Catholic Vocations in a Time of Change

The makeup and nature of vocations in the Catholic Church has changed profoundly in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Apartheid, wars, epidemics, and sweeping social change have posed great challenges, often requiring a transformation in the conception and practice of lay and ecclesiastical vocations in the Catholic Church.

How has the Catholic Church as an institution and Catholics as individuals responded to these challenges, and how might they respond in the near future? Join us for a series of presentations and testimonies by students and faculty, followed by a moderated discussion.

Light refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

This free symposium and panel discussion is open to all interested parties free of charge and without prior reservation. Interested attendees are requested to RSVP to so that we can order the appropriate amount of refreshments.


  • Date & Time: Thursday March 21st, 2013 from 4:00-6:30 PM

    4:00 – 5:00 Food & Fellowship

    5:00 – 6:30 Symposium & Discussion

  • Location: Oxnam Room, School of Theology Basement

Guest Speakers & Topics:

  • Rev. Daniel Hennessey (Director of Vocations, Archdiocese of Boston)

    Living One’s Vocation: A Vocation Director’s Perspective

  • Dr. Anthony Petro (Department of Religion)

    AIDS, Sexuality, and the Catholic Church

  • Dr. Basil Considine (Department of Music)

    Music Ministry in the Catholic Church: From Clerical to Lay Leadership

  • Susan Troy (PhD Candidate in Practical Theology)

    The Vocation of the Baptized

With testimonies on vocations by: