Cardinal Tagle urges lay people to work for more vocations

Cardinal Tagle urges lay people to work for more vocations

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila arrives at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex for a Mass to concurrently culminate the Year of the Parish and open the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, November 30, 2017. CBCPNews

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila has called on families and church-based organizations to foster among young people in parishes a sense of enthusiasm for vocations.

Speaking at the opening Mass for Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons in Manila on Thursday, he urged the lay people to work for more vocations through their different ministries.

“I’m appealing to the Basic Ecclesial Communities, movements and organizations to inspire the people you are serving to consider the vocations of priesthood and consecrated life,” Tagle said.

The cardinal stressed the importance of inspiring the young people in their mission to evangelize and to be missionary disciples.

“Inspire them not only to think of becoming an engineer, a doctor, or to work abroad. I hope they will also consider of offering their lives as consecrated people or serving as priests,” he said.

More than 2,500 people attended the event which also marked the culmination of the archdiocese’s observance of the Year of the Parish.

Tagle also said that the clergy today need support for more effective means of evangelization, particularly in urbanized and metropolitan areas such as Manila.

“We are in a long journey towards the evangelization of our society, it is in our unity as a community in communion, with the help of our priests and the testimonies of the consecrated people do we see that we need to help each other,” he said.

As the Mass came to an end, Tagle thanked everyone who supported the clergy and the members of societies of the apostolic life, stressing their roles in their spiritual formation.

The Year of the Clergy and Consecrated life, which opens on the first Sunday of Advent, is a pastoral observance focused on the role of the clergy and the religious in, as the cardinal puts, “mission evangelization.”

“The parish, as the communion of communities is where all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are used and practiced and is where different callings and means of service come together for the evangelical mission of the Church,” he said. CBCPNews