Taking the Next Step

Brother David Henley, Glenmary vocation directorJune 2013

Springtime is the season when men apply to enter Glenmary Home Missioners' prenovitiate and aspirancy programs. This year it's been busy, as six men have applied! Please pray for them as they prepare for this next stage in their discernment. All those who are accepted will begin their orientation in August.

Applying to enter Glenmary is not the first step of the journey, but it is one that has taken a few years for some of the men to make. For most of the men, the first stage was to contact the Vocation Office to request information about our community.

After that, each of the men attended a discernment retreat or "Come and See" weekend to learn even more about Glenmary and the mission areas we serve. Every year, Glenmary offers between four and six retreat opportunities for men to visit the missions and meet Glenmary missioners. The next two Come & See retreats will be in June and July. And space is still available for the July trip if you are interested in joining us.

If you are not able to commit to a weekend visit, maybe you just would just like to learn more about the role of our missioners and the tremendous home mission need in the United States. One way to gain a better understanding is to contact the Glenmary Vocation Office at 513-881-7410 and ask any questions you may have.

You can also register on our Web site to receive Glenmary Challenge—our quarterly magazine that invites all Catholics to respond to their baptismal call to be missionary. The Summer 2013 issue highlights both priests and brothers and the need for more men to respond. The cover story, "The Changing Face of Brotherhood," describes how Glenmary brothers have responded to the signs of the times to serve the people living in rural Mission Land, USA. The feature story—"When?"—describes many of the challenges faced by Catholics living in counties without a Catholic Church presence.

These and other Challenge articles may help you to clarify your missionary call. Is God calling you to be the first pastor in one of the many counties in the South that do not yet have a Catholic Church presence? What gifts do you possess that you could use to serve the People of God as a religious brother? How is God calling you to help Glenmary reach the enormous goal of bringing a Catholic presence to every county in the United States?

Again, we welcome you to get in touch with us at 513-881-7410 to explore these questions.