CIL on Vocations week 4

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Brother Alvaro joined us for dinner after a long day session

Br. Arian from the Philippines facilitated and presented this week. He was amazing both in sharing the vocation efforts of our Brothers and Lasallians in the Philippines and in helping us highlight the efforts throughout the world. Cultures are so different, approaches vary, but in the end our joys, frustrations, challenges and blessings are very much the same.

Last week-end four of us, two from India, one from Australia and myself spent several hours walking at the Vatican, literally from bottom to top. I remember walking to the top of the dome 32 years ago. It is just as high now and, I must admit, it takes a little longer to get there. I also enjoyed a visit at North American College with the Seminarians from Dubuque and Fr. Dennis Quint, Pastor at Dyersville, IA. Alan and I have had few meetings both counting our blessings and praying for hope and courage.

Br. Jose Rubio (Chewy) from the generalate asked me to be on a panel with him next week to assist with his presentation. Perhaps Alan will write about that next week. Time is going fast. There are just seven more days, but whose counting?

-Br. Stephen Markham

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