Dog Days of Discernment

Brother David Henley, Glenmary vocation directorJuly 2013

Summer reading has always been one of my great pleasures. The long summer evenings are an ideal time to sit on the back porch with a good book in hand. "On Heaven and Earth," a book co-authored by Pope Francis before he was named pope, is in my stack of current reading materials—and his first encyclical, "The Light of Faith," will soon be added!

Reading is a critical part of the discernment process for those discerning a religious vocation. Recommended reading material includes the Bible and stories about the lives of the Saints, among other resources. Just as important is reading as much information as possible about the communities you are discerning with. Glenmary has a couple of magazines that could help the discerner in this process.

The current issue of Glenmary Challenge has two articles of interest for discerners. "When" written by Father Vic Subb and myself describes many of the challenges that people face while living in areas of the United States where the Catholic Church is not fully present. "When" will they have a Church home of their own where they can gather as a community and celebrate the sacraments. If more men responded to a call to be a missioner, Glenmary could reach out to more of those mission areas.

"The Changing Face of Religious Brothers" is another article in the summer issue. This article highlights some of the diverse ministry opportunities that Glenmary brothers undertake in their service to Mission Land, USA. In the last 10 years two brothers have professed their Final Oath and this year two student brothers renewed their temporary Oath.

Later this month, the Glenmary Vocation Office will publish a new magazine specifically for discerners. Our Come & See magazine will answer the pertinent questions that discerners have about community life, the ministries of priests and brothers, the formation process and much more. If you are at any stage of the discernment process, this magazine will help you to learn more about Glenmary and the ministry we undertake serving the poor and forgotten in the U.S. home missions.

Glenmary Challenge can be read online or by requesting a printed, mailed copy. (The magazine can only be mailed within the United States.)

And the Come & See magazine is currently only available in print. Let us know if you would like us to receive a copy. We can also send you additional copies to share with other men discerning their call.

The long summer days for reading are coming to a close; don't wait to read all about it.