Thursday, December 12, 2013

At Hmong New Year Mass, Bp Ricken urges Hmong to send two men to seminary in next 5-6 years

GREEN BAY — During the annual Hmong New Year Mass, held Dec. 7 at St. Jude Church, Bishop David Ricken presented a challenge to the diocesan Hmong community. He also hinted that a six-year initiative on the new evangelization is in the offing for the diocese.

Each year, area Hmong Catholics gather in December to celebrate the Hmong New Year with Mass and a reception that features music, dance and traditional Hmong food. St. Jude and St. Bernard Parish in Appleton alternate hosting the annual gathering. About 150 people turned out for this year’s event, including many dressed in traditional Hmong attire. Also in attendance was Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt.

During his homily, Bishop Ricken, reflecting on the Gospel reading from Matthew, said that “each one of us is responsible to be workers in the harvest.”

“At least two of you in the church today are being called to go to the seminary. I know it,” said Bishop Ricken. “I am calling forth, beginning today, for this community to send two young men to the seminary within the next five or six years. The only way that is going to happen is if you pray a vocation up, and I know you can do it.”
contine at The Compass

That's good bishoping right there.

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