The church of the Child Jesus in Boeung Tompun held a night of prayer for vocations for the 78th time in line with the guidance of the Catholic diocese of Phnom Penh in order for youth in Cambodia to answer the call of God, thereby offering themselves as religious life, serving the Church and people.
The prayer took place in the presence of Bishop Olivier Schmittaeusler of Phnom Penh. Priests and other missionaries including the large number of Catholics also took part in this event on the evening of 3rd January 2019 in Boeung Tompun I quarter, Meanchey district of Phnom Penh.
On the occasion, His Lordship reminded the Catholics of the experience when the Nativity of Jesus was observed in the year 2018 at each parish. He said that at that time there were a lot of non-Catholics attending the celebrations. It was because of a time to be happy together and exchange presents. Because they understood that the day when we become one family leading to forgetting of problems, sorrows and live in hope.
In his homily, Bishop Olivier advised the Catholics, especially the youth: “Tonight, we pray for the 78th time for vocations. May we pay more attention because our Church has very many missionaries, but those missionaries are not sufficient to serve as priests and brothers as well as nuns yet.”
“We must have the priests and nuns who live with the brethren just as Jesus in ancient times to encourage, educate and inspire them and to act as John the Baptist did. It is the role of the priests, the nuns, and the brothers who are to show Jesus to the brethren and receive the water, which leads to eternal life as the Samarian woman experienced,” continued the Bishop.
Bishop Olivier instructed the Catholics to do what it takes to discover a clear way and a clear goal in life by prayer. Moreover, there are Catholic families focusing their attention on a special atmosphere because the vocations had grown and made progress in families.
The Bishop also asked the youth to respond to the call of God and give a special priority in each diocese in order to fulfill the mission bestowed on them by God. He also said: “Because our Church is a very small one, tonight we pray and continue into full night of thanking God and petitioning Him to dwell in us always.”
The Catholic diocese of Phnom Penh has held the night of prayer for vocations every month in various places of the diocese for some six years. As a result, the Church received four youth into the priesthood in each diocese and there are a lot of youth offering their lives to making their vows in the congregations of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), Providence of Portieux Sisters (PP), Sisters Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (SIHM) (Kampong Thom), Sisters Lovers of the Cross and Sister Servants of Jesus.