When I heard that last week Conventual Franciscan Friar Tom Smith led a retreat for candidates to the diaconate and their wives, I thought of Francis of Assisi. Like Francis, Friar Tom was strengthening the faith of his brothers and sisters who in turn were also getting ready to serve the Church in a very special way.
The retreat took place at Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park, New Mexico where Friar Tom is the director. With more than a dozen retreatants, all energetic men and women of faith, one could not help but feel excited. These soon to be deacons and their spouses exemplify the fact that God calls all of us to a vocation. Have you thought about what God is calling you to do in life?