Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, is pleased to announce the opening of the St. Andrew’s House of Vocation Discernment located on the campus of Walsh University in North Canton. Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, this house, located in La Mennais Hall, will offer young men a place to discern their life’s vocational calling, with a strong inclination to the diocesan priesthood. Residents of the House of Vocation Discernment will work with a full-time, on site priest who will serve as the Formation Director for this place of study, reflection, prayer and discernment. The purpose of the House is to offer young men an environment where they can come to understand God’s will and call for their lives. While they are active students at the University, they will not only be an integral part of the community at Walsh, but will also enter into focused communal prayer, spiritual direction, formation, and pastoral outreach.
“We are excited to be working with Walsh University to be able to offer this place of discernment for men who want to seriously consider if God may be calling them to the priesthood, yet may not be ready to enter a seminary formation program,” Bishop Murry said. “We are thankful to President Richard Jusseaume and the entire Walsh University Community who have partnered with the Diocese to make the St. Andrew House a reality. There is no better place to begin this House than at Walsh University.”
The Diocese of Youngstown and Walsh University will be sponsoring an Open House on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Open House will begin with a prayer service in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help University Chapel with the dedication and blessing of the House by Bishop Murry immediately following. This event is open to the public.
If you would like more information on this House of Vocation Discernment, please contact Fr. Chris Luoni, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Youngstown, at (330) 744-8451 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on Facebook at St. Andrew House of Discernment.