Don’t look now, but Br. John Eustice, CSV, and Dan Masterton are on the road again (virtually) talking to educators about discernment and God’s ongoing invitation. These vocation influencers are presenting a session this week in the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) three day conference that opened today. Here’s the tagline: Ignite. Unite. Inspire.
The conference is the largest gathering of mission-driven teachers and leaders, who are united in community and driven by faith.
Br. John and Dan are in good company. Some of the headliners include former Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanis, who serves as president of the NCEA board, as well as Fr. Mike Schmitz, of Ascension Press Media and Gloria Purvis, chairperson of Black Catholics United for Life — to name just a few.
The Viatorian presentation is one of the on-demand sessions available as part of the cluster of presentations designed to ignite evangelization and student formation among Catholic educators.
Here’s how Br. John and Dan describe reframing vocation: “Vocations often center on priesthood. We invite you to explore broadening and reframing this. We’ll discuss how vocation is first about universal baptismal call to holiness and then to a state of life and particular vocation. Vocation is indeed about call but perhaps better understood as God’s ongoing invitation for each of us. We’ll offer practical suggestions and lay out a broader, fuller context – yet one in which we can still invite young people to consider priesthood and religious life.”
Dan comes back at 2 p.m. Wednesday in a live session offering teachers ideas and best practices to offer retreats in a post-pandemic world.
“My intention is to present this pandemic moment as a chance to reevaluate and jumpstart our retreats,” he says, “and to make them everything we always hope they can be.”
Join the movement. Here’s how to register.