Brandon Serra Appreciation Dinner for Priests, Deacons, and Religious 2009
Brandon Serra group held its annual appreciation dinner for Priests, Deacons and their wives, and Religious on 21st October 2009 in St. Augustine's parish square. Over 140 people from the deanery attended to honour and affirm a total of 25 priests, deacons and their wives, and religious sisters. The evening was also attended by the Serra district governor Guy Coughlin and his wife Marlene and Carol Maynard, president of Winnipeg Serra. The theme for the evening was a celebration of the year for priests. The mandate of Serra, the vocation arm of the church, is to pray, invite, encourage and affirm vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life. Those in attendance were reminded to pray for vocations in their own parishes and also to consider in what way they foster a sprit of discernment in the youth of their parishes.
Father Kevin Smith, Director of Vocations for the archdiocese was the featured speaker who focused on the theme of the year of the priest and the call to serve. Father Kevin emphasized that while the call may be from God, it is articulated through the family and the church community. In today's discernment process there is a greater emphasis than previously on how the call to the priesthood is to be used within the church community. Father Kevin left us with the thought that vocations are everybody's business. We should all ask ourselves what we are doing to promote vocations. The evening ended with the singing of the priests blessing song.