Vocation directors from across the country  met for their annual convention on Long Island this week.  The National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD) held their meeting at the Hyatt Regency Long Island, September 19-26.

On Tuesday, September 23rd, they visited the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington for meetings, Mass and a tour.  The Seminary houses the office of the NCDVD.  Rosemary Sullivan is the group’s executive director.

The NCDVD’s goal is to promote diocesan priesthood, providing resources for the formation, support, and advocacy of diocesan vocation directors as they work within the Catholic Church to foster a culture of vocations, raising up new priests for the Body of Christ. 

Among the speakers for the convention were Archbishop Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong, secretary for seminaries for the Congregation for the Clergy;  Cardinals Edwin O’Brien and Timothy Dolan; Bishop Michael Burbidge, chair of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations for the USCCB; Helen Alvaré, professor of law at George Mason University; and Msgr. Stephen Rossetti, President of Saint Luke Institute.

Click below to see photos from the group’s visit to Immaculate Conception Seminary where Bishop William Murphy was the main celebrant of Mass.  Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz