Posting may be somewhat sporadic the next three days. The campus ministry staff is leading a retreat for our fourteen peer ministers and coordinators at our diocesan retreat house. It’s rather strange to pull myself out of the retreat, even if I’m not so much in a reception mode. But maybe a few insights will hit. I’ll be praying as often as I can in the next few days.
One of the practices I picked up years ago from RCIA and liturgy conferences was to place a sign-up list for roles and encourage conference attendees to jump in as lector, psalmist, presider at the Hours, or such. With a community of eighteen, that’s small-scale compared to a professional workshop. (But big compared to two years ago when it was only four student peer ministers.)
But I like spreading the liturgical roles around a good bit. There is some trepidation about the “presider” role. But most all of these students will be in a position with their peers or in the parish to lead prayer. It’s a quality every lay person in any kind of leadership should be able to do: parent, committee chairperson, small group leader, and the like. It’s the kind of thing that I think helps point people in the direction of a religious or priestly vocation. How many seminarians or deacon candidates have actually led liturgical prayer as part of their discernment for the ordained life? Probably a lot, but I suspect it’s not universal.