A religious vocation is an opportunity to serve God and to bring hope, joy,
and healing into the lives of many people brings with it a deep happiness and sense of peace.
If you think God is calling you, contact Fr. Dave Baker at 716-847-5535 or visit www.buffalovocations.org
Br. Cassian Mary (Dante Iozzo) Enters the Dominican Order
It is with great joy that our parish community celebrates Br. Cassian Mary (Dante Iozzo) acceptance into the novitiate of the Order of Preachers, commonly known as the Dominicans! Moving to Lewiston with his family at age 11, Dante attended Lewiston-Porter Middle and High School, the University at Buffalo, and Cornell University where he obtained his PhD in Physics. After an intense application process, Br. Cassian Mary (Dante) will receive the Dominican Habit at the Dominican Novitiate located in Cincinnati on August 8. The novitiate period is for one year, whereafter Br. Cassian Mary (Dante) will profess simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. His formation will continue for another six years at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington D.C.
If it be our Lord’s will, Br. Cassian Mary (Dante) will be ordained to the sacred priesthood in 2028.
Let us continue to keep Br. Cassian Mary (Dante) in our prayers as he begins this journey.
My question now becomes, who is next? Is it your son, daughter, granddaughter, grandson, niece, or nephew? As I said before, it is our responsibility as Catholics to at least consider whether God is calling us to serve his Church, and if it is, you will not be disappointed in following the path God has laid out for you!
Prayer for Vocations
Loving and Generous God, it is You who call us by name and ask us to follow You. Help us to grow in the Love and Service of our Church as we experience it today.
Give us the energy and courage of Your Spirit
to shape its future
Grant us faith-filled leaders who will embrace Christ's Mission of love and justice.
Daily Prayer for Vocations
God, our Father, in Baptism You called us by name making us members of Your people, the Church. We praise You for Your goodness. We thank You for Your gifts. We ask You to strengthen us to live in love and service to others after the example of Your Son, Jesus.
Father, look upon Your Church with love and Bless Your prople with generous single men and women, with loving husbands and wives, with understanding parents, with trusting children with dedicated priests, sisters, brothers and deacons.
Help us to see our vocations as a journey toward You. You have called us, not to set us apart, but to bring us together with others who need our love. Make us faithful signs of Your presence in their midst.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.