Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of July 29, 2002
Religious beckon to WYD pilgrims
Communities use marketing tools to attract vocations
By RENATO GANDIA
"There is a reason for this seeming drought in vocations, but we have to listen to what God is telling us."
- Sr. Evelyn Pinsonneault
Louch, formation director of the Redemptorists in Toronto, emphasized, "Our focus is on preaching the word and evangelization, especially to the poor and those that are in great need."
He is convinced young people today are interested with helping the poor and the underprivileged.
Like others, Louch thinks the secularization in Europe and North America has had a profound effect on the decline in number of vocations.
"Along with that is the whole mistrust of institutions, including the Church," he added.
Nevertheless, he is hopeful that WYD will help his congregation attract more vocations to the religious life.
Edmonton-based Hebert agreed with Louch and added, "One of the main things is in the world nothing is permanent. Everything is temporary. And young people are hesitant to make a commitment that they see as permanent."
Grey Nun Sister Evelyn Pinsonneault from Quebec is busy inviting people to try her hollow-faced mannequin for a photo.
They built an image of a Grey Nun sister so people can come behind the mannequin and stick their head behind the hollow face for a photo.
Having been a teacher and a sister for a many years, Pinsonneault is retired. She now ministers to the sick and dying, particularly people with AIDS.
She says there has been a decline in the number of vocations for several reasons, but she believes God is the one who calls. "There is a reason for this seeming drought in vocations, but we have to listen to what God is telling us."
"We, the religious, have to set examples for those whom God is calling."
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