CVMA exists to foster a 'vocations culture' that educates people about the nature of vocation and promotes, at a national level, the development of vocations ministry - more ...
How the year is slipping by and no doubt you are caught up in so much yourselves. Apart from all the many and varied ministries involved in, we are and will be for some weeks still being bombarded by sporting events which seem to be eating the little free time we do have. Mixed with all this, we still unfortunately see violence, misunderstandings and also the lack of full appreciation of the value of human life and society pervading our daily lives. Whilst we pray that peace may come and that all may be able to live life to its full, we trust in our God and those challenges which are presented to us.
CVMA is indeed getting busier and whilst the latest edition of VocNET has just been printed and should be hitting the street within the next few days, we are gearing up ourselves to two major events. This October sees CVMA hosting its biennial Vocations Workshop in Sydney. Sr Theresa Rickhard OP is journeying from America to facilitate this Workshop which has a theme : " Vocation Ministry for the New Evangelisation". It certainly promises to be well worth attending. Already bookings are starting to come in. The Workshop will be held at the Josephite Center in Mount Street, North Sydney. Details of this workshop are now available, click here to download workshop flyer and registration form.
On another level of Vocation Ministry, CVMA is having a Survey conducted here in Australia. It's starting point is the question 'Who is joining Religious Life and Priesthood". A similar Survey was conducted some years ago in America and fortunately we are able to draw from this. The purpose of the Survey is to help determine best practices for Vocation Promotion and to understand what assists in the retention of new members. CVMA has invited the Pastoral Research Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference to conduct the research.
It's certainly an exciting project. We look forward to keeping you posted on its progress and hopefully by about September of next year (2015...The Year of Consecrated Life),... we hope to make known all the results.
Please stay in touch and always feel free to comment on any part of CVMA. They are always welcome.
Fr Tony Cox SSC
Executive Officer CVMA
|Back Row - left to right: |
Peter Hendriks msc, Tony Cox ssc, John Webb cfc
Front Row - left to right:
Anne Taylor rsc, Claire Cooke SSpS, Donna Millsom,
Kathy Kettle rsm, Lindsay Rust sac and Janette Murphy rsj