Jerry Zufelt 2015-10-06 01:44:19
By Jerry Zufelt Editor GREENSBURG — A recent appointment to the Office for Clergy Vocations staff will assist men who are in the early stages of the discernment process and help priests in their role as vocations recruiters in their parishes. Father Tyler J. Bandura was appointed assistant to the diocesan Office for Clergy Vocations in charge of vocations awareness and recruitment effective July 1. He is the parochial vicar of Mother of Sorrows Parish, Murrysville, chaplain of Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School and assistant episcopal master of ceremonies. Father Bandura will encourage vocations, help men in the initial discernment process, organize discernment events, help move men into the application and formation process, facilitate communication with clergy, and update the clergy vocations portion of the diocesan website, according to Father Wisneski. “My desire, and that of Bishop (Edward C.) Malesic, is to have Father Bandura responsible for connecting with and staying in communication with men who think they might have a call to the priesthood,” said Father Jonathan J. Wisneski, director of the Office for Clergy Vocations. Bishop Malesic said the addition of Father Bandura to the clergy vocations staff, an appointment that was made by then-Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt, will help put an “added emphasis on giving our men, especially our young men, opportunities to discern a call to the priesthood.” “This also will help pastors foster vocations in their parishes,” he said. THE CATHOLIC ACCENT FILE PHOTO Seminarian Ryan C. Ravis exits Blessed Sacrament Cathedral following Bishop Malesic’s installation Mass in July. Father Wisneski noted that Father Bandura is in a strong position to fulfill his new responsibilities in the Office for Clergy Vocations given his other diocesan and parish duties. “We need to talk about vocations,” Father Wisneski said. “Clergy have to be comfortable connecting with possible candidates, and Father Bandura will be a first point of contact for parish priests.” Father Bandura said he is excited about the new responsibility, noting it is important to help pastors and parishes create opportunities for men trying to discern a call to the priesthood. “I want to help encourage pastors to keep their eyes open for possible candidates and to create discernment opportunities in each region of the diocese,” he said. Holy Family Parish, Latrobe, currently is conducting the Melchizedek Project, which is a group of men 18 and older who meet on Sundays to discuss specific topics about discerning a call to the priesthood and support each other and share in the challenges of the discernment process. ‘I want to help encourage pastors to keep their eyes open for possible candidates and to create discernment opportunities in each region of the diocese. FATHER TYLER J. BANDURA Father Bandura works with Father Daniel C. Mahoney, pastor of Holy Family Parish, who leads the group. Father Bandura is looking to establish this type of project in each region of the diocese. “There are priestly vocations out there in men of all ages. They need someone to offer support and guidance and to ask them challenging questions,” Father Bandura said. He will establish programs to help men in high school begin discerning a call to the priesthood. Father Bandura, who was ordained June 1, 2013, and is now 29, said he first thought about the priesthood in middle school and knows how difficult the discernment process can be. “I also know the great joy and peace that comes from this vocation to the priesthood,” he said. “I think that will help me help others walk through this process and be the person to encourage and guide them.” Father Bandura will work with the Called by Name appeal, which is part of the Seminarian and Clergy Formation collection that will be held Sept. 26-27. “Once we collect names from the appeal, I will reach out and contact people to determine where they are in the discernment process,” he said. The Seminarian and Clergy Formation collection and Called by Name program will be held in the Diocese of Greensburg Sept. 26-27.
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