On Feb 27th we had our first vocation evening for the 2022 called “Hanging Out with the Friars”.
A total of 19 young men turned up. They came from all walks of life and locations around Singapore.
The objective of this evening, is not so much about recruiting men to join the Friars.
Rather, following the last words of St Francis to his brothers, “I have done what was mine to do. May Christ teach you what is yours”, this evening was to invite young men to discover where God could be nudging them towards in the first place.
Could it be married, single, Religious or Diocesan life?
More important than the numbers, the vocation team feels that one must first know where could God be inviting them to, before they take the next steps.
This was why being the first gathering for the year, and with Lent approaching in a few days time (2 Mar), the theme chosen was on “Listening”.
The evening began with the Friars getting to know the participants. For safety, friars and participants were grouped in 5’s. This also allowed both friars and the participants to get to know each other better over the course of the evening.
Subsequently, the session continued with a short input on “Listening”, inviting the participants to listen not just with our ears, but also with the rest of our body such as our eyes and our hearts.
After the short input, our novice; Friar Sylvester Singh, shared his personal vocation journey to the Franciscan Order, before they resumed into their groups for further sharing.
The evening then ended with night prayer.
We hope through such opportunities, many would make use of this to first know where could God be asking of them.
Our next session will be held on May 8th from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. It will be on both “in person” and “virtual” to cater to anyone from Malaysia who would be interested to participate.
For further information, please contact the Vocation Office at: Vocations.firstname.lastname@example.org