Testimonies: Msgr. Gregory, Smith

Category: Vocations.

Testimonies: Msgr. Gregory Smith

Not much drama—but much joy

by Msgr. Gregory Smith, Pastor of Christ the Redeemer, West Vancouver The story of my vocation began when an angel appeared to me and told me that God was calling me to be a priest. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth—though I probably caught your attention! There’s another reason I started with that misleading statement: it points to a mistake I... Read More

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Testimonies: Sr. Rhonda Brown, DSMP

Category: Vocations.

Testimonies: Sr. Rhonda Brown, DSMP

If He calls say “Yes”!


Some people know from the time they are little that they want to dedicate their lives to Jesus. I never really thought about it until I was 19. Then one night, when I was praying my Rosary, I heard God tell me that He wanted me to be a nun. Personally, I wasn’t crazy about the idea. I didn’t really see why God needed nuns. Back then I thought that everyone prayed, and I knew many... Read More

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Testimonies: Fr. Vincent J. Hawkswell

Category: Vocations.

Testimonies: Fr. Vincent J. Hawkswell

Don’t wait for a sign!


by Fr. Vincent J. Hawkswell, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish, Vancouver

My father's mother was a cradle Catholic from Aachen, in Germany; my father's father, a woolen merchant from Bradford in Yorkshire, England, became a Catholic in 1928, when he was 62. My mother's father was an Anglican clergyman all his life, but my mother's mother... Read More

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Testimonies: Fr. Bryan Duggan

Category: Vocations.

Testimonies: Fr. Bryan Duggan

Becoming a priest - not a Prime Minister


Everyone’s path to God is totally unique, and no stories are the same. However, there do seem to be two main types of vocation stories. There are those who come gradually to learn God’s will, who over a period of years or even a lifetime experience being slowly drawn towards the priesthood or religious life. Then there are those who seem to receive their call in an instant,... Read More

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Teresian Carmelite Missionaries (C.M.T.)

Category: Vocations.

Vancouver

They are a missionary Congregation with a spirituality centred on the Church and the Virgin Mary. This spirituality shapes their vocation as Church, in the Church and for the Church. The works that they take on as service to the Church:
  • The pastoral ministry of spirituality.
  • Christian education of children, teenagers and adults.
  • Helping the sick and those in need.
  • The mission ad gentes.
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Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (S.S.M.I.)

Category: Vocations.

New Westminster

SSMI are women who have responded to Christ's call to dedicate their entire beings and lives to God. In freedom and love, they vow life-long fidelity to evangelical celibacy, poverty and obedience. Through a life of prayer and active service, they are called to share their experience of God's compassion, forgiveness and unconditional love. They live in community, encouraging and supporting one another in their apostolic life journey. Daily they... Read More

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Sisters of St Paul de Chartres (S.P.D.C.)

Category: Vocations.

Surrey

Their mission is to serve the poor. Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres are often found at the places where other Congregations cannot go. “I give myself to God for the good of the Church and service of my neighbor.” - Marie Anne de Tilly - Founder #17-8560 162nd St Surrey, BC V4N 1B4 Phone: 604 597 4594 More information is available here.... Read More

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Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (S.I.H.M.)

Category: Vocations.

Coquitlam


The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are involved in many different pastoral ministries, and social welfare services as well as operating Montessori Kindergarten and day care centres:

  • Social Services - Family & child care and counselling senior care facility
  • Catholic Religious Education - Montessori Kindergarten, nursery school and high school for girls
  • Parish... Read More

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Sisters of the Good Shepherd (R.G.S.)

Category: Vocations.

Vancouver


Saint Mary Euphrasia Pelletier believed in the Good News, that God was like a compassionate Shepherd. Christ of the New Testament reveals God as ABBA (Father), whose love for us is boundless, creating us with dignity, in God’s own image. Mary Euphrasia was courageous to act always in light of this same mission: to love and respect the dignity of each person as a child of God. The Sisters of the Good Shepherd approach each person with the same... Read More

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