So, now we have a date. A letter of instructions arrived for our son yesterday and, among other things, it gave August 21, 2013 as the start date for his Novitiate.
(I’m tempted to call that a “report date”, but that seems a little too militaristic for someone entering a religious vocation.)
It’s a little odd to think about him moving across the country in less than two months. I’m excited for him and proud, but it will be something of an adjustment for all of us. I imagine that any parent with a child moving far away would feel the same.
He is part of a class of four new novices and the Paulist Vocations office has asked for prayers for all of them.
Almighty and ever faithful God, you spoke your Word to the world in your Son Jesus Christ, and commissioned Saint Paul to bring your word to all nations and to the ends of the earth. Your Spirit led Servant of God Isaac Hecker to proclaim your word in North America using tools of the modern age.
We ask you to call new missionaries in the line of Saint Paul and Father Hecker.
May they burn with passion to give the Gospel a voice so that all may know the mystery of your love. May they follow the Lord Jesus with the zeal of Saint Paul and Father Hecker as they carry on the mission of the Paulist Community.
In the power of your Holy Spirit, we ask this through Christ our Lord.