On November 19, 2009, Fr. Andrew-Carl Wisdom, OP, Promoter of Vocations for the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great, spoke with DREs from around the diocese. Fr. Wisdom said that many of the toughest questions he gets about vocations are not from those discerning, but from their parents! Fr. Wisdom identified six common concerns parents have when their children are discerning a religious vocation: parents are often afraid of "losing" their children; mourn the loss of grandchildren in their future; worried about their child's financial security; afraid that their child will be lonely or unhappy; worried about a perceived loss of status for their child; and concerned about celibacy.
You can listen to Fr. Wisdom speak about each of these concerns and how he addresses them with parents:
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Fr. Wisdom also shared a new vocations video produced by his province. While focused on the Dominican Friars, the questions shared by the novices in the video speak to anyone diserning God's call.