‘Virtual gala’ Aug. 12 to help vocations

| July 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Laboure Society will host its first “virtual gala” at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 to support vocations.

The Eagan-based nonprofit, which helps men and women seeking religious life eliminate student loan debt, is going to a virtual event as it adjusts to the impact the novel coronavirus is having on in-person gatherings.

One benefit, organizers said, is transforming the biannual Twin Cities-based gathering into a nationwide event with unlimited potential for viewership.

The evening will include religious sisters and brothers sharing musical and other performances. More than 10 speakers — Bishop Andrew Cozzens of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis among them — will address a variety of topics, including the need for new vocations: The average age today of Catholic priests, sisters and brothers in the U.S. is 63. Speakers also will emphasize estimates that more than 4,000 people around the country who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life are blocked from answering God’s call because of student loan debt.

Some of the gala’s speakers will be vocation directors who have turned people away in the past, but now welcome new vocations because of their association with Labouré. Other speakers include Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a former U.S. senator and former representative in the U.S. House, and Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas.

Viewers can enjoy the gala live through:

All gifts to Labouré are tax deductible.

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