Conference to consider vocations

By Michael O. Garvey


A conference designed to help students reflect on their lives as responses to Gods call will be held Sunday to Tuesday (March 25 to 27) at the University of Notre Dame.

Organized by the Center for Liturgy and the Notre Dame Vocation Initiative (NDVision), the conference,Vocations and the Universal Call to Holiness,will include lectures on marriage, the consecrated religious life, service and prayer.

Students come to a university with thoughts of preparing for their future career, said David W. Fagerberg, director of the Center for Liturgy and one of the conference organizers.But students come to this particular, Catholic university with the further expectation that they will be able to integrate their profession with their discipleship and faith.

Often the term ‘vocationis used in a specific sense to mean vocations of men to the priesthood, but the Catholic tradition also has a larger, more general understanding of the term. Indeed, everyone in the Church has an apostolate which is their ‘callingfrom God.

All of the conference lectures will be given in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business.

John Cavadini, chair of theology at Notre Dame, will speak onBaptism and the Universal Call to Holinessat5 p.m.March 25.

On March 26, Archbishop Timothy Dolan ofMilwaukeewill speak onThe Sacrament of Orders:The Vocation of Priesthoodat5 p.m., and Scott Hahn, professor of theology atFranciscanUniversitywill speak onThe Mystery of Marriage Unveiledat8 p.m.

Sister Sara Butler, a theologian fromSt. Josephs Seminary inDunwoodie,N.Y., will speak onThe Consecrated Life: A Call to Prayer and Serviceat5 p.m.March 27, and the conference will conclude with Aurelie Hagstrom ofProvidenceCollegespeaking onLiving Out the Lay Apostolateat8 p.m.

* Contact: * Leonard Delorenzo, director of ND Vision at 574-631-2915 or or visit the conference Web site at

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Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on March 19, 2007.