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2014 Ordinandi Dinner

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March 4, 2014 – 2,290 individuals gather in support of vocations

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 was another milestone date in the history of the Ordinandi Dinner. This annual celebration, now in its 24th year, is recognized not only in the Archdiocese of Toronto but throughout the world as an incredible gathering of Catholic faithful in Toronto in support of the “culture of vocations” that Cardinal Thomas Collins emphasizes as one of the 5 pillars of the new Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan.

In addition, the Ordinandi Dinner has been recognized by Serra International in 1994 and 2012 when it was presented with the Junipero Serra Award for its efforts in promoting priestly vocations and vocations awareness. This is a distinguished award which recognizes the success of this event on a global scale.

Under the leadership of the Toronto Central Serra Club and with the support of the Serra Canada Foundation, the five Toronto area Serra clubs collaborate to make this truly a successful and memorable event. The Ordinandi Dinner was traditionally know for the wonderful stories told by the Ordinandi of their discernment and vocation journey. The stories inspired the faithful and, as we have learned, over the years lit the flame for several vocations. This year was no different as the approximately 1,600 dinner guests heard from the seven 2014 St. Augustine’s and Redemptoris Mater Seminary Ordinandi.

The organizing committee has been encouraged by the success of the high school program which has evolved over the past number of years from providing special opportunity for attending students to meet the Ordinandi on the night of the Dinner to an exclusive Catholic high school student luncheon held with the Ordinandi on the same day and at the same venue as the Dinner.

Serra has partnered with the Archdiocese of Toronto Office of Catholic Youth (OCY) and the six Catholic school boards within the Archdiocese to create a special youth oriented program that enables our high school students to hear vocation stories from one of the Ordinandi and from a religious order nun highlighted by an address from Cardinal Collins to the youth. We recognize the leadership of OCY and the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board in preparing and executing the energy packed and meaningful student program. The morning was filled with music, prayer and meaningful discussion. The students heard first-hand about the struggles of discernment and the commitment to a life of religious service from both a male and female perspective. We were amazed at the results: 73 Catholic high schools with 770 students chosen by their school chaplains to attend. This is in addition to the 212 young people who attended the evening Dinner program either with their schools, parishes or families!

The Ordinandi Dinner and Luncheon is now a hallmark of the vocations awareness effort within the Archdiocese of Toronto. It is a significant event in the calendar of the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese and provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize and thank our Ordinandi as well as exposing our Catholic youth to the true meaning of a religious vocation.

We are grateful for the support and encouragement received from the Cardinal and the Archdiocese. We extend our appreciation to the Office of Catholic Youth, the Newman Centre, the six Catholic school boards and the Catholic independent schools that participate in the program and to the many faithful, some young and some not so young, who, every year, show their support and encouragement for vocations to religious life by attending.


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