The Society is particularly for young people because vocations to the priesthood and to Religious life come from them. In schools we present it as a “Mission Club of St. Peter the Apostle”. This is not to confuse young people but rather to bring it down to them in the common language they are used to.
SPA Mission Club aims at:
Promoting a missionary spirit among young people.
Helping young people to understand better the vocations to the Priesthood and Religious life.
Promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life among young people
Helping young people in vocational discernment.
Forming committed Catholics.
Helping young people to have the moral and spiritual support for each other especially those who wish to join seminaries and -Houses of Formation.
Encouraging young people also to contribute from the little they have towards the formation and education of Seminarians and candidates to Religious life.
Youth Animators have both the privilege and obligation of guiding young people in all aspects of life especially directing them in good moral behaviours and in spiritual matters. An animator has the duty of bringing the youth closer to Jesus their Savior and friend.
Animators are awakeners of Faith, Hope and Charity among the youth. They guide them and try as much as they can, with God’s help to lead the youth to a personal encounter with Jesus. It is the duty of the Animator to stimulate in the youth a missionary zeal which is the nature of the Church.
Members of the Society
The Society of St. Peter the Apostle has its own members who are both adults and young people. Members do the following:
Pray unceasingly for missionary priestly vocations in accordance with Jesus’ command: “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers to his harvest” (Mt 9:38).
Establish a spiritual chain of friendship, interest and sharing in apostolic life through letters, visits and contacts of various kinds between the churches’ various education and formation centers.
Welcome members of other Dioceses and religious Congregations with Christian fellowship and joy into one’s own Institutions in order to offer them a spiritual environment where they can emulate one another in holiness in God’s service.
Make a financial contribution to the expansion of Seminaries and Houses of religious formation in Mission lands.
Celebrate Vocations Sunday (generally celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday) with prayer, spiritual activities and a special offering for Seminaries.
Provide «Scholarships» for individual seminarians, material and educational needs in Mission lands.
Adopt candidates to the priesthood, both with personal and group contributions, in order to accompany them towards the goal of Priesthood.
On a level of ecclesial organizations undertake to build or maintain new seminaries in Mission territories.
In 1963, Pope Paul VI designated Good Shepherd Sunday (the 4th Sunday of Easter) as “World Day of Prayer for Vocations”. This is the day we celebrate the climax of the activities of the Society of St. Peter the Apostle.
A day we pray and promote all vocations in the church, that is, married life, religious life and priesthood.
However, in a special way on Vocations Sunday the church concentrates on the callings to ordained ministers (priests and deacons) and consecrated life (members of religious orders and secular institutes).
We pray especially on that day for those men and women who are serving, God’s people as Priests, Deacons, Religious Sisters and Brothers, that many more will join them.