5/20/2014 3:44:00 PM Students attend vocations rally
Catholic Sentinel photo by Ed Langlois
At previous rally, Fr. David Jaspers dons old helmet to tell sixth graders that God calls regular people to priesthood and religious life.
This spring, 180 sixth graders attended the sixth annual Vocation rally at Queen of Peace in Salem Oregon and (490) students went to St. Pius X in Beaverton. A core team: Sister Beatrice LaFramboise SP (Sister of Providence from Seattle coordinated this event) with Fr. John Henderson, Vocation Director for Seminarians,. Sarah Kresse (Youth Minister from St. Joseph in Salem).
Sr. Marietta Schindler OSB was in charge of the exhibits where different communities brought brochures, pencils etc for the students. Sister Michael Francine SSMO was in charge of having students make posters about Vocations; Sister Mary Immaculate (Reparation of the Sacred Wounds of Jesus) coordinated the panel where students heard stories about our life, how we listened to the call and responded. Sr. Maria Gabriel Stanfield OSF coordinated the MIX and MATCH activity. Team members were asked where is the favorite place to pray, where is their favorite vacation spot and what is their favorite food. Four students try to match the answers with the correct person. This gives the students and idea that we do have fun, have interests and enjoy life.
The day begins with a music rally provided by Leslie Jones in Salem and Krisi Christensen in Beaverton. It definitely takes a village to put this event on. We are most grateful to Art Diederich of the Serrans who invites other Serrans to be our movers- moving students from one activity to another. They provides cookies and juice for the students during their lunch break.
We also would like thank the 6th grade teachers, principals of the Catholic Schools and parents who provide th transportation. The school that come the long distance is OHara in Eugene. They come to Salem.
In 2007, Sr. Charlene Herinckx SSMO and Sr. Patricia Novak OSF initiated the Focus 11 Program which we later named Vocation Rally for the Portland Archdiocese. They had attended a training session in Florida to learn about it. We are most grateful for their vision. This interactive event has been sponsored by several different communities of men and women in the Portland archdiocese.