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Catholics on Call July 2013 Newsletter


As you can tell from our slightly shortened Partner Calendar, things are slowing down for the summer everywhere. Everywhere, except the Catholics on Call office. Here at CTU we are getting ready to welcome more than 40 young men and women for our annual young adult conference from August 6-10.

In their application our participants are asked to describe how they envision using their gifts and skills in ministry. And if you ever worry about the future of Church ministry, you should read their answers. Here are some of them:
  • My strongest desire is to serve others in whatever ways they need.
  • I believe myself to be a very good communicator, both providing reassurance to those in need as well as simply listening when others need to share.
  • I can see myself doing wonderful things to teach the young people about God but also helping realize the relationship they could have with God as they get older.
  • I have deep concerns for peace in the world and I think my life would be best spent towards that end. 

At this point, I would like to thank all of our partners for recommending such a great group of young adults and for calling them forth to be leaders in our communities and serve the Church. 


Have a blessed summer and happy 4th of July! 

Birgit Oberhofer
Assistant Director  
Scripture Reflection: Following Christ - A Reason to Rejoice? 

cactus in bloom These readings start out in a celebratory manner.  The first word spoken by the Lord in Isaiah is "Rejoice!"  The Lord promises every good thing to his people. The chorus of the Psalm focuses on joy - the praise of the Lord.  Even the reading from Galatians has a certain elation to it: "Let me boast... in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ."  Then the Gospel hits us: laborers are few; you are like sheep among wolves; shake the dust from your feet; remember Sodom and Gomorrah.  Jesus realizes what he is asking his disciples to do.  Take nothing with you: no contingency plans, no back-up supplies.
Read the rest of the reflection by CoC alumna Beth Zagrobelny  

Reflections on Call: Living with a Grateful Heart 

journal writing So it's July and after six months I am still sticking to my New Year's resolution! An exciting first for me since usually failure strikes by mid-February when my attempts to get the gym everyday or not eat so much junk food start to crumble. This year my goal has been to keep a gratitude journal.  The idea was to compile a list of 1000 things that I am grateful for over the course of the year.
Read the rest of the reflection by CoC alumna Molly Hickey  

Summer Conference: We are still accepting applications! 

small group We are still accepting applications for our young adult summer conference! The conference is scheduled for August 6-10, 2013 at CTU, Chicago. Help us spread the word and recommend Catholics on Call to the young adults you minister to, to co-workers, family members and friends.    

Click here to download the application or to apply online. 

Partner Conference 2013 

Hahnenberg The 2013 Catholics on Call Partner Conference Vocation - Waking Up to a New Understanding will take place on September 19-20, 2013 at CTU, Chicago. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Edward P. Hahnenberg, a well-known speaker, theologian and author of the book Awakening Vocation. Professor Hahnenberg will talk about the notion of vocation over the centuries and a renewed theology of God's call.

To learn more about the conference and to register please download the invitation flyer and the registration form from our website. 

Partner Calendar of Events

Ongoing Events:

July 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

9:00 AM Reach Out 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013
5:00 PM Project Good Help Summer Service Program

Sunday, July 14, 2013
Online Retreats

Monday, July 15, 2013
Glenmary Home Missioners Come & See Summer Mission Trip

August 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013


Catholics on Call is a national vocation discovery program for young adult men and women
who are seeking insight into life and wondering what God has to say.