WHEN you hear the words: “It could be you,” thoughts turn towards winning the Lotto. Now the Catholic Diocese of Ossory is using the catch phrase in an attempt to coax young men and older ones too, into the priesthood without the promise of worldly riches but with the possibility of spiritual contentment.
Fr Willie Purcell, head of vocations in the diocese explained that secondary school students were asked to come up with a slogan that would be popular with their peers and decided on the National Lottery words which are not covered by copyright.
‘God is still calling men to the priesthood and sometimes it’s just to realise that it could be you, that he is calling,” the city born cleric said.
“The poster calls on those who are thinking of priesthood to contact the vocations director to discern if priesthood is for them. The poster will be put up in various places throughout the city and county in the diocese as well as in churches and schools,” The whole purpose of the poster is to create a vocation awareness to the priesthood in the Diocese. ‘People like to be challenged and young people especially like the idea of being challenged in doing good,” Fr. Willie said.
He emphasised the great goodness and generosity in young people. “This has to be encouraged and brought to a new level of reflection so that some may realise that they are being called to priesthood, hopefully the poster and accompanying prayer card will spark a desire to find out more about priesthood in our Diocese’ said Fr. Willie. During the coming weeks Fr. Willie will visit parishes to promote the theme of the poster. Last weekend the first of three vocations awareness weekends took place in the diocese. The first was held in Mooncoin parish. “ It began on the Friday evening with an hour’s prayer, adoration and reflections with music led by the Mooncoin Folk Choir. On Saturday there was a workshop on It could be you, being a priest in the Diocese of Ossory,” Fr Willie said.
“The second weekend will be held in St. John’s Church, Kilkenny on May 13 and 14 to coincide with Vocations Sunday on May 15 for the city and surrounding parishes.
In September the parish of Borris-in-Ossory will host an awareness weekend for the northern part of the Diocese. The local branch of the St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society hosts each weekend with involvement from all the surrounding parishes.
“The purpose of the weekends is to not only to pose the question of vocation to the priesthood but also to put vocation awareness on the agenda of each parish in the Diocese and in the language of our young people,” Fr Willie said.
IAs vocations director he never loses hope. “We must always remember that it is God who calls men to the priesthood and this call never ends, when the poster has faded and the print is no longer legible God will continue to place in the hearts of many the desire to serve Him as a priest because God’s call never fades’
Fr. Willie Purcell can be contacted at the Vocations office, St. Kieran’s College Kilkenny 056 7770261, email: firstname.lastname@example.org,