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12 September 16, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC VOCATING www.upcatholic.org Youth programs assist in prospering a variety of vocations BY JAMIE CARTER THE U.P. CATHOLIC It was through studying and teach- ing the faith that I learned more about what a vocation really is. That we are all called first and foremost to holiness, and to become more aware of Gods calling in every moment of life, said Brigette Hartges. One primary goal of youth ministry programs in the diocese is to bring a deeper understanding of discipleship, and through that prosper the aware- ness of vocations. This has been a large part of programs such as Youth En- counter Christ, Baraga Youth Fraterni- ty, Totus Tuus, and participation in the Steubenville Conferences. In the four summers of the Totus Tuus program in the diocese, 30 young adults have given their summers to serve as missionaries in teaching faith to youth. Through the giving of them- selves for an entire summer, it has in return aided many of them in finding or discerning the vocation to which God is calling them. DISCERNING GOD'S CALL Hartges, a native of Stephenson served with the program for three summers. My vocation isnt always clear and I dont always feel like I know exactly what God wants me to do with my life. But, I do know that He calls me to trust in Him, and to take active steps to find where He is leading me. According to Hartges, though her vocation has not become completely evident to her, through prayer she has recog- nized that God is calling her to serve others. Hartges recently began serv- ing on the missionary staff at The Pines Catholic Camp in Big Sandy, Texas. She is working with eight other missionaries to lead retreats throughout the year for students in fifth grade through high school. A VOCATION TO MARRIAGE Luke Gregory, originally from Escanaba, served during the in- augural year in 2013, with Hart- fes as one of his teammates. Gregory entered his summer of Totus Tuus looking for Gods plan, as just a few weeks prior he had discerned out of the seminary. During the summer, Gregory ended up receiving a teaching job at a Catholic School in Colorado that ulti- mately led him to the vocation of marriage. I believe that it was in giving God my summer vacation to serve Him and His Church that He rewarded my selflessness, said Gregory. Gregory met his future wife, Teresa, a fellow colleague at the school where he was teach- ing. The couple was married last year, and daily they live out their call to marriage as a vocation. We begin and end each day praying together and frequent the sacraments together. In addition, the couple serves their parish in assisting to prepare candidates in RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), lead confirmation retreats, serve in various ministries at Mass and take part in pro-life events. The couple now resides in Newton, Iowa, where Gregory works as the director of lifelong formation at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. According to Gregory they live exactly halfway be- tween each set of parents, and they see that as a part of Gods plan. Needless to say, in the words of a wise Polish priest Teresa and I know from Colora- do, 'God knows what He is doing.' DISCERNING RELIGIOUS LIFE Gina Armock, a 2015 missionary, is currently discerning a call to religious s a k t a w h c t n s i T S w COURTESY PHOTO Luke and Teresa Gregory on their wedding day in August of 2015. Luke Gregory served as member of Totus Tuus in 2013, and is now living out his voca- tion of marriage. GERARD LAUZON NORTH LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY Brigette Hartges teaches a fifth and sixth grade class in Bessemer during her second year of Totus Tuus in 2014. Hartges served with the program for three summers. CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 Dewitt Church Goods Inc. Restore the beauty of your tabernacle. Call today! Toll Free 1-866-950-3378

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