Fr. Adam Laski, a priest of the Diocese of Superior, shows Hannah Barth how to make a rosary at the Vocations Day held April 12 at the St. Thomas More Newman Center at UW-River Falls. (Submitted photo)

Jenny Snarski
Catholic Herald Staff

Thursday, April 12, was the annual Vocations Day at the UW-River Falls St. Thomas More Newman Center. Deacon Tom Weiss, the director of campus ministry, said the purpose of the event is to promote discussion about any kind of vocation.

“We usually describe a vocation to a religious life, but this vocations day tries to extend that to cover vocations to married or single life and to lives of service,” he said.

Vocations directors from surrounding dioceses are asked to be present for a half-day open house. Students are invited to come and talk, and ask whatever questions they might have about their future.

Approximately 30 students participated and were able to interact with representatives from the following six organizations: the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis, the Diocese of Superior, the Diocese of La Crosse, the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.

“No fancy presentations, no slide shows. Just a chance to sit down with a cup of coffee, juice, a donut or a sandwich and ask questions about each kind of life represented. No pressure.” said Weiss.

Bishop James P. Powers accepted the invitation to celebrate Mass; he concelebrated with five other priests. The deacon was grateful to the bishop for attending and described the event as “joyful.”

Next year’s event will be April 26, 2019.