Youths from across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia attended the Brothers of Borromeo and Girls of Goretti Vocations Conferences (BBVC/GGVC) at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood on Wednesday, June 26.
Boys and girls from grades 6 through 8 enjoyed activities, sports, prayer, Mass, food and vocation stories from seminarians and religious sisters. The theme for the day was “Hold faith as a shield” (Eph. 6:16).
This was the seventh year for BBVC, and the first year that it was co-sponsored by the Vocations Offices in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Allentown. Youths had the unique opportunity to spend the day in fun and fellowship with the seminarians and priests, as well as religious sisters from area congregations, to hear about their vocation stories and to explore faith in a fun way.
Boys at BBVC heard guest speaker Todd Painton from Stewardship: A Mission of Faith.
The second annual GGVC is named after St. Maria Goretti, patron saint of teenage girls. This year was the first time it was held in conjunction with the boys’ event, making it easier for families to bring their children to one location on one day.
Similar in design to the boys’ conference, girls at the GGVC learned about vocations and more specifically the call to the religious life. The girls interacted with sisters from a variety of religious congregations and asked them questions. The girls were treated to a talk from guest speaker Sister Regina Ward, R.S.M.
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