Meet Fr. Enrique Hernandez, Vocation Promoter
In the Gospel of Matthew we read: “Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.’”
I am the Vocation Promoter for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and I am very blessed to serve alongside Fr. Luke Stand, our Vocation Director and William Hudson, our Associate Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Together we will work to create a culture of vocations throughout our local church.
The mission of the Vocation Office is not only to travel to different places to visit parishes, colleges and confirmation classes, giving talks to schools, distributing posters and brochures. It is not just the act of distributing information. Our mission comes from a deep conviction that promoting and praying for vocations is a mandate, an earnest desire from the heart of Jesus, when he asked His disciples, “Ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Our mission therefore is a duty and a responsibility as followers of Jesus to help all young people discover and answer God’s call with courage and generosity, to help them know they are being called to serve God and his people in the priesthood and religious life, and to share with them what an awesome gift the priesthood of Jesus Christ truly is!
God’s call is personal, unique, and life-changing. I love to hear the vocation stories of different priests and seminarians because these stories are concrete examples of how to listen to and answer the call of God. Even though each call is unique and personal, there are some important similarities to how each one of us hears the call:
1) Daily prayer.
2) Service. The Gospel tells us that Jesus was moved with pity and cured the people from their illnesses.
3) An active presence in the parish or a Catholic Christian community.
I am looking forward to meeting with you, to help you discern your vocation and to share the joy of the priesthood of Jesus Christ.
Lord, send us priests.
Lord, send us many priests.
Lord, send us many holy priests. Amen.
Fr. Enrique Hernandez
Fr. Enrique Hernandez was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2012. He was born and raised in Colombia. He attended Cristo Sacerdote Seminary in Colombia before he moved to Wisconsin. He studied English as a Second Language (ESL) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and then continued his priestly formation at St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee and Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Hales Corners. Fr. Enrique was the Shared Associate Pastor at Saint Frances Cabrini and Immaculate Conception Parishes in West Bend until June of 2016. He is now the Vocation Promoter of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Associate Pastor at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Milwaukee. He also serves as the Formation Advisor for our international seminarians who are in the ESL program.