The Diocese of Joliet’s 4th annual vocations and discipleship conference – known as Called by Name – took place earlier this month at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale. Our 7th graders were among the estimated 3,000 young people from Catholic Schools and RE programs throughout the Diocese who participated.
The event included praise-and-worship music, a keynote address by Jimmy Mitchell, a Catholic speaker from Nashville, confessions, a large vocations fair and a “knock-out” basketball tournament with seminarians as well as a Catholic Trivia Bowl and other activities.
According to Anne-Marie Cronin, director of marketing and enrollment management for the diocesan Catholic Schools Office, Called by Name’s goal is to promote vocations, but also gives students the opportunities to discover their talents, and an opportunity to see if they are being called for a certain vocation to the religious life, to be a teacher, mother, lawyer, etc. Attendees were encouraged to talk to seminarians as well as various men and women from various religious orders so they get a greater understanding of who they are and how they were called to their vocation.
Pictured are Simon Hartle and Tommy Lindgren during a round of “knock out” basketball.