Br. Peter Lamick, CSV, turns 35 on Saturday, July 1, and the same day he begins his newest assignment in the Viatorian Community, as Director of Vocation Ministry. He replaces Br. John Eustice, CSV, who has led vocations efforts since 2017 and worked with Pre-Associate Dan Masterton in connecting with discerners.
“I’m really excited about this new challenge and opportunity,” Br. Peter said at the Provincial Assembly, when he was introduced to the associates, brothers and priests.
Br. Peter is the youngest professed Viatorian in this country, having entered the community in 2016 and professing his perpetual vows in 2019, consequently he is not that far removed from his own discernment process. As a 2007 graduate of Saint Viator High School, he first met the Viatorians in the classroom and on the playing fields.
It was those relationships he formed with professed men in the community that played a major role in his calling, he said. Knowing that, Br. Peter described some of his goals to the community of how to draw more vocations and accompany discerners.
“It’s a blessing that we have a lot of men who are discerning,” he told the crowd, “some are in college and some are adults.”
During the month of July, Br. Peter will attend an orientation program for new vocation ministers offered by the National Religious Vocations Conference. By August, he says, he will be able to hit the ground running. First up, he will lead a retreat from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Province Center. The daylong retreat is intended for Catholic young men between the ages of 18 and 22, who will have the chance to hear from their peers, join in prayer and Mass, and relax over dinner.
After that, he plans a mix of personal visits to Viatorian parishes and schools, as well as developing structured programs for discerners, both for those who are in college and out of college. He also plans to collaborate with the young adult ministers at the parishes as well as work closely with Pre-Associate Dan Masterton, the Viatorians’ new Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
Finally, Br. Peter wants to connect discerners with individual Viatorian associates and religious so that they can get to know the community and its mission, as it’s lived and experienced.
“I know there are discerners out there,” Br. Peter added. “We just have to collaborate together to figure out how best to reach them.”