The Directors of Vocations in the Philippines held its 21st National Convention at the Metropolitan Cathedral Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte from April 21-15, 2008. The Vocation Promoters of the Rogationists in the Rogationists’ Philippine Delegation, viz., Rev. Fr. Alex Poblador (Visayas and Mindanao)and Rev. Fr. Viktor Aurellana (Luzon) were among the 300 vocation Directors and Directress from all over the Philippines who attended this bi annual event. Rev. Fr. Rene Ramirez, in charge of the Social Communications Office of the Rogate Center, Manila took the opportunity to promote the website: VocationsOnline.Net – an online resource for vocations discernment and ministry.
The website aims to be the point of convergence of news and initiatives on vocations in Asia. It also aims to provide materials which may be useful for both Animators of vocations and discerners alike. The website contains more than 400 addresses of vocation promoters. It also contains downloadable prayer schemes and liturgical aids for vocations. Vocation Promoters and pastoral workers who are using generic e-mail services like Yahoo or Hotmail may also avail of a 6-gigabyte e-mail space using the domain of the website. (For those interested, they may e-mail their proposed username to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Centering on the theme: My Vocation: My Light, My Love! Imaging the Person of the Vocation Minister, the convention offered the reflections to the Bishops, priests, consecrated sisters and brothers, lay men and women engaged in vocation ministry. The first conference was animated by Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, DD. who talked about the Word of God and Biblical Models of Vocation Ministers. Most Rev. Luis Antonio Tagle, DD pointed out the challenges on Situating Vocation Promotion in the Philippine Context. Rev. Fr. Roger Champoux, SJ shared his insights with his talk entitled, Igniting the Flame.