The Lord Gently Leads Us…

Fr. Chris Lemieux New Vocation Director Archdiocese of Toronto
Fr. Chris Lemieux
New Vocation Director
Archdiocese of Toronto

In the Acts of the Apostles after Easter, we hear the story of the Apostles receiving thousands into the Church; baptizing whole families!  I’m always amazed at the power of Christ; the power of the Holy Spirit but I know that the same Holy Spirit works in a powerful way to this very day!  I know because I was a recipient of that outpouring of grace.

On April 19, 2003 at the age of 31, I was received [baptized & confirmed] into the Roman Catholic Church.  I was one of the many people who came from no religious background (perhaps loosely Christian) but really a “pagan” receiving the gift of faith.  And it didn’t stop there.  My calling was first and most importantly to become a Christian man, following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ; becoming His disciple.  That was hard enough!

I was a bus driver at Mississauga Transit with almost ten years on the job at that point; making good money, I couldn’t have had more job security.  I was even convinced that I was called to be married; a husband and father.  There were lots of fine Catholic ladies that I wanted to date!  Beginning to live as a disciple – my mind couldn’t have been further from priesthood.

But the Lord had other plans. The invitation came from others; first, my RCIA instructors, and then the priests in my parish.  I wasn’t open to this idea at first, but when one is committed to prayer and to God’s presence and His signals – it’s hard to close the door too quickly.  Later in 2003, I went to a Franciscan Discernment weekend in New York; a Come & See weekend at St. Augustine’s Seminary and remained committed to my involvement in my parish.  By September 2005, after many challenges (my mother died in August of 2004) I made the first step of going to Serra House and beginning my formation which lead me through a rewarding yet challenging seven years of formation.

I was ordained a priest on May 12, 2012 at St. Michael’s Cathedral and spent my first year and a half of priesthood as the Associate Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish in Markham.  I absolutely love being a priest!  It’s rewarding, God’s people are well worth it, and I joyfully give my life to ministering to them.  I made many life-long friends in the seminary, and find that my life is more amazing than I could have ever imagined.  I have learned a great deal, I am doing things now I NEVER would have imagined myself doing – all by the Grace of God!!

I know the Lord of the Harvest called me; and He might be calling you!!  If He is – be not afraid!

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