"I see the Lord working"
by Fr. Shaun O'Connor
I've always been amazed at the way God calls people to serve Him. My own call came when I was in high school. A good friend of mine died in a car accident. He and I had been part of a small group of friends who put out a weekly neighborhood newspaper in Daytona Beach, FL. That tragedy led me to think more deeply about my faith and to delve into the Bible. Before I had even finished high school, I began publishing a magazine of daily meditations and reflections on the Scriptures.
Later, I found an ad for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in a magazine. I visited their headquarters in Stockbridge, MA, and was impressed with the priests and brothers. And when I saw their printing and publishing operation, I knew I'd found a home.
Since joining the Marians, I've been able to work in a variety of ministries -- including teaching, leading retreats, leading pilgrimages, and working as director of the Association of Marian Helpers.
After nearly 20 years as a Marian priest, I'm still fascinated by the way God moves in people's lives and calls them to Himself. I'm presently leading a project to provide assisted living for low-income elderly in western Massachusetts. In my sacramental ministry and in giving spiritual direction and counseling, I see the Lord working in people's lives -- just as He continues to work in mine.
-- Fr. Shaun O'Connor, MIC
Dear Marian Friends,
Father Shaun's current project to provide assisted living for those in need is so inspiring. It's an example of Divine Mercy in action.
If you want to serve God where the need is greatest and are a young man considering a religious vocation, I'd enjoy talking with you about attending one of our "Come & See Weekends" at our house in Steubenville, OH, on either Oct. 19-21 or Oct. 26-28..
You also may contact me to request our free information about life as a Marian priest or brother.
In Mary Immaculate,
Fr. David Lord, MIC, Vocation Director
Marians of the Immaculate Conception
515 Belleview Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952
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