Spiritans Reflect on their Vocations
"Listen to the spirit speaking within you and through the Church. It's the spirit who enkindles your passion for service and for relationship with God in love. To follow the spirit means to grow in love; to grow in love means to become free." -- Father Don Nesti, former Chaplain to Lay Associates, currrently Director of the Center for Faith and Culture, University of St. Thomas
"A good way to discern if this is the vocation for you is to find your gifts, put them into the hands of God, and see where God leads you. For me, what a great journey it has been so far!" -- Brother Michael Suazo
"A vocation is not a 'job', nor is it even a profession. It is very personal, defining who you are and uniting every aspect of your being. It gives focus to your life." -- Father Christopher Promis
A stanza from 'Two Tramps in Mud Time' by Robert Frost speaks to Fr. Promis' belief about his vocation:
But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever done
For Heaven and the future's stakes.
"I always wanted to be a priest, but circumstances intervened again and again. I had an offer to work as a reporter for the New York Daily News. I was also offered a place at the Spiritan seminary. On my way to the train station to leave for the seminary, I was still unsure. I knew I could do the work at the News. I wasn't sure about the seminary. A workman at the station told me of his own decision not to attend the seminary, saying, 'I threw my vocation away.' I knew immediately that he was sent to me. From that moment to this day more than 60 years later, I have never had a doubt about my vocation." -- Spiritan Fr. Charles J. Coffey
"The Spiritan life is a challenging, fulfilling life of solidarity and service to the poor. My experience of ministry and community life has been one of tremendous opportunities of growth and discovery of the movement of God's Spirit in my life. I have been tremendously blessed with great experiences which have enriched my life in more ways than I could ever express in words." -- Father Jeff Duaime, President of Holy Ghost Prep
"I entered the Spiritan junior seminary at the age of 13. My first experience was marked by fascination with the faculty's sharing of their mission experience. I also remember how the Spiritan faculty gathered early in the morning for prayer together. They communicated a prayerful spirit that influenced me greatly at an early age. The bonds that were created with fellow candidates were very important; being a member of a 'band of brothers' has greatly enriched my life." -- Father Norm Bevan