By Sister M. Jean Louise Schafer, OSF
Whether it is the tradition of planting ‘live Easter baskets’ or planting the seed of a vocation, Eastertide is ripe with possibilities. As our Congregation celebrates 775 years (1241 – 2016) we joyfully look with hope to the future. We happily accepted the invitation of Msgr. James Shea, president of the University of Mary in Bismarck, to be present for the first annual Vocation Jamboree during Easter Week.
Over fifty religious congregations, communities, and service organizations were on hand there to visit with students from the three Catholic high schools of the diocese, university students, homeschooling families and high school students from parish religion programs. What a witness that was; what a joyous event it turned out to be!
Our display table was situated in what seemed to be the Franciscan section of the fieldhouse: a couple from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, represented a cloistered community of Poor Clares, on our right, while Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist from Meriden, Connecticut, were on our left.
People gathered in the nearby auditorium as the evening advanced. The 4:30 Mass offered by Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, drew many Catholics from the area. That evening Bishop Barron addressed the large crowd about using the new media, including social networking, for the New Evangelization. The idea of spring loveliness came full circle as he encouraged all to ‘look to the beautiful in life’ and in the Church, to spread the Word of God. Making disciples of all nations is possible using today’s technology as long as one emphasizes goodness, truth and beauty!
St. Luke tells us that Jesus told his disciples “the harvest is rich, but the laborers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers to do the harvesting.” (Luke 10:2) May the Risen Christ, Master of the Harvest, draw all peoples to Himself. Happy Easter. Alleluia!