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Who Will Fill These Shoes?


January 4, 2018

Blanchette Catholic Center, 16555 Weber Rd., Crest Hill

Father Victor Ivers was celebrating Mass one Sunday in 2007 at St. Joseph Parish in Libertyville.  It was his final Mass before retiring after more than 60 years as a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago.  The church was packed because Father Ivers was well-loved.  Something odd happened as Father Ivers was processing out of Mass.  A strange look came across his face.  He stopped about halfway down the center aisle and returned to the altar.  He bent over, took off his shoes, laid his shoes at the foot of the altar, turned to the assembly and asked the stunned congregation a very simple question, "Who will fill these shoes?"  He then walked out of the church - in his socks!

It really is a simple question, "Who will fill these shoes?" More importantly, it's a shocking image: the image of empty shoes, a priest's shoes, laying there by the altar.  It is a sharp reminder to all of us that without priests, there will be no Eucharist.

Fr. Ivers inspired the Archdiocese of Chicago to begin an initiative in 2013 called "Who Will Fill These Shoes?" The Diocese of Joliet will follow the same pattern implemented by the Archdiocese of Chicago.  The Joliet Diocese is inviting young men 7th grade to adult, and their parish priests, to the Blanchette Catholic Center on January 4th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  The day will include Mass, talks from priests and seminarians, lunch, and time to answer any questions about the priesthood.

Parents are welcome to accompany their sons.  If under 18, one parent or legal guardian must attend. Parents of our current seminarians will be available to speak about what it is like to have a son answer God's call.

Click on shoes above to Register Now!

Flyer (printable PDF)  


If you would like to view the video of the vocation homily by Fr. Tony Taschetta played at Masses across the Joliet Diocese please click on the link below.  It is available in both English and Spanish.

Video of Homily - English


Video of Homily - Spanish


If you have any questions, call the Joliet Diocese Vocation Office at 815.221.6171.