"Spes Mesis In Semine" The Hope of the Harvest is in the Seed
Greetings in Christ!
Welcome to the Vocations & Formation section of our Diocesan Website. My name is Bishop David Martins, and in addition to serving as Coajutor Bishop of our Diocese and as Pastor of one of our Parishes, I also function as the Director of Ministerial Formation.
No one arrives at the door of the Seminary ready for Ordination; and after Ordination, formation doesn't end! Christ our eternal high priest is always calling us to grow in our vocation; whatever that vocation is. He is always calling us to answer His invitation to come to know Him better, and to fall more and more in love with Him who calls us each by name.
The Book of Wisdom offers a passage which we hear often at funerals, about those who the author calls "just", it reads; "as gold in the furnace He proved them, and as sacrificial offerings He took them to Himself."
Certainly, life is a formation process. If we open ourselves to the love and grace of God, then every experience in life can be a formative one. Every experience is one that is shaping who we are, that we might make of our lives a worthy sacrifice to God. As a member of the Clergy that sacrifice is very particular, and so the formation for it is also.
The Program of Ministerial Formation is the Church's system of guiding candidates for Ordination through the process of allowing the Holy Spirit to form and shape us. Through this process candidates learn the rich Theology, History, and process of the Church. They learn the principles of spirituality, and discernment. They learn the practical lessons of how to function at the Altar. They learn how to ensure that life remains healthy and balanced, especially after Ordination- when things really get busy!
Is the Lord calling you to the Priesthood, Diaconate, or Religious life? Have you ever considered serving God in a more unique or specialized way? Do you ever think that you look at the world through very different lens than everyone else? Do you desire to share your love for Christ with as many people as possible?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and ask all those questions you've always wanted to ask! Most importantly, ask the big question: "What do you want of me, Lord? Where do you want me to serve you? Where shall I sing your praises?"
God Bless You!
The Most Rev. David M. Martins Coadjutor Bishop, Diocese of New England Director of Ministerial Formation