DATE : 05/19/2017                        PLACE : St. Paul Chong Ha Sang Church ( Des Plaines)

SPEAKER : Fr. Foeckler, Miles Jesu     TOPIC :Vocation                                                                                         


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Fr. Foeckler started with a description of the sacrament Holy Orders before giving a lecture about Vocation.

There are Seven Sacraments including Holy Orders in the Catholic Church.

The sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Jesus Christ’s priesthood.

Holy Orders are ordained ministries such as bishop, priest or deacon.

Who is the full priesthood? Jesus Christ.

The first level of the Sacrament of Holy Order is Bishops (Episcopate): Bishops can do all Orders.

The second level of the Sacrament of Holy Order is Priests (Presbyterate)

The third level of the Sacrament of Holy Order is Deacons (Diaconate): There are two types of deacons.

-A transitional Deacon is a seminarian who is studying for the priesthood.

-A permanent Deacon is a deacon who can get married, and assists a priest by performing some of 

     the sacraments.

**Catholic Church Hierarchy: Pope, Cardinal and Archbishop have the legal power.

-Jesus Christ: is the highest priesthood, Son of God

-The Pope: represents Peter, always first of the list and has special role such as papal infallibility which means 

 God protects the pope from error when he speaks about faith or morality. 

 It applies only to solemn, official teachings on faith and morals.

“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16, 18

-The Cardinals: are appointed by the pope and service for the pope, and elect a new pope.

-The Archbishops

-Bishops: ordain priests/deacons/bishops

-Priests: preach/baptism/marriage/confession/anoint of the sick/Eucharist/mass

-Deacons: baptism/marriages/assist Eucharist or mass

-Religion consecrated persons



Vocation is Calling (vocare means to call in Latin) from Jesus Christ, Father and Holy Spirit.

God is calling each person by name, not everybody. You don’t hear anything by ear.

Vocation is a calling to serve and love God and others in and through a specific path. 

This could be through marriage or being a priest, deacon or consecrated religious.

Each vocation challenges us to live our faith more deeply and to follow Christ more closely.

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, 

for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that 

whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other. 

John 15, 12-17

Friends mean sharing, connection, attachment and team match. This is the friendship.

As we seek friendship with Jesus and one another, we can develop deeper and deeper relationships. 

Jesus is the source of LOVE which is the basis for the kingdom of God.

Love is not something of possession. Love is Soul which lasts forever!

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3, 16

Jesus said to the twelve disciples,

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 

35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13, 34-35

Vocation is following Jesus AS he did.

Vocation is close to a relationship with Jesus. Not service, but just being with Jesus.

The Second Vatican Council made it plain that there is a “Universal call to holiness in the Church” To most of us this means becoming a priest or a nun, but this “Universal Call” really means that all men and women are called to holiness.

Jesus calls us as his disciples to a new way of life – the Christian way of life.


**Cardinal Blasé Cupich ordained six priests at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago in May 20, 2017.

Bishop Joseph Perry invited the Motjari families at ordination.

Attending ordination was a tremendously thankful and blessed for all of us.

Thank you, God. Thank you, Bishop Perry**







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