Vocation camp underway in Kiphire
Dimapur, June 25 (EMN): A three-day diocesan vocation camp for students from Classes VII to XII got underway on June 24 at St. Peter’s Church, Kiphire. Altogether 97 selected students from Shamator, Sitimi, Meluri, Pungro, Phvkhiu and Kiphire are attending the camp.
At the inaugural programme, Rev. Fr. Ntonse John, parish priest of St. Peter’s parish, Kiphire, welcomed all the young campers and made them feel at home, while Rev. Fr. Renthungo Victor, vocation promoter from Diocese of Kohima set the tone to the programme.
In his speech, Rev. Fr. Renthungo Victor stated that a vocation is a personal call from God (Is. 43:1, Gal. 1:15, Eph. 1.4). He added that promotion of vocation to priesthood and consecrated life and to discern it is a serious responsibility of the church. He recommended children to pray, reflect and discern the will of God.
Rev. Fr. Lawrence Khing, Director of Nagaland Catholic Youth Movement, addressed the campers on the theme ‘Vocation the gift of God’s love’ by elaborating on the love of God in each person’s life.
Stating that vocation is a way of life and not merely a profession, he encouraged the gathering to be more realistic in making decisions in life. He exhorted on the need to listen and recognise the voice of God.
Rev. Fr. George Vekupa, assistant priest of St. Peter’s Church, Kiphire, spoke on the theme ‘Vocation and Holy Eucharist.’ He added that Christian life is centred on the Eucharist and it is the source and summit. He also celebrated the Holy Mass. In his homily, he enlightened the boys and girls to answer the call of God by listening to their inner voice.
Rev. Fr. Leo Chase, assistant priest of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Shamatore, presented a session on the topic ‘vocation and culture.’ He highlighted on the importance of being one with the people and culture. He said that culture and vocation is inseparable since they are God’s gift. He urged the children to pray continuously to find that inner desire.
The camp ended with a get together, where varieties of items were presented by the groups. Fr. Renthungo Victor expressed gratitude to the participants, fathers, sisters, religious men and women and particularly to the St. Peter’s Parish community, Kiphire, and to all well wishers for making the camp a grand success.