First Philippine National Vocation Festival Held in Cavite

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) organized the first National Vocation Festival on April 27, 2024 at Rogationist College in Silang, Cavite.

With the theme ‘In the call of the Good Shepherd, let’s go on a mission together,’ the festival aims to further urge the country’s dioceses to promote vocation to the young people.

According to Radio Veritas Asia, the festival is part of the featured activities of the National Convention of Vocation Directors and Directresses, held on the 50th anniversary of the Directors of Vocations in the country.

Fr. Randy de Jesus, CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Vocations Executive Secretary and National Coordinator of the Directors of Vocations in the Philippines, said that the priority of the festival is to foster a “culture of vocations.”

Church servants around the Philippines shared their stories in this gathering, raising awareness about the importance of vocation in the Christian community.

He said, “The goal is not to count how many will enter the seminaries, but to seek many young people to see a good life from the stories of priests, nuns, and lay people, who responded to God’s call.”

Fr. de Jesus shared that 4,000 young people from different dioceses have registered.

He asked the faithful for continued prayers for the vocation of the young people, particularly those in the priesthood, religious life, as well as the success of the Vocation Festival.

The World Day of Prayer for Vocations is celebrated every Good Shepherd Sunday. (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM-San Felipe Neri Parish)


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