Pope Francis on September 20, 2018, received in the Apostolic Palace Consistory Hall of the Vatican, the participants at the Conference of the Sons of Holy Mary Immaculate on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Venerable Joseph Frassinetti death, founder of the Congregation of Santa Maria Immacolata Sons.
The Sons of Holy Mary Immaculate is a congregation which dedicates itself to youth education and the promotion of religious vocations. It is also active in missionary work. Noting the vocational aspect of the congregation’s work, the Pontiff stressed that it was always God who calls, “but we can and must work together to create good soil where the overflowing seed of the call can take root and not be wasted.” This according to Vatican News.
In particular, Pope Francis focused on next month’s Synod of Bishops which has as its theme, young people, faith and vocational discernment. The Pope said, that in light of their important role in the promotion of religious vocations and youth education, this was an event where the congregation could be especially collaborative.