Friday, February 3, 2017

Come & See trips

Glenmary has scheduled twelve Come & See retreats for the coming year. That means there are plenty of opportunities for someone who is discerning a vocation to join us for a weekend to; travel to a Glenmary mission, visit with Glenmary priests and brothers, meet other men who are discerning their call and spend time with us in prayer and reflection. The next opportunities will be, February 17-19 for men ages 18 to 46 and March 17-19 for men ages 15-19.

You can print these flyers to share with someone you know who might be discerning a mission vocation. Contact us if you would like more information for yourself or to share with someone you know.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

In Season

Another great thing about being in East Africa this time of year is the mango and watermelon - nothing this tasty can be found in the USA in February.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Potato Juggling

While staying at the parish, the parish priest asked us to visit the grade school. It was during this school visit, Sister found some potatoes in their pantry and I could entertain the children with a little juggling.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Kenyan Home Visits

One of my favorite parts of my trips to East Africa is the visits to the young men's homes and to get to meet their families. It has always been an honor and privilege in this position. I have learned so much from so many families. In addition, I love sharing with the family about the mission need in the United States and Glenmary's charism. So often the families are shocked to learn that there are still places in the USA without a Catholic presence. "I thought they already had everything there" I heard one mother say.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Kenya Country Roads

In addition to meeting the vocation prospects at Come & See retreat we held this past weekend in Nairobi, Fr. Bruce and I will be spending 8 days to travel to each one of their homes and meet with the men individually and their family. It is a good chance to get to know the men better and for their families to learn a little more about Glenmary.
So I will be on the road the next few days - I may not get a chance to post as much as I would like. One of the great joys is the beautiful views from the windows of the buses.

Friday, January 20, 2017

East Africa Vocation Retreat

In addition to the Glenmary Come & See retreat occurring this weekend that I mentioned in yesterday's blog, I would also like to request prayers for the six young men who were invited to attend this year's vocation retreat in Nairobi. Fr. Bruce Brylinski and I will be hosting the men for a weekend of reflections about Glenmary, prayers, sharing and interviews. These six men have been discerning with our vocation office for over a year now and have been in regular contact with our office via emails and the internet. They were selected to attend the retreat from a large group of men who had contacted our office and had expressed an interest in discerning with with us. Three of this year's group are from Kenya and three are from Uganda. Out of the six, five of them are discerning priesthood and one of them brotherhood.  As I normally do I will try to get a group photo up on the blog as soon as I can.

For those  living in East Africa, you can contact our vocation office by email for information about future vocation retreats and to start the discernment process.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Come & See 2017

I am requesting prayers for the young men who will be participating in the Come & See vocation retreat this weekend. This weekend's retreat is for young men living in the USA who are discerning their call as a Glenmary missioner. The retreat will take place in Glenmary's missions in Blakely and Cuthbert, Georgia. During the weekend they will have opportunities to visit with Glenmary priests and brothers who are serving in these missions and get a chance to pray with them as well as witness the types of ministries that Glenmary missioners do in Mission-Land, USA. 
If you are feeling called to religious life you can join us for a future Come & See retreat. We will be hosting a mission trip each month this year so there will be plenty of opportunities to attend. Contact our vocation team for more information about our upcoming trips. 513-881-7494