The Province got two invitations to two separate vocation fairs at two separate catholic high schools in south LA. I went to both, Mary Star of the Sea in San Pedro HS last week, and Juniperro Serra HS in Gardena today.
I may have been asked because I was young, I may have been asked because I do youth ministry. I may have been asked because I know LA, and need an excuse to hang out with my dad (who is on the other side of LA), I may have been asked because I do hip hop. I never went expecting to actually get vocations.
There seems to be a format. Vocation Directors bring cards, pamphlets, posterboards, and set up around a table, where people can talk. I had a totally different approach, maybe I am too cynical to trust that I can win anybody else, or something… In all honesty, all I wanted to do was plant the seed, and let them know that a Religious Vocation is so way different then what they have ever dreamed.
From the perspective of our friars, average high school teens who we have never met are not a lucrative field for serious vocations to our order. We don’t want people to fill our ranks and positions, we want people to share our life with. Who knows a relationship could begin.
Anyways, I brought my amp, I brought my mic, and I brought my beats. I straight rocked the mic for Jesus, and told them my advice about vocations.
I laid down our charism, and some of my discernment story. If I were to have an effect, at least I would hope they know God has a plan for them, and considering what God wants when they map their life.
And maybe a few might just want to consider a religious vocation, because it is so much more wonderful then they conceived.
I will still have more comments about this during the week.