Fr. Long Appointed Vocations Director

Fr. Matthew Long prepares to foster vocations in the parish and the home

Greetings brothers and sisters in the Lord,

As most of you are aware, I was appointed Director of Church Vocations for the Diocese of Shreveport effective July 9, 2012.  This is a great challenge but one I am sure that with the help and support of you, the Catholic Faithful, will be a great blessing to me. I know the good work Fr. David Richter has done in the Office of Vocations over the last four years is something I hope to build upon. As I have reflected upon this work I have undertaken, I quickly realized the work of encouraging and fostering vocations does not occur in the Vocations Office.

This important work of encouraging men and women to hear and answer God’s call is primarily carried out in the parish and in the domestic church, the home. The Call of God is recognized by most because of the good work they witness by their parish priest and the religious sisters they come into contact with on a daily basis. The most important place that the Call of God is fostered and encouraged is in the home.  Seeing the devotion and commitment and most importantly the generosity their parents and grandparents have towards Christ and His Church will do more to increase vocations in our diocese than anything else.

Therefore, it is with faith in God’s grace, the good work of our priests, the dedication of our religious sisters and, most importantly, the devotion of the faithful people of God that the harvest will be great for our diocese. I thank you in advance for your support and help in fostering a culture of vocations in the Diocese of Shreveport.

In Christ through Mary Immaculate,
Fr. Matthew Long

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