Today marks the beginning of the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday). Holy Thursday recalls the Last Supper, the Institution of the Eucharist, the command from Jesus to imitate him in washing the feet of the 12. In addition, Holy Thursday recalls the institution of the priesthood, when Jesus at the Last Supper says "Do this to remember me." And we see in the scriptures, especially in the Acts of the Apostles, that the apostles continued to gather to break bread in remembrance of him.
Men continue to follow Christ in the priesthood. One way the Archdiocese of Chicago helps men come to clarity, regarding the call to priesthood, is to provide opportunities for men to come and see what this life entails. We have an upcoming weekend at Mundelein Seminary, called Exploring Priesthood Weekend, April 20-22. The weekend is a combination of meeting the seminarians, hearing their stories of preparing for the priesthood, time for prayer and mass, a chance to enjoy the beautiful grounds of Mundelein Seminary. The Exploring Priesthood Weekend is geared toward men who are Juniors in college and older.
Exploring Priesthood Weekend is meant to help men clarify what they feel called to. There is no pressure to 'sign up' for the seminary after the weekend is over. The majority of men, after the weekend, are grateful they gave it a chance. They express gratitude, especially in hearing the vocation stories of the seminarians, who were in the same position as the participants just several years ago.
If you have been thinking about priesthood in the Archdiocese of Chicago, this is your opportunity to gain some clarity. Please contact Fr. Brian Welter to register.