Seminarians of St Peter’s Regional Seminary, Pedu, have been charged to make a difference in the world, and especially in living the vocation they have been called to embrace. Preaching a day’s recollection for the seminarians, as part of preparations for the ceremonies for institution of lectors and acolytes, as well as reception of some seminarians as candidates for Holy Orders, Rev. Fr. George A. Baidoo shared practical stories of how young people across the world have in their own small ways made a difference in the community they find themselves, and the world as a whole. It is in this light that Fr. Baidoo was hopeful that it is possible for the young men, who are discerning their vocation to the Priesthood, to begin to make a difference even in the seminary, their parishes, and in the Church in general.
Fr. Baidoo, who is the Chaplain of Holy Child Senior High School in Cape Coast, led the participants to realize that it is possible for them to make a difference wherever they found themselves. By identifying a problem, carefully analyzing the problem, and taking initial steps to tackle the problem, one can be sure of being on the road to making a difference. And once we make the effort, we are sure of receiving some form of assistance.
On the question of how to make a difference, Fr. Baidoo shared some few thoughts with the seminarians. First, it is important to know what you are stepping into in order to make a difference. Being ignorant about the situation is a recipe for disaster. Again, the seminarian must be ready to make sacrifices in order to make a difference; reward should never be the priority. He charged seminarians to move away from the crave for material things, and to rather work hard at winning the trust of the people placed in their care. He was optimistic that the seminarian today has all it takes to make a difference in this world, and therefore dared them to rise up to the occasion to be different seminarians who bring true meaning to their vocation, and to the lives of the people they encounter.
The recollection was concluded with a penitential service and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.
Story by: Wisdom Martin Kongor