Pentecost and the Montrose Mission

This Sunday, May 23, we celebrate Pentecost, the feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. In the Catholic Church, Pentecost marks the end of the Easter season; it is the anniversary of the Apostles beginning their missionary work and a reminder of our universal vocation to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel” (Mark 16:15).

As a Montrose student, Pentecost means something in addition to that. This feast reminds me of my vocation as both a Catholic and as a Maverick. You see, when I contemplated Pentecost this year, I realized it’s the feast of accepting a call, of jumping feet first into whatever life path God has given to you and each person. And this is what the Montrose mission has taught me: to believe I am called to greatness, to discern what that call means for me to do, and to spring into action.

Pentecost seems to be the feast for Montrosians. As I anticipate graduation and those often-talked about “next steps” beyond 29 North St, I sometimes realize I’m hiding in the upper room like the Apostles did. And in other moments, I feel ready to be set on fire! And this is exactly what I hope will happen after I graduate — I will acknowledge those times that I am unsure or fearful, but I will then trust God. And the Holy Spirit will set my heart on fire to answer my call to greatness.

So fellow Montrosians, I hope you enjoy this feast of Pentecost. Whether you are wrapping up sixth grade and have only heard that you are called to greatness two hundred times, or you are a graduating senior and you’ve lost count, this day is for you! Take courage, choose joy, and jump into action!

Anna Sheehan ‘21