Front Royal vocations dinner to be held June 11

The Knights of Columbus John Carrell Jenkins Council 7771 in Front Royal will hold its fourth annual vocations dinner for seminarians and sisters June 11 at the North Warren Volunteer Fire & Rescue Hall, 89 Rockland Road, Front Royal.

"The dinner has grown from a small fundraising effort to one of the most significant events our council puts on all year," said Michael Bugin, project officer for the 2016 event. "The dinner provides an excellent opportunity for the parish to offer gratitude and support to the young men and women who have answered God's call."

St. John the Baptist Church in Front Royal has more seminarians and sisters in formation than any other parish in the diocese.

Seven men and three women will be honored this year. The men are seminarians Brian Accettullo, John Paul Heisler, John Killackey, Peter McShurley, Dan Mitchell, Joseph Townsend and Benedictine Brother John McFadden. The sisters are Christina Heisler (Sister Grace Augustine), Lorraine Podlinsek (Sister Miriam Esther), and Brittany Scheidler (Sister Immaculata).

Father Mark Ivany from the Archdiocese of Washington will be the guest speaker at the event. Each of the seminarians present will deliver testimonials. Letters from the sisters will be read as well.

When asked what advice seminarians and sisters have for someone who thinks they may have a vocation, Bugin said, "Essentially they all speak about three things. One is to pray to do God's will. Two is to talk to a priest you know well. Three is to visit a seminary or convent.

"They also all stress that entering a seminary or convent is not a lifetime commitment," Bugin said. "The seminarians and sisters all state that God will let you know if you should remain after you have entered. The seminarians and sisters all encourage young people who think they may have a vocation to give the seminary or convent a try."

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