2014 Priestly Convocation this week
This week is a very special one that happens only every three years. The active priests of the Diocese of Marquette will all go off together with Bishop Doerfler for what is called “Convocation.” This is a week-long gathering that will take place in Green Bay, WI. The convocation is an opportunity for team building, inspiration, retreat, learning, prayer and renewal in our sense of mission with the Bishop to conquer our diocesan territory for Christ. The priests’ job is to be a co-worker with the Bishop, who is the chief shepherd of the land (or the field General, if you will.)
Often these types of gatherings are led by a speaker who comes in from the outside to give us a series of talks and reflections. This time will be a little different. Since this is the first year with our new Bishop, there will be no other speaker than the Bishop. This will be his opportunity to finally get to know his priests better and for us to get to know him. Along with this, it is his opportunity to set the vision for the future of the diocese as we move together into the New Evangelization. Needless, to say, we all beg your prayers during this week; especially for our continued growth in unity with each other as priests, and unity with the Bishop. (It wouldn’t hurt to pray for safe travel as well!)
On Wednesday evening we will all be heading to the Marian shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, WI. In case you don’t remember, that is the sight of the only Marian Apparition in the USA that has been approved by the Catholic Church. (Champion is just a little ways north-east of Green Bay.) This will be a great opportunity for special graces and I will gladly take any special prayer intentions you may have along with me. I will especially present those intentions that are in our parish prayer vase, so if you are not able to catch me in person before I leave, simply write your intention down and place it in the prayer vase in front of the tabernacle here at OLOP. Thank you in advance your prayers!
May the Peace of Christ be with you always!