DORRANCE TWP. – The Annual Vocations Golf Classic, held each July to benefit Diocesan seminarians and vocations programs, will not take place this summer. In consideration of health and financial concerns, Bishop Joseph Bambera has accepted the golf committee’s recommendation to schedule the 11th Vocations Classic for next year on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club.

“Parishioners and friends have expressed their overwhelming support for the priesthood through Vocations Golf Classics for the past 10 years,” Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, tournament honorary chair, said. “Donors and golfers from throughout the 11 counties of our Diocese faithfully participate in this event to help foster vocations and provide direct assistance to seminarians on their journey to the priesthood. We are very grateful. We look forward to renewing this wonderful event next year.”

The Vocation tournaments average 285 sponsors and 176 golfers each year who have collectively contributed nearly $1 million to the Saint John Vianney Endowment for Seminarians. The endowment, named for the patron saint of parish priests, supports programs to foster discipleship in youth and young adults and help men discerning vocations to the Diocesan priesthood. Funds are also used to alleviate financial concerns for men responding to God’s call who have prior financial obligations.

Contributions to Vocations programs will be welcome from those able to assist in this time of financial challenge. Those who wish to donate may mail checks to the Diocese of Scranton, Vocations Office, 300 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA 18503, made payable to Vocations Golf Classics. Credit card donations may be made by calling (570) 702-2459. The golf classics are a collaboration of the Diocesan Vocations Office and the Development Office.