Abbey Vocation Volunteer Network (AVVN)
Dear friends of Our Lady of New Clairvaux Abbey,
I have exciting news to share with you as we unveil our special new project which we believe will have a tremendous impact on the effectiveness of our vocation ministry!
As vocation director, one of my greatest challenges has been trying to find ways to make known and spread the Good News of Contemplative life in the Church; to let today’s young people know about the awesome opportunity to serve God in Monastic life. How can I get this invitation in front of those prayerful and generous young people whom God is preparing to respond to a call to monastic life? Especially since our vocation ‘territory’ covers all of California and the Western states (and with modern communication and travel, really the whole U.S.!)?
As I prayed and reflected on this question I realized: I need help! That is why I come to you today to unveil our new network of vocation helpers: what we call the Abbey Vocation Volunteer Network (A.V.V.N.)!
What is Involved
The idea is very simple:
1. Interested friends of the Abbey volunteer to distribute our vocational material in their home area in places where the young, prayerful men God Has His eye on will be able to encounter it. This could include: the local parish, Newman Centers, College Ministry sites, prayer groups, Young Adult groups, etc. You may know other opportune places in your area. Even if you could cover only one site, we would be grateful!
2. Having received your contact information and the site or sites you would like to cover, we would enter you into our Volunteer Network Database so there would be no duplication of effort.
3. We would then e-mail (or mail) you our material. You would simply print and post.
NOTE: It is very important to get the pastor or responsible parties’ permission before posting or leaving handouts at any site!
An Instrument of Grace
It is our conviction that God already knows the persons selected to receive our message; you will have played your part in spreading His invitation to a special soul to say YES to a powerful and exceedingly fruitful life in the Church; a life that imparts much necessary grace to needful souls. And know that you have the prayers of the Abbey monks to support you!
Thank you so much for your consideration. May God Bless you and reward you according to His own super-abundant Grace and Riches!
How to Sign Up
Those interested in becoming charter members of the A.V.V.N., or with any questions or comments, may contact Br. Christopher at: firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out contact form below. We would greatly appreciate help in distributing material for our upcoming Life Discernment Weekend at the Abbey set for this Oct. 10-12. Thank you!
Brother Christopher Cheney, OCSO