Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017: The Year to 'Leave a Mark'

This past summer in Krakow, Poland, Pope Francis gave a powerful challenge to the young church. “Dear young people, we didn’t come into this world to ‘vegetate’, to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on,” he said. “No, we came for another reason: to leave a mark. It is very sad to pass through life without leaving a mark.”

Our Diocesan Vocation Office launched a new event in November of 2016 titled #leaveamark16. The event kicked off National Vocation Week in the Diocese of Scranton. As young people live out their baptismal call to holiness, they are encouraged to ask themselves the question, “How am I leaving a mark?” At the reception, we got many wonderful responses about how members of the young church are currently leaving a mark and also how they planned to leave a mark after the event on November 6.

As we begin a New Year, many individuals come up with resolutions, usually trying to better their lives. We encourage both young and a little bit older to think once again about that message from Pope Francis. In 2017, how can you leave a mark? How can you be a protagonist of history? How can you teach the world that it is easier to build bridges than walls? God wants you to dream and realize that with you, the world can be different.

Look what individuals have been doing since the start of the year:

World Youth Day pilgrims gathered for a day of service at the
Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Scranton

Members of the Quo Vadis program gathered at Gate of Heaven Parish
for faith sharing, sports, and prayer

Seminarians Mark Watrucki and Andrew McCarroll
traveled to Texas to join 13,000 other college students 
for Seek 2017 sponsored by FOCUS 

Whether it is in your day to day life or as you are exploring bold choices to commit yourself to the vocation of priesthood, religious life, marriage, and/or lay ecclesial ministry, we want to know what you are doing to 'leave a mark' in the world.

Let’s fill social media once again with positive messages, pictures, and videos of the young church making a difference for good in the world. Be sure to use the hash tag #leaveamark17 when posting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We hope 2017 will be a year of many blessings for you, your family members and friends.

May God Bless You,

The Diocesan Vocation Team