Diocesan Conference - August 4, 2012Each year in August, the Office of Vocations sponsors the "Mary, Mother of Vocations", Diocesan Conference. This conference gathers those in the Diocese who support vocations. This conference is open to all, however it is designed for those who want to help promote vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. We encourage priests, deacons, religious women and men, along with the laity to attend. A highlight of the conference is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated by Bishop Gainer. There is also a workshop on "Creating a Culture of Vocations".
Vendor / Display Booths: Local organizations and Religious Orders that support vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life will have a table with information.
This event is open to everyone who supports vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Bishop's I Chose You Dinner - December 17, 2012The Bishop’s I Chose You Dinner is an annual event held during Christmas break. Men who are seriously discerning their call to the priesthood for the Diocese of Lexington are invited to Bishop Gainer’s residence for an evening of conversation and dinner with the Bishop. In addition to remarks made by Bishop Gainer, diocesan seminarians are invited to share their vocation story and answer questions about seminary life.
This event is by invitation only.