Family Vocation Day Highlights

Family Vocation Day 2017

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  Come and be inspired by religious and priests from six states.  Experience prayer, learn more about the consecrated life, ask questions, and have a lot of fun throughout the day. To begin the day, His Excellency, James V. Johnston will celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  

All ages can attend– there will be tracks for young adults, 
parents (in English and Spanish), and children by age group,
as well as child care for ages 2-4.

Cost: $5 per person or $30 per family
(child care is $5 additional per child)


Child care will be offered at the Early Childhood Center, adjacent to the school building.  
Please note the following important information about child care:

  • Ages 2-4 may be enrolled in care for an additional $5 per child
  • Catechesis of the Good Shepherd will be offered during this time
  • Children may be dropped off as early as 9:40 AM (There will be no child care during Mass; please feed your child a morning snack before drop-off)
  • Child care will close during lunch hour; please pick up your child no later than 11:50 AM so that he/she may eat lunch with you.
  • Children may return to care at 12:50 PM. An afternoon snack will be provided.
  • Child care closes immediately after closing ceremonies, approximately 3:30 PM
  • If your child is not potty-trained or is in need of a change of clothing, you will be contacted to come and care for your child.
  • Weather-permitting, the children may play outside; please apply sunscreen and protective clothing as you see fit.

Clergy of the Kansas City Metro Area

Bishop Johnston

Bishop James V. Johnston

Fr. Joseph Totton

Fr. Joseph Totton

Fr. Leonard Gicheru

Fr. Leonard Gicheru

Fr. Vincent Rogers

Fr. Vincent Rogers

Fr. Joseph Cisetti

Fr. Joseph Cisetti Pastor- St. Therese

Fr. Gabriel Lickteig

Fr. Gabriel Lickteig

Fr. Joshua Barlett

Fr. Joshua Barlett

Fr. Stephen Hansen

Fr. Stephen Hansen

Fr. Andrew Mattingly

Fr. Andrew Mattingly

Fr. Olvin Giron

Fr. Olvin Giron

Kevin Drew

Fr. Kevin Drew

Fr. Adam Johnson

Fr. Adam Johnson
Vocation Director- KCSJ

Fr. Christian Malewski

Fr. Christian Malewski

Fr. Benjamin Kneib

Fr. Benjamin Kneib

Fr. Eric Schneider

Fr. Eric Schneider

Fr. Scott Wallisch Vocation Director- KCK

Keynote Speakers

Sisters Of St. Francis Of The Martyr St George

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George were founded by Mother M. Anselma Bopp in 1869 to “make the merciful love of Christ visible” in northern Germany.  That mission grew and spread to several countries including the United States where our sisters first arrived in 1923.  We serve in a variety of apostolates including healthcare and education and strive to live in union with the pierced heart of Jesus, receiving his love and bearing that to the world, simply ready in obedience to God’s call and attentive to the signs of the times.

SOLTThe Sisters of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT)
are disciples of Jesus through Mary, living in Marian Trinitarian communion, serving on ecclesial family teams in areas of deepest apostolic need.  The Sisters, along with SOLT Priests and laity, were founded in the United States in 1958 and currently serve in over 14 U.S. dioceses and in 11 countries world wide.  The S.O.L.T. Sisters in Kansas City serve the family through Our Lady's Montessori School - a Catholic Montessori early childhood program in Wyandotte County.  Learn more about us at and

Benedictines of Mary

The Benedictine of Mary, Queen of Apostles is a contemplative community of nuns located in Gower, Missouri. Consecrated to Mary in prayer for priests, the apostles of our day, they have espoused the traditional liturgical spirituality of St. Benedict with its prayerful balance of prayer and work. They are currently in the process of constructing their monastery Church for their rapidly growing community.

Marian Sisters

The Marian Sisters are a community dedicated to serving God and the church in the Diocese of Lincoln.  We serve in various apostolates of education, health care, and social work.  Doing God's will joyfully we seek to imitate Mary and St. Francis in all we do.

Legion of Christ

Fr JoshuaFr. Joshua West was born in Naples, Italy, and grew up in Virginia – the oldest of six children.  He joined the novitiate of the Legion of Christ in 1996 and was ordained a priest in 2009.  He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Theology and a Licentiate in Philosophy from Regina Apostolorum in Rome.  As a priest, he has served in California as vocation director for the Legion of Christ, Regnum Christi chaplain, school chaplain, and retreat center director.  He is currently based in Chicago and is chaplain for Regnum Christi in the Heartland (Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri).

Fr. Peter Krezalek, LC was born and raised in Poland as the Br Peteryoungest of three sons. He studied Civil Engineering in Krakow and then moved to Chicago where he graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with BS in Computer Science and from DePaul University with an MBA. At the age of 33 he realized that Jesus' earthly mission was coming to an end at that same age, yet what was he doing for Christ? This realization followed by seven years of re-discovering Christ and eventually leaving the world to follow Him more closely in the religious life. Br. Peter entered the Novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Ct, obtained BA in philosophy in Thornwood, NY and theology in Rome, Italy from Regina Apostolorum University and did one year of vocational work in Louisiana. He was ordained in Rome, Italy on Dec. 10, 2016. Now he has been assigned to the Chicago community as the chaplain to the Regnum Christi men's and women's sections in the Heartland locality.

