Sometimes we fail to see the obvious. While many islands in the Pacific are languishing because of a serious lack of vocations, here in Guam we are thriving because we have an overflowing of youths who desire to become priests. This is an awesome blessing.
This morning in Maloloj, Junie Valencia received the ministry of Lector in preparation for the priesthood in front of a packed Church. It was also announced that three youths from Yigo have entered the Diocesan Seminary. There are also two others who are seriously considering joining the Diocesan Seminary. Rev. Romeo Convocar is the Rector of this seminary. That means that there are four already in the seminary and two more possibly entering soon. What a gift!
Then we have six youths from Guam studying at the Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary Redemptoris Mater seminary; two others are studying in Japan and Miami respectively. These youths come from Barrigada, Agana, Yona, Yigo, Asan and Mangilao. What a richness!
Earlier this month two youths from Guam, Brothers William and Jason made their first profession with the Capuchins at the Friary and Brothers Ryan and Gavin renewed their temporary profession as friars for another year. Then there are Sean and Cody, also from Guam, who are doing their novitiate in California. What a boon!
And there may be others that I do not know about.
We all understand it. Vocations come from God. He calls and man answers. But God works through men. Let us be grateful to Archbishop Anthony Apuron who through his leadership managed to revamp vocations to the priesthood in Guam. He is the one who started the two diocesan seminaries in Yona and Maloloj. And he is a Capuchin. Thank you, Archbishop!