Sr. Kim-Phuong Tran recently represented the CCVI Vocation Ministry at the National Vocation Awareness week and Expo at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Houston. Top Left: Sr. Kim with religious women who participated in the Vocation Expo. Top Right: Caritas Retreat attendees pose for a fun photo during the Retreat held at Villa de Matel in October. Bottom Left: Sr. Kim (2nd from left) along with the Parish Vocation committee members and Fr. Rafael Becerra (seated at left) of St. Rose of Lima Parish. Bottom Right: Attendees at the Give Thanks meal during Thanksgiving weekend at St. Paul Church.
by Sr. Kim-Phuong Tran
We would like to share an update of our recent activities:
VOCATION EVENTS: We collaborated with the Archdiocesan Office of Vocation and other Vocation Directors to travel to Catholic schools and public universities in the Diocese to promote religious and priestly vocations in the week of National Vocation Awareness from Nov. 5-11. The week ended with the Vocation Expo organized by St. Rose of Lima Parish. The exhibit of Mother Teresa of Calcutta attracted many visitors. It was a good week to work with other Sisters and priests to sow the seeds of vocations for the church.
CCVI YOUNG ADULT EVENTS: Following the Caritas Retreat in October, we hosted the Rediscover Caritas on Nov. 17th. A reflection day helped retreatants re-live their graces during the retreat. To help them grow deeper in their faith through Ignatian Spirituality, Father Tri encouraged them to form small faith sharing groups. Caritas 53 has now developed into two small groups and they will meet regularly at someone’s home or the Dubuis Center beginning January 2019. The Houston Caritas Retreat came to the Villa de Matel campus in 2009, and now we have seven groups as a result.
Our overall mission is to bridge young adults and their parishes. St. Paul the Apostle in Nassau Bay is our primary partner at present. And, the Giving Thanks event hosted at St. Paul Church in Houston on Nov 18, attracted a small number of attendees. This parish desires to attract more young adults in the Bay area as well, so we hope that our shared mission with them will produce much fruit in the ministry.