Msgr. Leonard F. Troiano, then-diocesan episcopal vicar for planning, left, shares a laugh with then-seminarian Christopher Dayton during a barbecue in 2017. Father Dayton now serves as parochial vicar in St. Rose Parish, Belmar. A vocation discernment barbecue for men interested in the priesthood is planned for Aug. 4 in Allentown. John Blaine photo
Msgr. Leonard F. Troiano, then-diocesan episcopal vicar for planning, left, shares a laugh with then-seminarian Christopher Dayton during a barbecue in 2017. Father Dayton now serves as parochial vicar in St. Rose Parish, Belmar. A vocation discernment barbecue for men interested in the priesthood is planned for Aug. 4 in Allentown. John Blaine photo
To help foster a call to the priesthood, the Diocese will host a vocation discernment barbecue, which will include Mass with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.

The afternoon of prayer, discussion and camaraderie will begin at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in St. John the Baptist Church, Allentown. The event is geared toward men ages 16 to 35. Following Mass with the Bishop, those in attendance will be invited to meet and talk honestly about the priesthood with pastors, priests and seminarians. During dinner, Father Dave Swantek, pastor of St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant, and Father John Michael Patilla, parochial vicar in St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, will speak on their ministry and discernment.

“It should be a fun evening,” said Father Jason Parzynski, diocesan vocations director, explaining that similar events in the past drew strong participation among young men seeking information about the priesthood.

For more information or to register, contact Father Parzynski at jparzynski@dioceseoftrenton.org. St. John Church is located at 1282 Yardville-Allentown Road, Allentown.