Young men of high school and college age joined the Diocese of Sioux City's Vocations Office and diocesan seminarians for a discernment weekend called Quo Vadis. The 2023 reatreat was held Aug. 4 to 6.
Father Travis Crotty, chaplain for St. Serra of Siouxland, installed officers, committee VPs and trustees for the next term before their monthly meeting, at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Michael Church in Sioux City. This ministry encourages all to join them in praying for our priests and consecrated religious …past, present and future.
Along with Fr. Shane Deman and the seminarians for the Diocese of Sioux City, I would like to invite you to attend our Quo Vadis discernment retreat free of charge. We usually host this annual retreat at a camp on Lake Okoboji, however this year our retreat falls on the same weekend as Bishop Nickless’ 50th anniversary of priestly ordination. We will host Quo Vadis in and around Sioux City to celebrate the gift of the priesthood in the life of our bishop. We will stay in cabins near Salix, IA. The weekend will include a beautiful cathedral Mass, various witness talks given by our seminarians and time to pray and discern with brothers who are open to the possibility of God calling them to the priesthood in the Diocese of Sioux City. Quo Vadis means, “Where are you going?” It is believed that when Peter was trying to flee Rome due to persecution, he encountered Jesus in a vision who asked him, “Quo Vadis?” This question led Peter to experience conversion and ultimately his martyrdom for Christ. We each need to allow Jesus the space to ask us this question. Please consider attending the Quo Vadis retreat. To register for Quo Vadis please email Michelle in the Vocations Office at email@example.com. God bless, Fr. Travis Crotty
Deacon Peter Khoan Van Pham, a transitional deacon, will be ordained by Bishop Walker Nickless to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Sioux City. The June 3 ordination Mass at 10 a.m. will be held at Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City. The liturgy will be livestreamed on the diocese's YouTube chanel - youtube.com/DioceseofSiouxCity - and Father Brent Lingle, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Storm Lake will offer commentary.
Father Travis Crotty, vocation director for the Diocese of Sioux City, and diocesan seminarian Anthony Vera visited Remsen St. Mary High School on May 17. The two spoke to the students about the vocation to holiness which prepares us to discern priesthood and religious life.
Our seminarian Garrett Hugeback, will be graduating from Conception Seminary College. The college will livestream the ceremony Saturday, May 13 at 3 p.m. at this link: https://www.conception.edu/seminary/live/ for anyone who would like to view it. A worship aid/program is available for download at this address. The May 14 Mass of Thanksgiving will also be livestreamed and a worship aid is available for download. Please pray for Garrett, all our seminarians and pray for vocations.
Father Travis Crotty celebrated Mass with home school families throughout the diocese on May 5 in Sioux City. In addition to the Mass, the families also took part in a service day at Mary's Choice Pregnancy and Family Resource Center.
Father Travis Crotty, vocations director, was able to speak to diocesan fifth graders April 27 about vocations. Fifth graders who are students at diocesan Catholic schools attended a Mass celebrated by Bishop Walker Nickless at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City. The vocations director asked the students to discern what God wanted for their lives.
Recognizing the impact of prayer, Bishop Walker Nickless promulgated a decree in August of 2022 to inaugurate a Year of Vocations. He identified four days of prayer and fasting. Sept. 16, 2022 - for deacons, priests and bishops and increase in vocations. Dec. 16, 2022 - for the vocation of single life. March 24, 2023 - for consecrated men and women. June 16, 2023 - for married and engaged couples.
Join our seminarians for a weekend of prayer, fun, and fraternity during the weekend of August 5-7th. The seminarians led the retreat participants in discernment activities to ponder where the Lord is leading them and in which vocation they will eventually serve. If you would like to participate in the next Quo Vadis Retreat, please contact the Vocations Office.