Vocations Awareness Week took shape in a reverent way at St. Francis Xavier Parish, where Viatorians have ministered since 1998. It was part of a weeklong effort by officials with the Officie of Vocations within the Diocese of Belize City-Belmopan to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
In the seaside village of Corozal Town, Br. John Eustice, CSV and Viatorian associates led the parish in different activities every night in church. They ranged from praying the vocational rosary, to exploring a call from God as found in the Scriptues, to singing and meditating through Taizé prayer.
In addition, families were encouraged to pray for vocations in their homes. To support this effort, the parish sent home the vocational cross and rosary with individual families for their private prayers.
Fr. Moises Mesh, CSV, leads the parish as pastor. He was ordained in 2011 and became the first native Belizean to join the Viatorian community.
“Vocation awareness is happening in Corozal,” Br. Eustice says. “There are several young people in high school and in junior college who are asking us to help them learn to pray, and understand what a vocation is.”