Young people of the diocese are invited to “The Tenth Hour: Discerning with the Bishop,” a vocation event to be held Wednesday, August 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Divine Mercy Parish, 592 S. Main St., Central Square.

The evening will include time with Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, prayer, worship, music, short workshops, and a Chick-fil-A picnic dinner. The event is hosted by the diocesan Vocation Team, which focuses on the recruitment of candidates for the priesthood and collaborates with vocations directors of religious orders to increase awareness of religious life.

The Tenth Hour is a new expansion of the long-running Bishop’s Vocations Picnic. The name is inspired by the Gospel of John: “The next day John was there again with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said ‘Behold, the Lamb of God.’ The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi (teacher), where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come, and you will see.’ So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon” (Jn 1:35-42). Four in the afternoon is “the tenth hour, from sunrise, in the Roman calculation of time” (USCCB).

Those interested in attending The Tenth Hour should RSVP no later than August 6 to Father Joe O’Connor at or (315) 470-1468.

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