Pope in Korea

“It’s not up to you to choose whether or not you have a vocation. It’s God who chooses!” – Pope Francis

The Pope said this to 6,000 Asian youth during his visit to Korea.

Here are some of my own thoughts on the topic:

– A vocation is not a career one chooses. It is a call from God. I heard this call when I was seven. However, for each it is unique, concrete, intimate, and breathtaking.

– One responds in the measure of one’s faith. The gold standard is Abraham who left everything to follow God.

– The parents’ faith is also tested. Do I hold on to my child excessively or do I realize my child ultimately belongs to God and I am a steward?

– I cannot tell you how happy I am being a priest. Even statistically, the priesthood is the “happiest” profession.

– A friend told my mother after I had left home for the seminary: pity! Simon could have been a doctor! Well, as a priest I am a doctor! A doctor souls! In addition, the training was 13 years!


About Fr Simon Devereux LC

FR SIMON was born on February 4, 1979, in Dunedin, New Zealand, the seventh son of Marie and Michael Devereux. He entered the novitiate of the Legionaries of Christ in Cheshire, Connecticut, on September 15, 1997. After his novitiate and year of humanities in Cheshire, he studied a bachelor’s in Philosophy at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome from 2000 to 2002 and from 2005 to 2007, a licentiate in Philosophy. In between, he worked as a youth minister in Quebec, Canada, and he made his perpetual profession in Rome on October 4, 2005. In 2010 he completed a three-year bachelor’s degree in Theology and was ordained on Christmas Eve of the same year with 60 of his brother Legionaries by Card. Velasio di Paolis. Two of his brothers are also Legionary priests. Fr Simon is now based at the Legion of Christ seminary in Cheshire, Connecticut.
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