The Paulinian college students convened at the Our Lady of Chartres Chapel for a Vocation Session, spearheaded by the Christian Formation Office, on October 29, 2019.
Rev. Father Dennis Ordillos, Chaplain of St. Vincent Institute, Solana Inc., shared about Priestly vocation and brilliantly answered interesting queries from the students on priestly life and of some significant issues in the Church. The Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres and Sisters from other Congregation introduced their charism, identity and mission. Some Sisters shared their beautiful vocation story and lively interacted with the students during the open forum.
In her welcome remarks, Sr. Mercedes Bacaoco, SPC, Director for Christian Formation, earnestly acknowledged the presence of Fr. Dennis Ordillos, and the Sisters, particularly the Daughters of St. Paul and the Franciscan Apostolic Sisters, for joining the vocation session.
Sr. Mercedes stated that the activity was still in keeping with the celebration of the 2019 Year of the Youth and it is only right to encourage and to instil hope to the youth. She also cited one of the objectives of the session taken as a mandate of Pope Francis – “to find ways of keeping close to the voices and concerns of young people. We need to make more rooms for the voices of young people to be heard.”
She underscored some of the great truths that Pope Francis talked about in his Apostolic Exhortation, Christus Vivit: “Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world.” With the words of Pope Francis, the Paulinians were challenged to consider “the vocation to special consecration” and not to “dismiss the possibility” of devoting themselves to God.
The Vocation session was organized by the Religious Education faculty and facilitated in by Mr. Moises Calucag.