Saturday, 13 September 2008

You! Pool! BBQ!

We just had another Vocation Discernment Recollection on 5-6 Sep 2008. This time, there was a twist to it..... There was a new speaker in the house. He is none other than Fr Alex Chua, the new Vocation Director in the diocese.

Though this was his first time conducting the recollection, I think it was a breath of fresh air in his approach and dynamism. Think the aspirants felt it too. The most significant part of his sessions is that the aspirants can now 'separate' and chart their discernment journey in different stages.

Don't worry.... for those who missed it, there is more to come. The next one will be in October 2008. You can sign up now..... early bird prize is to be the first in the queue for lunch :-P

Here is he giving the session on friday evening.

There is another twist.... look at the next picture... seems all of us are busy reading by the pool isn't it.

As per previous years, we had our aspirants BBQ and this year it is a poolside BBQ. not only that, we had vespers by the pool. Now, isn't that a breath of fresh air.... an informal and relaxed setting to praise the Lord and begin the gathering.

And here are some of our in-house chefs "serving up the barbie!!"
Boy! I can still taste the mee goreng in my mouth... Slurp!!


Mariana said...

hello! brother, its me again. Im curious, what is this Vocation Discernment Recollection Programme about?

Cornelius Vianney said...

The Vocation Discernment Recollection is an overnight 'programme' for young men who are thinking that maybe Priesthood is one of the paths that the Lord may be calling them to and they would like to explore and pray about it. This is usually held 4 times a year, from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon.
There will be sessions conducted and time set aside for quiet prayer with time for the participants to share their experiences, struggles and journey in their life.
The seminarians would have gone through the same journey as well and so we can share our experiences as well. At the end of the day, no man is an island and we all walk this journey in life, be it in Holy Orders or in Matrimony, the bond of friendship and support is sustained.
Maybe the 'sad' thing is that this is only for males... but then we are a diocesan seminary....

Mariana said...

whoa! this programme must be really really meaningful for you guys. It must be nice to share your experiences in life with the aspirants. Aww, don't be sad, at least you have many friends here. :)
You guys are like one big family of seminarians, Fathers, senior brothers and the juniors. Am i rite?

Cornelius Vianney said...

Definately !!


Mariana said...

wow!! you guys r one big family!! awesome, how i wish school life is like tat... hmmm, gosh, hope i don't sound like im lamenting, hahaha!!!
u've experienced the early stages of life, and now ur experiencing the love of God, thats wonderful. And in the future u'll administer our faith to people, wowwwwww!!! that takes alot of courage and patience... tats why i find the priesthood intriguing.
really, im intriguied.. patience and courage, big words with big meanings... hoping to instill these two words in me..

Cornelius Vianney said...

Well, I believe if we sincerely pray for these gifts and graces, the Lord will grant it to us.

Cheerios !!

Mariana said...

yeah, ur right brother. i wonder, how does it feel to experience God's love? i bet ur experiencing it now..haha

Cornelius Vianney said...

Just imagine resting in the comforting arms of your dad or mum... only a million times over.... PEACEFUL!!!

Mariana said...

wowwwww!!!!!!! im so jealous, haha