Golfing for Vocations

golfing1By Katie Chrisman

Blue skies, pristine greens and a line-up of carts awaited 73 golfers at HollyDot Golf Course in Colorado City for the fourth annual Vocations Golf Tournament held on August 13.

Men and women from several of the deaneries in the diocese participated in the tournament to raise money for vocations.  This year’s tournament raised approximately $6,500.


The tournament consisted of a four-person scramble with prizes awarded to the top three teams, the longest drive for both men and women and the closest to the pin for men and women.  Golfers also had the chance to receive a free round of golf at HollyDot by having his or her drive land on the green on the third hole.   This year’s winning team was from LDC Properties and included Bishop Emeritus Arthur Tafoya.

The golf tournament was established to help raise money and to bring awareness to vocational discernment within the Diocese of Pueblo.  Proceeds from the day go to offset the cost of educating seminarians in the diocese and unexpected costs that arise for the seminarians, to name a few.  Past money has also gone to help a young woman with debt reduction in order to enter a religious community.  The diocese currently has six seminarians who attend four different seminaries in both the United States and Mexico.  The average cost of a year of seminary is between $25,000 and $32,000 in the United States and between $16,000 and $18,000 in Mexico.  Over the course of nine years of seminary, it may cost as much as $288,000 to educate a seminarian.

The Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Pueblo Hispanic Education Association provided many give-away prizes. This year’s sponsors included LDC Properties, Daughters of Mary, Montgomery & Stewart , Knights of Columbus Council 4286, Rosary Sunday, The Pueblo Catholic Foundation, “My Sweet Lucy” by Deacon Phil Reynolds, Cactus Flower Restaurant, St. Daniel the Prophet Parish in Ouray, St. Michael Parish in Canon City, St. Michael Parish in Delta, St. Patrick Parish in Telluride, St. Mary, St. Francis Xavier, Shrine of St. Therese, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Anne, Christ the King and Holy Family Parishes all in Pueblo, Sacred Heart Parish in Alamosa, John Paul II Parish in Pagosa Springs, St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Pueblo West, Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Grand Junction, St. Joseph Parish in Capulin and the St. Mary Rosary Society.

For more information about vocations in the Diocese of Pueblo or for questions about becoming a priest, deacon or religious brother or sister, please contact Deacon Jake Arellano in the Vocations Office at (719) 544-9861 ext. 117 or