One of my Catholic friends and I were talking about a Catholic conference/retreat that several teens from her parish attended recently. It was a very exciting weekend for these kids and they came back enthusiastic to share the love of Christ with others. Actually, I am not Catholic but my daughter almost went as well but we held her back since she was leaving for a missions trip overseas the next day...sacrifices!
One thing that my friend told me that concerned her was an active effort to ask the young men to come forward to show their openness to a calling for the priesthood. While she believes that we all should be open to God's call in our life to serve whether it be as a priest, nun, pastor, volunteer, etc. she thought a call to the front of the stage was a bit much. This call was ONLY made for guys to be open to priesthood. There were no similar calls for other means of service for the kids. Her thoughts were that she would prefer this calling come through prayer and discussion with the parish priest or other parish leader instead and that it felt like a "recruitment" effort. She told me the Catholic church is always needing priests (just as any ministry always needs more people!) but that maybe this should be done at a time when you do not have hoopla at a conference and young people are vulnerable.
What do you all think?