Since 2003, the Verde Council has provided a totalof $18,000.00 ($3,600.00 of which was refunded to the Council by the Supreme Council under the Refund Support Vocations Program) to help 18 Seminarians in their studies for the priesthood for the Diocese of Phoenix. Of these 18 Seminarians, 7 were ordained Priests and assigned to various parishes in the Diiocese. Four of these priests have been promoted. They are: Father Matt Lowry. Council gave him $1,000.00 in 2003 and $1,000.00 in 2006. He was ordained in June 2008 and assigned to St. Theresa Parish in Phoenix. In 2010, Father Lowry was promoed to the position ofAssociate Director of the Vocations Office of the Phoenix Diocese.
Father John Muir. Council gave him $1,000.00 in 2003. He was ordained a priest in June 2007 and was assigned to St. Theresa Parish in Phoenix. In 2010, he was promoted to the position of Assistant Director of the Office of Worship for the Phoenix Diocese.
Father John Parks. Council gave him $1,000.00 in 2005 and $1,000.00 in 2007. He was ordained a priest in June 2010 and assigned to a parish in Scottsdale. This month, Father Parks hs been promoted to the position of ParochialVicar at St. Thomas Church in Mesa.
Father Craig Friedley. Council gave him $500.00 in 2004. He was ordained a priest in June 2007 and assigned to a parish in Flagstaff. This month, Father Friedley has been promoted to the position of Parochial Administrator at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Queen Creek.
Right now, we have 7 Seminarians continuing their studies for the Priesthood. Seminarian Dan Vanyo, who spoke at oneof our Council meetings last year, will be ordained a priest in June 2012.
Four Seminarians that we have assisted have discontinued their seminary studies
Please join with us now in reciting the Prayer for Vocations
Heavenly Father, call many holy young people to consecrated life for the sake of your Kingdom. Call an abundance of virtuous men to serve in ordained ministry, as laborers for your harvest. Call numerous others to faithful, chaste and fruitful love in the sacrament of marriage, as signs and witnesses of Christ’s love for his Church. Through baptism you have called all your children, in whatever state of life, to love and serve you. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and grant us each the grace to follow you in perfect obedience and charity. With Mary and Joseph as our models and intercessors, we ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pray this Prayer as often as you can. “The Harvest is great, but the laborers are few.” THANK YOU.