Bed­nar­czyk Ex­plores Vo­ca­tion

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / FEBRUARY 3, 2010 / - By JES­SICA GOOLSBY

Vo­ca­tion, vo­ca­tion, vo­ca­tion! Well, that’s not how the say­ing goes, but Brother Paul Bed­nar­czyk, CSC, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Na­tional Re­li­gious Vo­ca­tion Con­fer­ence, will def­i­nitely have you feel­ing oth­er­wise.

Bed­nar­czyk will present “Con­tem­po­rary Vo­ca­tion Min­istry: Chal­leng­ing, But Not Im­pos­si­ble” Feb. 20 and “ Build­ing a Cul­ture of Vo­ca­tion” Feb. 21 at the Mys­ti­cal Rose Ora­tory on the shared grounds of Saint Louis School, Mar­i­an­ist Cen­ter of Hawaii and Cham­i­nade Uni­ver­sity (3140 Wa­ialae Ave.) in an ef­fort to bet­ter ed­u­cate par­tic­i­pants on the cul­ture of vo­ca­tion.

Bed­nar­czyk’s Satur­day work­shop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; seat­ing will be on a first-come, first-serve ba­sis. The lec­ture ex­plores how a cul­ture of vo­ca­tion can be strength­ened and sup­ported and dis­cusses how all peo­ple can freely and will­ingly re­spond to God’s call to love and ser­vice within the church.

Sun­day’s lec­ture iden­ti­fies the best prac­tices of vo­ca­tion min­istry as out­lined in the NRVC/CARA study on re­li­gious vo­ca­tions, with sug­ges­tions on ways to im­ple­ment them in a re­li­gious in­sti­tute. Top­ics in­clude con­gre­ga­tional own­er­ship of vo­ca­tion min­istry; the use of me­dia and tech­nol­ogy; at­tract­ing and re­tain­ing candidates; and sug­ges­tions for an ef­fec­tive voca- tion pro­gram.

Both lec­tures are free and open to the pub­lic. For­more in­for­ma­tion on ei­ther pro­gram, call Brother Den­nis Sch­mitz at 735-4801.

Bed­nar­czyk has served as ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for NRVC since July 2002. A na­tive of Con­necti­cut, his prior min­istries in­clude 12 years of secondary ed­u­ca­tion in Mary­land and Rome, Italy, where he was a teacher, cam­pus min­is­ter and ad­min­is­tra­tor, and nine years as vo­ca­tion di­rec­tor for the Con­gre­ga­tion of Holy Cross, East­ern Prov­ince of Broth­ers. He also was a mem­ber of his Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil, where he served one term as di­rec­tor of for­ma­tion. He has writ­ten a num­ber of ar­ti­cles on re­li­gious life.

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