Mary, Mother and Model of Vocations

Wedding at Cana in Galilee

“His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, ‘Fill the jars with water’, and they filled them to the brim. ‘Draw some out now’ he told them ‘and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine.” John 2:1-11

“Every aspect of priestly formation can be referred to Mary, the human being who has responded better than any other to God’s call.  Mary became both the servant and the disciple of the Word to the point of conceiving, in her heart and in her flesh, the Word made man, so as to give him to mankind.  Mary was called to educate the one Eternal Priest, who became docile and subject to her motherly authority.  With her example and intercession, the Blessed Virgin keeps vigilant watch over the growth of vocations and priestly life in the Church.”

(Pope John Paul II, I Will Give You Shepherds, 1992.)

If you are living in the Diocese of Argyll and the Isles, you belong to one of the parishes and you would like to meet up to talk about God’s calling for your life, talk to your parish priest or please contact:

Canon John Paul MacKinnon
Argyll and the Isles Director of Priestly Vocations
Phone: 01871 810267