STAND BY US IN CALIFORNIAS
By Fr. Salvador Riera, Sch. P.
For a few months, the Piarists of the Californias’ Vocational Ministry Team (with a presence on both sides of the western border of Mexico and the United States) have held our meetings by video conference. We have started on a good note so that not everything falls on the shoulders of leader of this ministry.
We started by sharing our hopes, proposals and the possibilities of each one, as well as the realities of each place. We have revised the Statute of the Vocational Ministry of the Vice Province, we have prepared the schedule for the ministry for the next four years and we are preparing diverse materials of information and vocational promotion.
We have continued offering vocational gatherings at Calasanz House in Los Angeles. In Mexicali several meetings were scheduled under the name: “Deciding life.” We held the first one, and unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, we had to suspend the second one. There has also been a vocational presence in various parishes in San Diego and Ensenada.
This virus has made us rethink a series of activities that we had planned while enhancing personal communication electronically, favoring virtual meetings that allow for a more individualized contact.
Our vocation ministry must continue in these circumstances that we have to live. Our Vice Province needs Vocational Ministry to be able to continue Calasanz’ work among us.
Hopefully each religious, each community and each lay person committed to the mission of Calasanz will feel like agents of the Vocational Ministry, mainly with the witness of our lives and with our dedication to girls and boys and young people, especially among those most in need.
Let us continue to pray for Piarist vocations, whether religious or lay. There is so much to do, so many who need someone to give them a hand, someone to share their problems and illusions with, someone who listens to them, who loves them. This is the true Vocational Ministry, the one that all of us Piarists, religious and lay people must respond to.