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Called and Chosen: A Retreat Guide on Vocation & the Calling of St. Matthew

September 20, 2018 by  
Filed under FEATURED, Fr. Bartunek, Retreat Guides, Vocations

Called and Chosen:
A Retreat Guide on Vocation & the Calling of St. Matthew

Editor's Note: Tomorrow is the feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. We can prepare for that by watching Fr. John Bartunek's retreat guide on vocation and the calling of St. Matthew, introduced to us in this post today. This guide is available as a video, audio, or as a PDF companion guide.

Many people nowadays talk about a shortage of priests and dwindling numbers of consecrated men and women.

Does this mean that God has stopped calling young men and women to serve him and his Church with the total gift of self?

Certainly not.

In this Retreat Guide on Vocation and the Calling of St. Matthew, we will go back and reflect on what it means for every single one of us to hear and heed the voice of the Lord in our lives:

  • The First Meditation will look at some of Jesus’ teaching about what a vocation really is.
  • The Second Meditation will focus on the calling of St. Matthew and its unforgettable depiction in Caravaggio’s masterpiece baroque painting.
  • The Conference will give some practical guidelines that we can all use to discern our own vocation, or to help others discern theirs.

May God bless you and keep you!

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, SThD


Art for this post on this retreat guide on St. Matthew: Logo for Called and Chosen – A Retreat Guide on Vocation and the Calling of St. Matthew courtesy of rcspirituality.org and used with permission.

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About Fr. John Bartunek, LC

Fr. John Bartunek, LC, S.Th.D, received his BA in History from Stanford University in 1990. He comes from an evangelical Christian background and became a member of the Catholic Church in 1991. After college, he worked as a high school history teacher, drama director, and baseball coach. He then spent a year as a professional actor in Chicago before entering the religious Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ in 1993. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 and earned his doctorate in moral theology in 2010. He provided spiritual support on the set of Mel Gibson’s "The Passion of the Christ" while researching the 2005 Catholic best seller, "Inside the Passion"--the only authorized, behind-the-scene explanation of the film. Fr. John has contributed news commentary regarding religious issues on NBC, CNN, Fox, and the BBC. He also served as the English-language press liaison for the Vatican’s 2005 Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist. His most widely known book is called: "The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer". His most recent books are "Spring Meditations", "Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength", and "Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions". Fr. John currently splits his time between Michigan (where he continues his writing apostolate and serves as a confessor and spiritual director at the Queen of the Family Retreat Center) and Rome, where he teaches theology at Regina Apostolorum. His online, do-it-yourself retreats are available at RCSpirituality.org, and he answers questions about the spiritual life at SpiritualDirection.com.

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