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(Editor’s note: Following is the fifth in a series featuring the winners of the Indianapolis Serra Club’s 2010 John D. Kelley Vocations Essay Contest.)
Priests, deacons, and religious brothers and sisters invite others to come and see Christ, and discover their own vocations in many ways.
They do this by their dedication, hard work and being Christ-like. Priests, deacons, and religious brothers and sisters love what they do, and they are very good at it.
Personally, the pastor of my parish and my school’s chaplain, Father James Wilmoth, inspires me to find my passion in life and follow it. He has inspired me to listen to my call from God.
You can tell by the way Father Wilmoth greets you with a warm smile that he loves what he does. Through his hard work and dedication, he has touched many peoples’ lives. He is well loved by many people at St. Roch Parish and Roncalli High School.
Father Wilmoth was obviously called by God to be an amazing priest. I hope that, in the future, I can love my vocation as much as Father Wilmoth does his, and hope that I can be as devoted to my vocation as he is.
I feel that right now God is calling me to the medical field to be a doctor or a nurse. I want to help many people in my vocation. I think that [Father Wilmoth] is the perfect example of someone who followed their calling from God and, therefore, made their life happier.
Priests, deacons, and religious brothers and sisters, by their life and ministry, invite others to come and see Christ, and discover their own vocations by showing their love and compassion toward others through service. They have inspired me and many others to wait for God’s calling to our individual vocations.
(Stephanie and her parents, Gerald and Debra Meyer, are members of St. Roch Parish in Indianapolis. She completed the 10th grade at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis last spring, and is the 10th-grade division winner in the Indianapolis Serra Club’s 2010 John D. Kelley Vocations Essay Contest.) †