Jesuit High School in Tampa recently hosted Vocation Day, which included a series of vocation awareness events involving Jesuits of this province.
Seven upperclassmen were welcomed to the Jesuit Community for Mass, social and supper. Father Randy Gibbens urged these young men to consider whether the way they live their lives helps others see Christ, and asked them to name individuals who have inspired their faith.
During an all-school assembly the following day, the Jesuit community took the stage to field questions from students. They provided insight into Jesuit life, including the paths taken by individual Jesuits at the school.
Father Gibbens shared three points of advice specifically for the seniors about to graduate and go off to college, advising them to work hard, take responsibility for their life, treat people well and make time for God. Later Fr. Gibbens and novice Ian Peoples spoke to the theology class about Jesuit formation and shared their own vocation stories.
They also hosted freshmen and sophomores for a discussion about vocations over pizza. The Jesuits were encouraged to learn that many of the young men already were thinking about a vocation to the priesthood and religious life.
It was a great event that allowed the school body to come to know the Jesuit community a bit better.