From Fr. Delacy, Vocation Director, Archdiocese of Philadelphia: The Catholic Church in America just completed Vocation Awareness Week, a time when we focus on vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Here in the Archdiocese, over 1000 students in our religious education programs and Catholic grade schools participated in Meet & Greet Webinars with some of our Philadelphia seminarians. These webinars gave students insights into how a young man discerns his vocation and listens for the voice of call in their lives and emphasized how if onefollowsGod’s call, he/she will always be happy.
Parishes throughout the Archdiocese also just launched Called By Name initiative, asking parishioners to prayerfully look from within their own parishes for men who they believe have the qualities of a good and holy priest.
We are blessed in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with numerous examples of these good and holy men, who God has called to the priesthood. The Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood, in partnership with Joyful Films, is excited to launch a new video about one such priest whose compassion, understanding, and empathy characterize his. Fr. Douglas McKay, was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1982. Following various parish assignments, Fr. Doug founded Our House Ministries in the Grays Ferry section of Philadelphia in 1997 and currently still serves as Chaplain. As ‘the living and transparent image of Christ the priest’ (JPII), Fr. Doug uses the power of prayer and the sacraments in his outreach to those who are struggling with addiction.
We invite you to watch and see how Fr. Doug has received and transmitted the mercy, forgiveness, and love of God in his ministry.