NE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT decisions of Parker Jordan’s life was
choosing between the University of Florida and Florida State University for
college—and it had nothing to do with the Seminole/Gator football rivalry.
Jordan was torn. When the FSU acceptance letter came, complete with a gen-
Founded in 1980 by New Jersey priest Father Philip Merdinger, the brothers
erous scholarship, Jordan checked the “maybe” box on the return postcard, only
to later change it to “yes” before mailing it in. “Ultimately it was a decision for
God,” Jordan, now 29, recalls. “The Lord was leading me there.”
Jordan didn’t know it at the time, but his college decision would provide the an-
swer to a prayer he’d had for years: “Lord, what do you want me to do with my life?”
He would find his vocation with the Brotherhood of Hope, an order of Catho-
lic priests and brothers that were Jordan’s FSU campus ministry connection.
Parker Jordan wrestled a while with “vocation anxiety
syndrome.” But his willingness to turn to God for direction
slowly led him to brotherhood and a life of deep gladness.
Enjoy your vocation!
rejoices at his final
is an associate
at Aurora University and has
written for Catholic publications
for more than 20
years. She is the
author of the
Johnson: Questing for God.
BY HEIDI SCHLUMPF
PAUL FRANCIS PHOTOGRAPHY