September 1, 2022 | Vocations
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Seminarians Conrad Jaconette, Hunter LeBlanc, Dcn. Chris Kight, and Christopher French, along with vocations director Fr. Daniel Dillard and assistant director of vocations Dcn. Mike Marsili, go whitewater rafting with their guide on August 13, 2022, during the seminarian summer retreat. COURTESY OF DIGITAL OCOEE PHOTOGRAPHY

Seminarians build community during summer retreat


In August, several of the Diocese of Owensboro’s seminarians participated in a weekend retreat with the Office of Vocations staff. Vocations director Fr. Daniel Dillard writes:

“We gathered for Mass on Friday the 12th at Sts. Joseph and Paul Parish, then drove to Cleveland, Tennessee. On Saturday, we began the day with Mass and went on a whitewater rafting trip as community building event. We returned to Owensboro, and I presided at Mass at St. Sebastian and St. Charles Borromeo Parishes. The seminarians attended those Masses and spoke with people about their vocations. We concluded by attending the Solemn Profession of Passionist Sr. Mary Frances of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus at St. Joseph Monastery in Whitesville.”

Please continue to pray for our seminarians and for more vocations in the diocese. Be sure to follow the Office of Vocations at and to stay up to date with vocations happenings in the diocese.

To learn more, contact Fr. Daniel Dillard at [email protected] and Dcn. Mike Marsili at [email protected].

Originally printed in the September 2022 issue of The Western Kentucky Catholic.

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