Here’s One Way for Catholic Young Women to Eat with Their Bishop

by Sister Julie Ann on April 13, 2011

Bishop David Ricken sent out a dinner invitation to Catholic young women in his Diocese of Green Bay for April 12, 2011. Women religious including Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were also present around the table of the Eucharist, at dinner and later in small group conversations sharing our lives as Catholic women religious.

Why the invite? To put it simply, Bishop Ricken desires young women to learn more about the vocation to consecrated religious life. High school junior or seniors, college students and beyond who were willing to look at how God is calling them in life were invited by one of the Sisters of the Diocese or showed up on their own. Eucharist, the source and summit of all activity of the Church including growth in unity/community, was an important beginning of the gathering. Add healthy food and good conversation and you have a perfect menu for an evening out that could be life-changing.

Father Daniel Schuster, Diocese of Green Bay Vocation Director, helped in the planning of the evening.

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10 thoughts on “Here’s One Way for Catholic Young Women to Eat with Their Bishop”

  1. Sister Anne Marie Lom says:

    What a great idea. I am happy that our vocation and formation women could be present. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Sister Monica, novice says:

    It was an enjoyable evening. The mass with the Bishop Ricken and Fr. Schuster co-presiding was very beautiful and the postulants, Sr. Mary Ann, and Sr. Carol did an excellent job as music ministers. Eating with and sharing with the women present was wonderful. It was a very hope-filled time for our diocese.

  3. The joy of sharing the vocation ministry with our Postulants and Novices and Sister Carol is a wonderful gift! They added so much to this evening of discernment for young women of the Green Bay diocese! Our Bishop Ricken is great in his support and prayer for those called to the Consecretated Life and for the Sisters in his diocese!

  4. Lindsey says:

    As a postulant, it's really inspiring to see events such as Project Elizabeth take place within the Green Bay Diocese. I think it gives a lot of affirmation to young women who are discerning where God is calling them, that they are not alone in their discernment. It was a gift to be able to help lead music for Mass.

    Thank you to all involved with making this happen. To know that a religious vocation may be recognized in the hearts of young women because of this event brings great hope to the church and the world.

  5. Rose says:

    What a wonderful event! Met some really great women and I am inspired to see the super amount of initiative in seeking out their vocations. It is scary thing taking those first steps. To all of those discerning, you are in my prayers and thank you, Bishop Ricken for making this available and promoting vocations in your diocese!

  6. Mildredhayes says:

    I hope and pray that some of these young women will find a vocation

  7. Ssharon says:

    What a meaningful event to share food for the body and Eucharistic FOOD for the soul! An added JOY, I'm sure to share with Bishop Ricken and each other. A prayer for all those discerning their VOCATION in life. In NE we recently had Bishop Lucas here for Confirmation and for a Dinner. Those are enriching times! Sr. Sharon Paul

  8. Smaryfrances says:

    This was a wonderful opportunity for young women to interact with Sisters. You never know how you might touch someone else's life. Thank you to Bishop Ricken and Father Dan for providing a vocation awareness program.

  9. Leslie says:

    A lot of wonderful young woman showed up to this event. I think it takes a lot of bravery to attend a mass specifically focused on the Vocation of religous life. First, one has to admit that they are looking at religous life. I was especailly impressed by the young woman who came on their own to the event. Way to go.

  10. Spamelacatherine says:

    Thank you to all the woment who attended the Vocational Mass and evening meal/discussion. It was a wonderful night! Thank you for being open to the Spirit and know that you are all held in prayer!!

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