On the Road

Called to Imitate the Disciples

Written by: Denise Serafini on Wednesday, June 07, 2017

This is the second time we have been invited to come to the St. Vincent de Paul church in Denver. It was our inaugural event for our Year of Mercy Tour in 2016. The theme last year was Celebrating Mercy and of course this year we have the Call from the Crucified Heart, highlighting Jesus’ words to us from the cross and Mary’s role as she accompanied Jesus to Calvary.

Titus Conwell, the sir knight that helped us with this year’s tour, was someone we had met on our previous visit. We had a little lull in the stream of the faithful that were coming in for veneration and Titus was the one that lead us in the rosary. Titus was one knight that stood out for us because of his demonstration as a truly prayerful individual. You could tell he prayed the rosary often by the way the recitation of the mysteries, decades and followup prayers flowed off his tongue.

Titus brought the icon of the Holy Family along for this event that we might offer our prayers in support of the culture of life. The dedication was made during the introduction.

The mission of this parish is to “Go and make disciples” (Mt. 28:19), and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to build the Kingdom of God. In our presentation this year, we highlight the relic of the Holy Apostles, encouraging the faithful to recognize that we are all called to discipleship. We are called as the disciples were to be examples of the faith. We are also called to step out in support of the principles of our faith on issues of life, marriage and family. Like the Apostles we are also inspired by the Holy Spirit, although it may not be as obvious as it was for them at Pentecost. The fire of the Holy Spirit comes upon us in terms of inspiration to be witnesses of His love, joy and mercy in our works of kindness and service to our fellow man.

In imitation of the Apostles, St. Vincent de Paul demonstrated his discipleship in his dedication to serving the poor. He was noted for his compassion, humility and generosity and is still known as the "Great Apostle of Charity". The example he set still bears fruit today in the many organizations (operating as ministers for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul) established to continue his mission to provide assistance and other resources for the poor.

True to their mission, he ministries that have grown from the roots of this parish bear witness to the fruits of the Holy Spirit in their efforts to promote the charisms of St. Vincent de Paul.