This past Tuesday, March 15th, Saint John's Seminary welcomed young men discerning the holy call to priesthood for the St. Andrew's Dinner. It was a beautiful evening filled with prayer, vocation stories, a tour of the seminary, and a meeting with Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
St. Andrew Dinners afford priests the opportunity to invite individuals whom they might think have a priestly vocation or the qualities needed in a good priest to have dinner with the (arch)bishop in a relaxed, "no pressure" atmosphere of discussion and dialogue about the life of a priest and a priestly vocation
The St. Andrew Dinner is named after St. Andrew, who in the Gospel according to John, brought his brother, Simon Peter to meet Jesus. In the Eastern Church, St. Andrew is known as the Protokletos ("First Called") as John the Baptist invited him to follow Jesus. After doing so, Andrew then brought his brother Simon Peter to the Lord. (John 1:38-41) Similarly, it is not enough for priests to be satisfied with their own priestly vocations. Like Andrew the Lord is asking priests to bring others to Him so that they may discover their vocations as well. (USCCB)