Daydreaming About Turkeys and More

Brother David Henley, vocation director

November 2015

"One of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him."—Luke 17:15-16a

I realize that Thanksgiving is still a couple of weeks away, but I have already begun to daydream about the day. Glenmary students, their directors and the vocation team have a longstanding tradition of gathering to give thanks for the many blessings in the Glenmary community and to celebrate our shared vocation to serve Mission Land, USA.

Some of our students are, for the first time, celebrating away from their own family and instead with their Glenmary family. And new students who have joined us from other countries are experiencing their first celebrations of this American holiday.

The menu will definitely include two traditional turkeys, but it may also include ugali, sukuma wiki, rice, tacos, matoke and chiles rellenos. It may appear to be an odd assortment of items on one menu, but we in Glenmary are a diverse group; our student body includes men who were born on four different continents!

And the diversity doesn't end with the menu. The weekend activities usually include a talent show, which a number of people from nearby Glenmary missions come to enjoy as well. In recent years, the students and prospects have performed their own version of Gangnam-style dancing, as well as traditional songs from their homes or family stories. Magic tricks and juggling have also been standard features in the entertainment. Highlights from previous years can be watched on my YouTube Channel.

In recent years, the gathering has also been blessed with the presence of many men who are discerning their vocations. They join us for the weekend to learn more about Glenmary and be welcomed into the community celebration. This year, Glenmary students will come from four different schools where they are currently studying, and a number of new men will be visiting Glenmary for the first time. We will have time to pray, eat, laugh and enjoy one another's company.

I realize that, for our students, it can be hectic time of year to get away because they are nearing the end of the semester and usually have a backlog of papers to write, projects to finish, and final exams for which to prepare. But it can also be the perfect time for them to get away from it all and spend some time with their brothers in the Glenmary community in order to relax and find support. And with that community support, they can return to school and finish out the semester.

In addition, it can be a difficult time for discerners to miss their traditional family gathering, but it is a great opportunity to get to know Glenmary—and to pray about and discern whether they are being called to serve as home missioners. It is a time for them to Come & See, to meet students and missioners, and to give thanks for the call they have received.

If you would like more information about this event or future Come & See mission trips, please contact us at the Vocation Office.