Fri. Oct 23rd, 2020

Priests discuss their experiences in newly-released vocations video.

MOBILE — In order to reach those who might consider
the priesthood, the Archdiocese of Mobile Offi ce
of Vocations went to where young men are.
Online.  The Archdiocese of Mobile Office of Vocations recently
released a new online video, “Called: To Be a Priest in the Archdiocese of Mobile” as an informational tool.
Produced by 4PM Media, eight priests from all corners
of the archdiocese were interviewed and shared their experiences
of the priesthood.
“Social media and video, that’s where young people
are,” said Fr. Victor Ingalls, vocations director. in the Archdiocese of Mobile” as an informational tool.
Produced by 4PM Media, eight priests from all corners
of the archdiocese were interviewed and shared their experiences
of the priesthood.
“Social media and video, that’s where young people
are,” said Fr. Victor Ingalls, vocations director. “If something is legitimate,
then there’s going to be a legitimate
video portraying it.”
The featured video, along
with extras including all eight
highlighted priests, can be
found at mobilevocations.com,
along with YouTube.
According to Fr. Ingalls, the
video has been in the works for
a year, although all eight interviews
took place the week after
Th anksgiving.
All priests in the archdiocese
had the opportunity to view the
more than eight-minute-video
during a reception following the
Chrism Mass last month.
“(We wanted to show) priesthood
as it’s lived out in the archdiocese,”
Fr. Ingalls said. “(We
wanted) to show more of the
day to day. Priesthood is heroic,
but it’s not always happening in
slo-mo. It’s a sacred life, but it’s
not always glamorous.”
Collaborators made a point
to include plenty of diversity.
Th e eight priests chosen — Fr.
Fred Boni, Fr. Chris Boutin, Fr.
Cu Minh Duong, Msgr. Michael
Farmer, Fr. Phillip McKenna,
Fr. Alex Valladares, Fr.
Manuel Williams, C.R. and
Fr. Paul Zoghby all have varied
backgrounds and experiences
throughout their lives and during
their priesthoods.
Th e priests also minister in
varied locations — from Foley
to Mobile, to Ozark, to Montgomery. “Th ere’s a variety of guys personality-
wise and ethnically, but
we also wanted to show the full
geographic scope of the diocese,”
Fr. Ingalls said. “Being a priest in
Mobile is very diff erent than being
a priest outside of Mobile.”
Fr. Ingalls said all of the
priests are candid about their
experiences and he’s grateful for
them “letting their guard down.”
“I was so edifi ed and humbled
to hear their stories,” Fr. Ingalls
said. “Just to be there in the midst
of where they are serving, to see
their life, all the little things they
have to do. I guess I’m just grateful
of their small sacrifi ces. A lot
of it is hidden. We were kind of
getting this inside look of their
hidden day to day. Many times I
felt humbled, grateful, impressed
by their devotion.”
While the intent was to produce
a video geared toward men
who might consider the priesthood,
Fr. Ingalls said the video
can have a broad impact as well.
Fr. Ingalls said he heard from
one fellow priest who mentioned
“I think it might touch
priests more. Wow somebody
took the time to celebrate our
life. It brings you back to the
heart of it.”

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