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From the desk of Fr. Speier 

Dear Parishioners:  

Happy Father’s Day to all of our Fathers both living and deceased. I hope all of you have a wonderful day. 

 This coming week all of the priests of the Diocese of Toledo will gather for their convocation at Sawmill Creek in Huron, Ohio. The convocation begins on Monday June 18 and will end on June 21. During these days there will be time for prayer, study and recreation. The convocation for priests, in our diocese, began in the last 1970’s. Our first few meetings were held at Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan. After that we moved to Maumee Bay State Park and now for the last four or five occasions we have been at Sawmill Creek. 

 Even though we try our best to get away for a while parish life still goes on. I will be close enough that I will come back for funerals and other issues that may arise. I would ask that all of you say a prayer for Bishop Thomas and all the priests of the diocese as we gather. 

 One of the intentions that I would ask all of you to pray for is an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. This year we had three young men ordained for the priesthood, a great blessing. Unfortunately, next year there will be no one ordained to the priesthood. With that being said there are a number of our priests who are eligible for retirement, myself included. If at any given time a few of these priests, due to health or other reasons, decide to retire there would be a shortage to staff all of our parishes. The conclusion is that we need more vocations. 

 The first and most important way is that all Catholics say a daily prayer for an increase of vocations. As we know prayer is powerful and the Lord does listen to our fervent prayers. The second source of vocations is strong families living their faith. Most people believe that a vocation starts with the example of priests given in all of our parishes. This is true but an even more powerful witness is the example given within the family unit. It is in the family that one learns the power of prayer. It is in the family that one learns right from wrong. It is within the family that a positive example is set for living faith. 

 In our day and age with fewer and fewer priests around the family example of faith is powerful and important. Continue to pray for our priests that they remain in good health and continue their ministry and also pray for new vocations. Bishop Thomas and Father Phil Smith, our Vocations Director, are working very hard to seek out new vocations. Your prayer and example are very critical to this mission.