On Sunday, August 9, the Parramatta diocese held a celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life. Our Sisters attended a Solemn Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, which was celebrated by Very Reverend Father Peter Williams, Diocesan Administrator of Parramatta, and concelebrated by priests from different religious orders. The Cathedral choir led the congregation with beautiful singing. It was great to see that there were not only in attendance many religious from around the diocese, but also members of the general public. Following the Mass there was a Vocations Fest in the Cloister, coordinated by Sister Rosie Drum of the Missionaries of God’s Love, and actor and comedian Rob Shehadie. It was a good opportunity to connect with religious from many congregations; to hear several testimonies on religious life; and to meet and engage with families and youth. Sisters Grace Rocławska, Provincial Superior, Małgorzata Kozub, Vocation Director, Paula Volchek, Alicja Drabik, Joanna Zarzyczna, Agnes Misiak, Rita Marie Apura, and I represented Nazareth at a beautiful stall of vocational materials! Finally, the day concluded with a prayer and a Holy Hour in the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.
Please join us in praying for young people discerning their vocations: that they may hear God calling them and find the courage to respond.
LORD of the Harvest,
BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call.
Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.
INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving—
for vocations blossom in the
good soil of faithful people.
INSTILL those in religious life, parish
ministries, and families with the confidence
and grace to invite others to embrace
the bold and noble path of a life
consecrated to you.
UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacrament,
so that we may cooperate
with you in building your reign of mercy
and truth, of justice and peace. Amen.
— Pope Francis
By Miss Sophie Boffa