World day of prayer for vocations

Shining the light on religious vocations

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  • May 4, 2011

TORONTO - Coinciding with the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, the downtown Toronto chapter of the Serra Club will be holding its fifth annual vocations fair May 14-15.

“It’s an opportunity to promote vocations to the priesthood and consecrated religious life and to affirm those who have responded to this call,” said Zinnia Milburn, the club’s vice-president of vocations and vocations fair co-ordinator.

Different religious orders such as the Loretto Sisters and the Capuchin Friars will have booths set up to talk about the good work they do. As well, various Catholic lay organizations such as the Focolare and World Marriage Encounter will also be participating.

Taking place at St. Augustine of Canterbury parish in Toronto, this year’s theme is “Bring the light that shines to the world.”

“The work of the religious communities and all these missionaries bring light to the world through their work,” said Milburn.

The vocations fair will also feature various speakers talking about vocations, including Jesuit Father Leonard Altilia, assistant for vocations of the Jesuits in English Canada and Fr. Daniel Mentesana, pastor at St. Augustine of Canterbury parish.

While everyone is invited to attend, the event is focused on youth, said Milburn.

“It’s also an opportunity to learn more about our Catholic faith,” she said.

For more information, call Milburn at (416) 305-5192 or e-mail zinniamilburn@gmail.com.

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