VISION E-Vocation Newsletter

June 2010

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We hate to toot our own horn, but . . .

VISION Vocation Guide was recently honored with four awards from the Catholic Press Association for the following articles that appeared in the 2010 issue of VISION:

Best Original Poetry-First Place
“Just Take It” by Father Larry Janowski, O.F.M.
Judges' comments:
The poem’s message of action and decision offers profound insight into the human condition. The conversational and direct tone lends the poem great power, appropriate to the subject matter and to Frost’s own voice. The sonnet-like structure further supports the poem’s quiet, understated wisdom.
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Best Essay-Second Place
“Monks build community one living stone upon another”
by Brother Francis Wagner, O.S.B.
Judges' comments: The author opens with the question “does death actually give life meaning?” and goes on to answer his question by discussing the way he views death and reflecting back on funerals. Well-written and very explanatory.
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Best Personality Profile-Second Place
“Teacher First, Sister Always” by Leslie Scanlon
Judges' comments: The author tells Sister Lee Ann McNally’s story through people she has helped. She paints a picture of her subject with strong detail and anecdotes. The writing is clear and concise. She uses quotes to tell the story.
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Best Photo Story-Third Place
“Sacred Places: Where beauty and grace meet” text by Joel Schorn
Judges' comments: This is a stunning group of architectural photos, each one shot with obvious attention to the finest detail. They reverently capture the beauty and grandeur of their subjects, the “sacred spaces” mentioned in the opening text.
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VISION 2011 available August 1

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VISION can help you find summer discernment and service opportunities

To find upcoming opportunities in your area or among the communities to which you feel drawn, go to VISION's Opportunity Calendar, or go through to see which of your matching communities have posted opportunities on VISION (if a community has an upcoming event, you will see a little chainlink icon running along the top of the listing).

Important note to Vocation Directors: Don't forget to post your upcoming discernment, service, and educational events on VISION's website. Click here to do so. It's quick and easy!

Recent entries from SpiritCitings: 
Seeing the Spirit at work in the world

Short takes

PLEASE link to VISION Vocation Guide ( on your ministry, parish, or community websites and on your blogs and social networking pages.

RELIGIOUS LIFE TIMELINE available in a downloadable pdf format on online at the VISION website. Please feel free to copy and distribute.

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Editors are standing by

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Interest in a missionary vocation has increased by 2 percentage points each year for the past four years among those who have completed VocationMatch profiles. Click here for more VISION reader statistics.
NOTE: Be sure to participate in our upcoming 2011 Vocation Trends survey to be emailed out to all discerners and vocation directors later this month.


Sister Julie answers your vocation questions:
If I join a religious community, will I be able to have a job and career? 
Ask Alice about Catholicism: 
How is the Mass prayer?



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