Sunday, 28 February 2016 23:40

Hello, Affiliates!

Written by Paul Wilkin
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Paul Wilkin – Salvatorian Novice
Former Seattle Chapter Affiliate

Paul obliged boys he met in Philippine slums with a photo.

You may remember that I attended Seattle Affiliate meetings in 2010 and 2011. I lived on Vashon Island, ran my design company from home, and was discerning religious life as a priest or brother. That discernment process brought me back to my hometown of Cincinnati, OH, to find out how close I needed to be to my family. Through my experiences in 2012, I came to realize that I could live in any county, state, or country and still receive great family support. With that settled, I continued to look into approximately 25 religious orders. 

In 2011, the Markyknolls were one of my first orders to contact; however, I am a late vocation,so my age kept me out. That same year, I found the Society of the Divine Savior (SDS)—Salvatorians, at vocationnetwork.org. When I saw their mission statement: the SDS “proclaims and teaches by all ways and means the goodness and kindness of Jesus the Savior,” it hit home since I am a jack-of-all-trades. A second draw to the Salvatorians was that they are international and part of what they do is missionary service. This missionary spirit is what is calling me. 

 

Two Daughters of St Paul in Saigon made their First Profession of Vows during Paul’s visit.

I applied only to the Salvatorians; my application was accepted, and I became a SDS Candidate for one year in August of 2013. As a Candidate, I was free during June and July of 2014, so I contacted my Vietnamese friends in Seattle and here in Milwaukee to see about visiting and engaging in some missionary service. That June I went to Saigon for a month, officially as a tourist. 

I have wanted to go to Vietnam for nearly 10 years. I also decided not just to vacation but to jump in with both feet to see if I was cut out for missionary ministry at my age.§ As it turned out, my connection set me up teaching English to the Daughters of St. Paul two to five times a day. After only two weeks of teaching, I recognized that I am not too old for missionary service and that I was full of peace with the life I was living there. This confirmed my calling to missionary service. I spent July with the Salvatorian Formation houses in Manila, Philippines. Again, I felt at ease and at peace. 

Since August 2014, I have been in the Novitiate, discerning my call, studying about the Salvatorians: ministry, mission, charism, history, and where we serve today. Through personal and Salvatorian discernment, I asked to take First Profession of Vows, and the Salvatorians  agreed. I took my vow on August 9th here in Milwaukee, WI, and have returned to the seminary to continue studies for priesthood.

Thank you, all who welcomed me so kindly to the Affiliate Meetings and who gave me insights into your mission trips overseas.Those mission chats and meetings, talking with Fr. McCahill, MM, (from Bangladesh) about his ministry, and reading  email updates, have kept me focused on overseas ministry. Although I am an older vocation, Maryknoll still influences my life. At gatherings of the Inter-Community Novitiate (ICN) Program in Chicago, both Maryknoll men and women have been present. Novices Mara Rutten and Tom Fagan are both moving forward with their call to religious life with Maryknoll. 

And thank you for being witnesses to the gospel. You have attracted others to God and have attracted me to the vocation of consecrated life. My path is to become a Salvatorian apostle for our times. With our own personal charisms, Salvatorian priests, brothers, sisters, and the laity minister as equals to proclaim the Savior to all. This Salvatorian charism has assisted me in deciding to make my First Profession of Vows

 

Gods blessings on your mission, ministry, vocation, and use of your spiritual gifts. Please feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and if you are thinking of visiting Milwaukee, let me know. I would love to meet and chat, show you the city, and introduce you to more Salvatorians. 

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