World Day for Prayer for Vocations

May 13, 2011

May 15, 2011 is the 48th World Day for Prayer for Vocations. To honor this day, we reflect on our vocation as missionary priests and what gives us hope. We invite you to consider a life as a missionary priest with us. For more information contact Fr. Bill Morton, vocations@columban.org


Fr. Bill Morton

Fr. Bill Morton

Father Bill Morton
Current Mission: U.S. – Mexico Border
Vocation: I received a brochure with a picture of a leper’s hands receiving bread and a quote from St. Paul “Come across and help us.” My heart was moved.
Hope: The faithful, humble, often courageous service in the most difficult places to the poorest of the poor, inspires me.


Fr. Jovito Dales

Fr. Jovito Dales

Father Jovito Dales
Current Mission: Peru
Vocation: What first attracted me was the simplicity of their lives and their dedication to the promotion of human dignity of the poor to the point of risking their lives.
Hope: Our dedication and commitment to serve with the poor, be it in the parish, or responding to the climate change crisis, or prison ministry, or women´s shelter or many other ministries gives me hope that with all the violence, greed, discrimination and intolerance in our world love and compassion will shine in and through us-by God´s grace!


Fr. Tim Mulroy

Fr. Tim Mulroy

Father Tim Mulroy
Current Mission: Chicago, IL
Vocation: The Columbans offered me the opportunity to knit together two important desires – growing closer to God, while living as a witness in the world to His love for all people.
Hope: Our lives are interwoven with others in different times and in different countries, with each person bringing a different colored strand to the tapestry of God’s mission. And the wonder of it all!


Fr. Tom Glennon

Fr. Tom Glennon

Father Tom Glennon
Current Mission: Omaha, NE
Vocation: I appreciate our sense of humor and down-to-earthiness and the commitment to crossing boundaries.
Hope: Young people reaching out to make a difference are a gift of hope.


Fr. Kevin O’Neill

Fr. Kevin O’Neill

Father Kevin O’Neill
Current Mission: China
Vocation: The excitement of sharing my faith and being enriched by life amidst people of another culture and religion grabbed me.
Hope: The courageous and unbroken spirit of Catholics in China despite the risks.