IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Celebrating vocations

To mark National Vocations Awareness Week, being celebrated Nov. 2 to 8, the Office of Vocation Promotion and Syracuse Catholic Television have partnered to share the stories of five individuals serving in the diocese who have discerned vocations to the priesthood or consecrated life.

   “National Vocation Awareness Week is a great opportunity for some of the sisters and priests of our diocese to share a bit about their own lives,” said Father Joe O’Connor, director of the Office of Vocation Promotion.

    Father Michael Galuppi, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Endicott; Sister Caryn Crook, OSF, vocations director for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities; Msgr. Michael Meagher, pastor of Ss. John and Andrew Church in Binghamton; Sister Laura Buffano, CSJ, associate director of the Office of Pastoral Planning; and Father O’Connor will each be featured in the series.

   The subjects represent a cross-section of the Church, Father O’Connor said, offering a variety of experiences and perspectives. In the interviews, subjects reflect on the joy of religious life, speak about handling increased demands, look forward to the Year of Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis and offer advice to those who may be discerning religious vocations.

    A new interview will be made available each day beginning Nov. 3. Visit CTV’s YouTube channel at to watch, share and support vocations!

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