The Office for Vocations recently hosted 21 high school students from throughout the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois at Villa Maria Catholic Life Conference and Retreat Center on Lake Springfield for Called and Sent.
Participants engaged in various activities throughout the warm July week to help them to embrace their call to live as intentional disciples of the Lord.
Assisting with the program were two priests: Father Brian Alford, pastor of St. Jude Parish, Rochester and Director of the Office for Vocations, and Father Michael Friedel, parochial vicar at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Also assisting were five diocesan seminarians, two religious sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George, Alton, and four members of the laity.
Of course, as pictured below, the entire contingent was buoyed by the presence and support of his Excellency, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki.