What is a St. Andrew Dinner?
The St. Andrew Dinner is intended to bring men together who are considering a vocation to the Priesthood. If offers a relaxed atmosphere and includes a time for prayer, a meal, and an opportunity to listen while Bishop Malesic talks about his journey to priesthood. It offers a ‘no pressure’ atmosphere of discussion and dialogue about the life of a priest and a priestly vocation.
These dinners are named after St. Andrew who, in the Gospel according to John, brought his brother Simon Peter to meet Jesus. Reflecting upon the call of St. Andrew and his joyful response, we are reminded as priests today, that it is not enough for us to be satisfied with our own priestly vocation. Like Andrew, the Lord is asking us to bring others to Him so that they may also discover their vocation.
What does a priest need to do?
Our diocese needs your help to invite others to consider a vocation to the Priesthood. Most of us can recall a priest or individual in our lives who was our “Saint Andrew.” Let us ‘pay it forward’ and offer the same invitation to someone else. I am asking you to prayerfully consider a personal invite to any single, young Catholic man (high school-aged or older) from your parish or respective ministries who you think God may be calling and possess the qualities needed to be a good priest. I ask that the candidates you invite are of sufficient maturity and moral character. Likewise, all local diocesan norms regarding the transportation of minors should be adhered to.
The St. Andrew Dinner will take place on July 28, 6:30 pm at St. Agnes, North Huntingdon.
Please register by contacting Mrs. Kim Bowkley at firstname.lastname@example.org.