Vocation Sunday was marked in Kathmandu a little early this year with a special program that helped make young Catholic girls think about their futures much more clearly. The program was attended by two dozen girls on May 14, at St. Mary’s school near Assumption Church. Pope Paul VI began the annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which is the fourth Sunday of Easter, in 1964. Father Robin Rai, parish priest of Assumption Church and also a vocation promoter for the Vicariate of Nepal, said although the Church was hoping to see some interest from youths in adopting a religious life, the program was an attempt to offering some focus for young people for the years ahead. “Putting Christ’s teaching into practice is a vocation in any walk of life, not just in the Church. At the same time we would like youths to think about a religious life,” he told participants. “We are giving special education and formation to interested young boys and girls so that they are encouraged to join religious societies. We are carrying out various activities to promote religious vocations,” he said. Congregatio Jesu Sister Asha Singh, the local superior at St. Mary’s school, reiterated that vocations do not necessarily mean a life within the Church. “Vocation does not just mean becoming a novice, nun or priest, it also means choosing a life with a particular goal,” she said. Students said the vocation day was of great help to them. “I realized today that vocation does not only mean joining a convent, it can be anything. Whatever comes from the inner core of the heart can be one’s vocation,” said 15-year-old Pratima Tamang. Sona KC, 16, who set to finish high school, said she also found the counseling useful. “The session helped me focus on my aims and what I want to do in the future more clearly,” she said. “It really helped me to plan out my career,” she added.