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Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Irish priest to coordinate European Vocations Service
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¬†At the Annual Conference of the European Vocations Service (EVS) which took place this week in Warsaw, the Irish Delegate to the Conference, Fr Kevin Doran was elected Coordinator of the EVS for a three-year term. The European Vocations Service is a federation of the National Vocations Services of Europe linked to the Council of European Bishops' Conferences (CCEE). Fr Doran is currently Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Dublin and National Coordinator for Diocesan Vocations in Ireland and will continue in these roles in addition to his new position with the EVS. He succeeds Monsignor Rainer Birkenmaier of Germany, and will work closely with the President of EVS, Archbishop Alois Kothgasser of Salzburg. Over 60 delegates from 23 countries, including 12 bishops, attended the EVS Conference in Warsaw, the theme of which was The Integration of Vocations Ministry into the Broader Structures of Pastoral Life. The keynote speaker was Fr Amedeo Cencini, who lectures at the Salesian University in Rome. He spoke of the essential elements of a renewed vocations ministry, stressing that a pastoral strategy that is not vocational is not really pastoral and will not be effective. He also argued that a well integrated Christian life includes four essential elements, namely prayer, community, service and witness. Speaking about the issue of Vocations on his return from Warsaw, Fr Doran said: "Every human being wants to know the meaning of his or her life. The Scriptures teach us that life is a gift which has been received from a God who loves us. That awareness, of its very nature, sparks off in us the desire to respond, so that we also begin to see our lives as a gift which must be given. We are drawn almost inevitably into some kind of commitment or service, which nobody else can carry out on our behalf. The challenge for the Church in Europe is to create this culture of vocation. It is the responsibility of every believer ≠ not just of vocations directors. Only against the background of that broader understanding of vocations ministry can we realistically and confidently propose the more specific radical commitments to Christian marriage, to priesthood, to religious life and to other forms of consecration in the Church." Source; Irish Bishops Conference Media Office
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