As an integral part of their vocation promotion outreach, the Missionary Sisters are members of the National Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC). The NRVC has established member-areas throughout the United States and internationally toward the accomplishment of their vision “to set the world ablaze with the fire of God’s love through the prophetic, joyful witness of religious sisters, brothers and priests as radical disciples of Jesus.”
The Delaware Valley Chapter of the NRVC, which is comprised of many women’s and men’s religious congregations, meets regularly. Part of their vocation outreach is to present The Gift of Mission, an interactive vocation awareness program, to high school students. This has been the practice since 2010. The pandemic, unfortunately, suspended such programs for two years. However, with Covid subsiding in many parts of the area, the Delaware Valley Chapter members responded positively to an invitation from NRVC Board Chair Sr. Mindy Welding, IHM, to present The Gift of Mission at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Southampton, PA on Thursday, March 3rd.
The Director of Campus Ministry there, Mrs. Stephanie McCarthy, shared this feedback on the students’ reaction to the day:
“I wanted to thank you again for making your way to Villa yesterday. The girls truly LOVED the day. One turned to me and said, “Mrs. McCarthy can we do this EVERYDAY?!” The schedule you facilitated certainly encouraged them to want more. We celebrated Mass today for our feast of St. Casimir and Father spoke about answering God’s call. I was almost moved to tears by this connection to Gift of Mission and I imagine the hearts of these 18 young women were stirred as well.
The movements of the Holy Spirit were palpable. Several of the girls found me yesterday afternoon or today to share more excitement about the retreat day. I will do a follow-up with them soon. (cont’d next page)
Thank you for your vocational ministry. If you ever feel discouraged please look back at yesterday’s retreat as consolation that God is most certainly working through you. I cannot thank you enough for your vocational YES and for your invitational YES to be with us yesterday. You are always welcome at Villa. If you ever want to connect with our students please just reach out to me.”
The vocation directors were uplifted by, and most grateful for, Stephanie McCarthy’s hope-filled and positive comments. The hope, as a member area, is that more Gift of Mission programs can be scheduled for the upcoming academic year.