Monday, January 4, 2010
Jesuit and Fathers of Mercy Vocation Directors to Appear on CatholicTV
In the continuing spirit of Vocation Awareness Week, CatholicTV will feature 2 different Vocation Directors on the CatholicTV live talk show “This is the Day”. Fr. Jack Butler (pictured above), Director of Vocations for the New England Province of the Jesuits will appear on January 8th, while Fr. Tony Stephens, Vocation Director of the Fathers of Mercy will appear on January 12th.
“This is the Day” streams live at CatholicTV.com and is also viewable on CatholicTV where available, to find out what channel in your area please visit: http://www.catholictv.com/schedule/where-to-watch.aspx. The show will air live during the above dates at 10:30AM ET, will rebroadcast at 8PM the same day, and will also be added to the CatholicTV.com archives.
Jack Butler, S.J. also works as a campus minister at Boston College, where there is a center for vocational discernment called Manresa. The primary purpose of Manresa
House is to promote vocations to the Catholic Church. Every person has a specific call from God, whether it is priestly, religious, married or single life. Manresa hosts vocational discernment weekend visits to help students discover their vocation. College president Fr. William Leahy, SJ, also holds monthly discussion groups for those considering ministerial priesthood.
Fr. Jack Butler grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and entered the Society of Jesus in 1991. Fr. Butler is trained in counseling and has worked in prison ministry, hospitals treatment centers, the education apostolate, and formation within the Society.
Fr. Tony Stephens, C.P.M. was born in 1976 and is a native of Angelus, Kansas. In 1999, Fr. Tony graduated from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia. Discerning a call to religious life and the priesthood, he joined the Fathers of Mercy in 2000. He studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and was ordained a priest in 2005.
Father Tony Stephens
The Society of Jesus a.k.a. the “Jesuits” is the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church, with over 18,000 members. The founder of the Jesuits was St. Ignatius of Loyola.
The Congregation of the Fathers of Mercy was founded in 1808, originally under the title of "the Missionaries of France." It is now an exclusively American community, headquartered in Kentucky. The primary apostolate of the Fathers of Mercy is to conduct parish missions and retreats in an effort to re-evangelize and revitalize the faith of those who hear.
These episodes of “This is the Day” will be available on the site’s archives starting the same night of the broadcast day. All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen. Paste this URL into your browser in order to access the “This is the Day” video archives. http://www.CatholicTV.com/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=72