Father Christopher Argano
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An Evening of Hope

It is almost always the first question asked when I tell people I am the vocations director for the Archdiocese: “How many guys do you have?” This could refer to a variety of different possibilities: How many are enrolled in seminary? How many will be ordained? How many am I currently working with who are seriously discerning? People ask this because there is a genuine concern about the number of men who are in active ministry and those who will soon join them. Our people see their priests doing more with less resources and are worried about what this will mean for the future and our access to God’s saving work in the sacraments. It can at times be discouraging or frustrating when we do not see the results that we would like. In the midst of this concern, there are signs of hope as well. more

Laborers for the Harvest of Grace

Recently, I had the pleasure of accompanying nine college students who are part of the Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) at SUNY New Paltz on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. I … more

Vocations Are Everyone’s Business

So I just call them?” “Yes, that’s what they’re praying for!” This was the short conversation I had with a friend just before calling the vocation director to apply to the seminary. I … more

Vocations Are Everyone’s Business

So I just call them?” “Yes, that’s what they’re praying for!” This was the short conversation I had with a friend just before calling the vocation director to apply to the seminary. I … more

Opportunities for Discernment

Recently, I received an email from a young woman who is discerning religious life. She wanted to know the possibilities available in the archdiocese for someone who is thinking about becoming a … more

Announcing Avow—Discernment Groups for Catholic Women

When I started this column a few months ago, I wrote that it would not be exclusively about vocations to the priesthood. With this in mind, I am pleased to include the following article beginning in … more

Renounce the World to Save the World

A few months ago, I was having dinner with several of those I am working with who are discerning the priesthood. These gatherings are great opportunities for me to get to know the men and give … more
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