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Bishop Burbidge Resumes Monthly Holy Hour for Vocations

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The first Holy Hour for Vocations for the 2009-2010 year was celebrated Wednesday, September 2 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh. Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge presided with Diocesan Vocations Director Ned Shlesinger the homilist. This year, Bishop Burbidge will celebrate a monthly Hour Hour in each of the eight deaneries of the Diocese, with the next one scheduled to take place at Holy Cross Church in Durham Friday, October 2.

In his homily, Father Shlesinger discussed a trip he took this summer to Honduras with Father Pat Keane, Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Newton Grove and newly ordained Deacon Vic Gournas, who is entering his final year of Theology at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He noted the shortage of priests in that Central American country where there is one priest for every 13,000 Catholics. He said many Hondurans are hungry for the Eucharist, having access to the sacrament only a few times a year.

“The greatest desire of God ... is to give Himself to us,” Father Shlesinger said. “To have us share in His life, to join us to Him.”

“As Vocations Director,” Father Shlesinger added, “I pray God will give us holy Priests so no one in our diocese will go hungry.”

Dates for future Deanery Holy Hours are:

  • October 2, 2009 (First Friday) – Holy Cross Church, Durham (Piedmont Deanery)
  • November 10, 2009 (Tuesday) – Newton Grove Deanery
  • December 4, 2009 (First Friday) – Tar River Deanery
  • January 8, 2010 (Friday) – Fayetteville Deanery
  • February 5, 2010 (First Friday) – New Bern Deanery
  • March 5, 2010 (First Friday) – Albemarle Deanery
  • April 30, 2010 (Friday) – Cape Fear Deanery

Host parishes for the November-April Deanery Holy Hours will be announced in the coming weeks.

Above: Faithful in the Raleigh Deanery attending the Holy Hour for Vocations at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.