LINCOLN (SNR) – The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court William McDonald #1009 hosted a panel discussion on vocations March 7.
The featured guests were mothers of priests, women religious, and seminarians from St. Cecilia and St. Michael parishes in Hastings. They spoke about their children’s paths to their vocations.
The event was led by Marie Butler, regent. Committee chairs Joyce Psota and Cathie Genung arranged for and questioned the panel.
“The mothers were very candid with their answers to various questions,” Butler said. She explained that some of the women were aware of their sons’ and daughters’ callings from a young age, while others learned of their vocations after graduating from college.
They credited various priests and teachers, ministries and retreats, and Catholic schools with helping them answer their calls to religious life or the priesthood.
The panel included Mary Ann Dobrovolny, mother of Sister Mary Kay; Dona Salisbury, mother of Father Ryan Salisbury; Ethel Brouilliette, mother of Father Tom Brouillette; Dee Schultes, mother of Father Tom Schultes; Sharon Oldham, mother of Father David Oldham; Nancy McWhirter, mother of Sister Tatum of the Apostles of Interior Life; Deb Wahlmeier, mother of seminarians Joseph and Isaac; and Kelleen Redinger, mother of seminarian Louden Redinger.
The Catholic Daughters continue to open meetings with prayer for vocations and gives financial support to the seminary burse and present seminarians and sisters.