Quito (Ecuador) - The Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) of Ecuador have organized a series of online activities in this month of July, as part of the celebration of the National Day of Prayer and Solidarity in favor of native Vocations in mission territories , of which the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle in particular deals with.
The program, according to information sent to Fides, includes a series of appointments on the social networks of the PMS and Cemina (National Missionary Center), at 7.30 pm, from Monday, July 5 to Sunday, July 25, the day on which the National Day of Prayer and Solidarity for Native Vocations will ne held, with the motto "May no vocation be lost due to lack of economic resources". The first meeting, dedicated to the presentation of the Day, was led by Sister Marina Aguilar, of the Santa Mariana de Jesus Institute, National Director of the PMS. The other meetings will be dedicated to the presentation of the 8 Apostolic Vicariates of Ecuador: Puyo and Galapagos, Mendez and Esmeraldas, Aguarico and Zamora, Napo and Sucumbios. On Friday, July 23, native Vocations will be discussed in the dioceses of Babahoyo and San Jacinto, while the Missionary Childhood and Adolescence (IAM) will participate in the meeting on Saturday, July 24, through a contest of drawings and poems "in search of the best missionary" . On Sunday, July 25, the Day will be celebrated in all parishes and dioceses of Ecuador.
As Fr Guy Bognon, PSS, Secretary General of the Pontifical Society of St. Peter the Apostle (POSPA) recently pointed out in an interview with Fides (see Fides, 24/4/2021), "priestly vocations come largely from economically modest contexts, from families who cannot afford all the expenses required by the long and demanding priesthood formation. But the formation of a young man who feels the divine call is not only a matter of his family, not even only of his parish of origin, it is a matter of the entire universal Church. For this reason, seminaries and houses of religious formation need the generous collaboration of all the faithful to give candidates the adequate formation that allows them to be pastors and missionaries for the Church". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 8/7/2021)