Serra Club of Kamloops Diocese...What do we do?
The Serra Club of the Kamloops Diocese is part of an International organization promoting and supporting future and existing vocations with the approval of His Excellency Bishop Joseph Nguyen. Serrans are lay Catholics - men and women of all ages and from all walks of life. We all share the same dedication to promoting and fostering vocations. We, as a club sponsor programs, dinners, retreats, support altar servers and generally promote and support vocations in any way we can.
We are always accepting new members with involvement ranging from volunteering, sharing ideas, or simply praying for vocations and our existing Clergy and Religious: all worthwhile endeavors in promoting and fostering vocations. If you would like more information, contact Catherine email@example.com and check back here at Vocation Place to keep up to date on what we are doing.
The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed.
Father Ajin George
North Thompson Parishes
“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.” John 15:16
I was born in 1980. I had a childhood without much presence of my parents. I was raised by my grandma since my infancy and had a very strict environment all my childhood. I missed growing up with my younger siblings. Although my grandma was very strict in bringing me up, it did help me to grow in many ways even in my vocation to the priesthood.
I was an Altar Boy at my home parish where I had all my faith formation: catechesis, First Communion, Confirmation etc. The priests I met back then were very friendly and kind. Their kindness and my experience of it was one of the early inspirations I had to become a priest. My grandma encouraged me as did my parents. Everyone was supportive of this growing desire within me to know God more intimately. My grandma used to take me to church every day to participate in the Mass. I grew up feeling alone and that likely contributed to my introverted personality but when I attended Mass, I did not feel alone.
I joined the Seminary in June 1995. I was excited, but it was a little bit overwhelming for me. The biggest struggle I felt was missing my home. I was terribly homesick, so I decided to go home. I wasn’t courageous enough to take that decision because I knew that no one in my family would support my decision. I couldn’t stay in the Seminary because I was literally crying to go home. I let my parents know about it. My mom and uncle came to take me home, but my dad wouldn’t come because he wasn’t happy with my decision. I returned home after only a few months in the Seminary. My dad said that I couldn’t stay home and needed to go back to the Seminary. I wanted to be with my parents and siblings even though I still had the strong desire to become a priest. I prayed and so did my parents. I spent two years at home with my parents and completed my Grade 11 and 12. Meanwhile, the interest I had to join the Seminary decreased during these two years. I wanted to do some other studies and get a job. Towards the end of my Grade 12, I had this desire coming again stronger that I should become a priest. Nobody pushed me, it was a strong desire from within. I decided to join the Seminary again. I joined the seminary again in 1997 with a desire that no matter what, I wouldn’t let anything stop me from becoming a priest. But things hadn’t changed, I became homesick again. This time I didn’t tell anyone, instead I took it as a challenge to myself on my journey to become a priest. It’s always been a struggle for me and it’s still.
I was ordained on December 27 in 2007. My first Mass was on December 29, 2007.
My journey all these years taught me that Priesthood is a Loving call and gift from the Lord and I can’t earn it with my eligibility but can live it with His Grace. It’s His Choice always and my yes to His choice everyday. His appointment is my strength and without Him I’m weak and not able to live it.
With Apostle Paul I would like say that I can’t claim that I have earned it but still running the race as much as I can totally relying on God’s Grace and on His people’s prayers.
Thanks be to God Fr.Ajin