RV trip brings together religious, high school students for Vocations Awareness Week

November 24, 2015

HOUSTON — With the goal of promoting a desire among high school students to learn more about the vocations of men and women religious, an RV dubbed the ‘Vocations Van’ traveled to five different Catholic high schools during National Vocations Awareness Week Nov. 2 to 6. 

“The students experienced time with this variety of us working together to help them learn more about vocations for their future,” said Sister Anita Brenek, CDP, associate director of the Archdiocesan Office of Vocations. “I enjoyed interacting with the other sisters and priests, and watching when or which students became even more curious about our lives.”

Consecrated men and women from several different orders met with students from St. Agnes Academy, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, St. Thomas High School and St. John XVIII College Preparatory. Students spent time with the religious learning about vocations and the different charisms and ministries. 

At St. John XXIII, Senior Brittany Bowles said she learned that “there is more than just the stereotypical nun,” and Senior Emily Szczechowski said, “I never knew about the different types of sisterhoods and how they all have different devotions.” 

“We were blessed to have the Archdiocesan Vocations Van on our campus,” said Sherri DeMois, St. John XXIII campus minister. “Our junior and senior students were able to visit with a group of 10 priests and religious sisters to learn about the various vocations in the Church.”

There are plans to do another RV tour next year with two more Catholic high schools in Houston. To learn more about vocations in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, visit www.houstonvocations.org. To learn more about the Year of Consecrated Life, visit archgh.org/ycl.