We held a vocations retreat at our Chicago Initial Formation Residence over the Columbus Day Weekend. Retreatants hailed from Texas, Arkansas, Illinois and Washington State. Unfortunately, due to other commitments, others who are interested in a vocation with Maryknoll were not able to attend. Some of our seminarians and Brother candidates joined us and were able to spend time with the retreatants talking about their experiences with Maryknoll. Our vocation director, Fr. Mike Snyder, opened the retreat on Friday evening. On Saturday morning some of our youngest priests, Fr. Rodrigo Ulloa and Fr. Daniel Kim and Deacon Greg McPhee, gave testimonies to their first years in mission overseas. In the afternoon retreatants traveled to a food pantry where some of our seminarians and Brother candidates volunteer. The evenings included social time and a Zoom conference call with Fr. Peter Latouf serving in Hong Kong together with a young man from his parish who too is interested in joining Maryknoll.
Our next vocation retreat will be held at Maryknoll headquarters during Holy Week (April 8 – 12, 2020). Please contact Fr. Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.