Vocation awareness: inviting and energizing young people

The following is the latest installment in a series on vocations sponsored by the Dubuque Area Vocation Association

By Len Uhal
Special to The Witness

If my math is correct, I believe November 2017 marked the seventh National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) that I attended during my years in vocation ministry. I truly enjoy spending three days with over 20,000 energetic teens who are excited about being at a church event and growing in their faith. What an exhilarating experience each and every time.

“Young people, the faith and vocational discernment” is the theme of the upcoming 15th general assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2018. As I read through the preparatory document several times, two ideas jumped out at me: invite and energize.

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