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Deacon John (Jack) S. Leadbetter was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1940. He lived in South Bend, Indiana during his elementary school years when his father was a professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Notre Dame. His family moved to Marquette, Michigan in 1954. While in high school he was involved in athletics, student council and choral activities.

After high school he attended the University of Notre Dame and earned his B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering. After of few short years of the corporate life he returned to Marquette where he has lived since 1969. He has four children and fifteen grandchildren. He was involved in the political arena for three decades and served as the mayor for three different terms. He was active in the fire sprinkler business for 45 years and still remains active in the fire alarm supply business today.

Deacon Jack lost his three siblings at the ages of 12, 13 and 23, all of whom died from brain cancer. Those losses profoundly affected his life.

In the early 2000’s he began to experience a call to the diaconate during his weekly 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM adoration hour. The call was fulfilled when he was ordained on June 5, 2009. Today he remains an active deacon and is currently the Director of the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Marquette. Blessed with good health he intends to be actively working for about another 5 or 6 years.

Our History Serving the Catholic Priesthood

We’re building a culture that’s open to the priesthood, clearing the path to discovery, and unlocking hearts and minds to God’s call.

Vocation Boom is a non-profit initiative that is the fruit of more than twenty years of prayer and deliberation. It grew out of a vision which began to take shape in the heart of Jerry Usher while he spent time in priestly formation from 1989 to 1995. In 2009, shortly before Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed The Year for Priests, he gathered a team of colleagues and created the Vocation Boom website, which launched on September 14 of that year – The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

In February 2011, Vocation Boom Radio debuted on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network. The show airs Saturdays at 5:00 PM Eastern Time, 2:00 PM Pacific Time. It features cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons, and laypeople, all of whom share our passion for promoting vocations to the priesthood.

Vocation Boom’s weekly TV show can be seen on EWTN three times a week. It airs Sundays at 11am, Tuesdays at 2:30am, Thursdays at 5:30pm (all times Eastern). Be sure to tune in or set your DVR to watch it at a more convenient time.

We’ve also talked with many vocation directors and seminary rectors about creating events “on location.” We hope to gather young men (and their families) for a day of inspiring talks by seminarians and young priests, a live radio broadcast, and more.

We ask that you prayerfully consider helping us with this important work. At Vocation Boom, it is our belief that after the life and family issues – marriage, family life, abortion, euthanasia, and so on – there is nothing more important that Catholics can engage in than the cultivation of priestly vocations.

Thanks for visiting our site. It is our prayer that you find many helpful resources for your own discernment or for assisting someone you know who is considering the priesthood.

God bless you.

Nuestra Historia

Aquí en Vocation Boom, nosotros construímos una cultura abierta al sacerdocio. Despejamos la via al descubrimiento, abriendo corazones y mentes al llamado de Dios. Vocation Boom es una iniciativa sin ánimo de lucro, el fruto de mas de veinte años de oración y deliberación. