On Saturday the 5th of October, several Religious Congregations, Diocesan seminarians and young people gathered at Saint Joseph parish, Grey Lynn Auckland for a Vocation Expo. Marist Sisters in New Zealand were represented by Srs Tulua and Seini.
The day started with a mass at 8:15 am and various people from different congregations shared on their vocation call and charism to young people. It was a lovely opportunity to meet a lot of young Catholic people and share our Marist charism. The day ended with a lovely lunch.
Yr 12 students from Marist Schools in ACT and NSW gathered at The Hermitage, Mittagong over a weekend recently for the Marist Forum on the theme of “Vocation…Call Waiting.” On the Saturday afternoon forum participants had the opportunity to hear from a team of guest speakers who shared with the students on their vocation story. The speakers gave an insight into the joys and challenges of their vocation, an outline of the ministry that they are currently involved in and shared words of wisdom about the process of vocational discernment. Marist Sister, Noelene Simmons, was a member of this panel.
The month of September is Vocation Month in the Archdiocese Davao. Throughout the month the DVP (Directors of Vocations in the Philippines) Davao of the different congregations, including the Marist Sisters, visited universities, schools and parishes, posting vocation materials and holding vocation sharing with the young people of Davao.
29th September 2013 was the culmination of vocation month in the Assumption Parish, Davao. The Marist Sisters’ Mapa community is in this parish. At the 8.00 am Mass during this culmination celebration at the Assumption Church, Sr Sheila gave a talk in which she shared her vocation story. On the same day at 3.00 pm young people and members of different religious congregations from the Assumption Parish gathered outside the Church for a short vocation talk and to view a film. This was followed by a Vocation Walk of about one hour around the nearby vicinity. Two Marist aspirants, Hazel and Mafel, from the Mintal community, and Sr Monica, from the Matina community, also took part in this walk.