Legion Of Christ


St. Therese Parish

 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City, MO

Timeline of Events

7:30 AM- Arrival and Check-In
8:00 AM- Rosary 
8:30 AM- Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Bishop Johnston 

School Cafeteria
9:30 AM- Breakfast and Opening Ceremonies

Assigned Locations
9:45 AM- Retreat Activities according to Age

School Cafeteria
12:00 PM- Lunch and Religious Talent Show

Assigned Locations
1:00 PM- Retreat Activities according to Age

School Cafeteria
3:00 PM- Closing Ceremonies

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

3 Minute CGS Video

Sister Servants Of MaryThe Sisters Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick is a religious Congregation of consecrated women located in Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and in 22 countries throughout the world. They live according to the charism of Saint Maria Soledad incarnating the words of Christ, "I was sick and you visited Me" through their apostolate of caring for the sick and dying in their own homes.

Sisters In Jesus The Lord

Sisters in Jesus the Lord is a religious community of missionary sisters serving in Kansas City, Missouri and in Vladivostok, Russia.  The Sisters in Jesus the Lord's charism is: 1) to live in Jesus, 2) to be one in mind and heart seeking God through liturgy, community, and service, and 3) to send sisters to countries where Catholicism has been heavily persecuted or has not yet been established and to help build up the Church in these areas of the world by assisting the priest in his work of building strong Catholic parishes.  The sisters do their work and prayers in the midst of the parish, including the parishioners in their praying of the liturgy of the hours and in their apostolates as much as possible.

Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus. Called to deep union with God in prayer, we, the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus, bring the fruits of our contemplation to our active apostolate.  In providing daycare centers for children and homes for seniors, we are called to be spiritual mothers to the young and the old and so many more.  It is love for Christ’s Sacred Heart and a desire to offer reparation to console His Heart that impel us to offer our lives and all that we are for the salvation of souls, just as the Carmelites of old.

Little Sisters Of The PoorLittle Sisters of the Poor
The mission of the Little Sisters of the Poor, around the world, is to welcome the elderly of low income as Christ, care for them as family and accompany each one with dignity until God calls them to himself.  We contribute to a Culture of Life in our Homes, striving to live the values of reverence, family spirit, humble service, compassion and stewardship.  Above all we desire “to do all to make the Residents happy” in imitation of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan. 

Sisters Of St. Francis Of The Holy Eucharist

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Eucharist is a small diocesan religious community in the Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph. It is a gift to the Church through Eucharistic Adoration, public witness, common and apostolic life. Focused on evangelization particularly through education the sisters are also involved in aid to the poor and needy and retreat ministry.


The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) is a Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical right, that is, a community of Roman Catholic priests who do not take religious vows, but who work together for a common mission in the world.  The mission of the Fraternity is two-fold:  first, the formation and sanctification of priests in the cadre of the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite, and secondly, the pastoral deployment of the priests in the service of the Church.

The priests of the Fraternity live in small communities and work to spread the Gospel by means of preaching, catechesis, youth education (scout troops, schools), and organizing pilgrimages and retreats, etc.  With the full approval of the Holy See and the permission of local bishops, the priests provide a full sacramental life for the faithful, administered according to the liturgical books of 1962.

Conception AbbeyConception Abbey: A Benedictine Monastery is located in northwest Missouri where all we do is dedicated to the glory of God as St. Benedict instructs in his Rule. We exist to praise God in our daily cycle of prayer and work, welcome guests, educate future priests, and share the Gospel. Learn more about us and know you are always welcome at Conception Abbey.

Fr. Paul Sheller, O.S.B., a Fr Paul Shellermonk of Conception Abbey, was ordained a priest in 2013. He serves as the Abbey Vocation Director and Chaplain at Conception Seminary College. 

“So that in all things God may be glorified.” – Rule of St. Benedict

St Benedicts AbbeySt. Benedict's Abbey: The Benedcitine monks take vows of stability, Conversatio Morum or conversion of life, and obedience.  Through these vows we live the Evangelical Counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience, modeled to us by Jesus Christ.  Stability makes St. Benedict's Abbey our home and plants our roots here.  We promise to live here and serve under an abbot, running on "the road that leads to salvation" until death.  Conversatio requires a growing fildelity to the monastic charism as it is lived in a particular community.  Monastic life has always entailed both pverty and chastity; these renunciations are an important aspect of seeking Christ with an undivided heart.  Obedience commends our will to the Father, like Christ who was obedient in all things.  We are obedient not only to the abbot, who holds the place of Christ in the monastery, but also to one another.

Br. Leven Harton is the Vocations Director for St. Benedict's Abbey in Br Leven HartonAtchison, KS.  He professed solemn vows in 2011 and is pursuing studies in English Literature, with the hope of serving as a professor of English at Benedictine College.  He also serves the community as Subprior.  Visit the Abbey's Website at