Welcome to I will Lower my Net – a weekly blog on vocations. I am Father Bill Barron, the Assistant Vocations Director for the Diocese of Erie. I am also a Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Peace Parish in Erie. I was ordained to the priesthood for the Erie Diocese in 2007.
This weekly article, our Vocations Office website, and the “I will Lower my Net” Facebook group is especially focused on those discerning a call to the seminary. Yet, all are welcome! The Vocations Office is not only for those thinking about entering St. Mark Seminary Formation Program, but for all those who wish to support vocations. This includes current seminarians, priests, religious, deacons, educators, catechists, youth, adults, parents, even Bishop Trautman (is he on Facebook? I don’t think so…). We support vocations for both for the Erie Diocese and the world-wide Catholic Church.
I invite you to spread the word about I will Lower my Net, and the Vocations Office website, www.eriercd.org/seminary.asp. You may know Fr. Steve Schreiber, who is the Vocations Director for the Diocese. He also does great work as Sacramental Minister at Cathedral Prep, and as the Diocesan Youth Director. He writes a weekly article for the Youth Office called On the Vine (www.eriercd.org/vine.asp). I encourage you to see what 1980’s pop culture references are emanating from his overactive mind this week.
Rich and Kathy Papalia, a husband/wife dynamic duo, work for the Communications Office of the Diocese. This website and blog is the fruit of their creativity. I thank them for making the blog and website possible. I will be the administrator of the Facebook group. Please search for us on Facebook, under the title, I will Lower my Net.
Why the name, I will Lower my Net? It is from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 5, verse 4 (get your Bible off of the shelf and read chapter 5 of Luke, the call of St. Peter). Each of us is created by God for a reason – there is no such thing as an accidental person. At some point in each of our lives, we grow weary of the everyday routine. At those times, Jesus comes to us (He hops in our boat, sort of!). In our weariness, He says to us, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.” Each of us receives such a calling from Christ, a vocation. What will your response be? Will you lower your net?
I hope that you will. The Erie Vocations Office is here to aid you to hear the voice of Christ, and put out into the deep. Stay tuned. God bless!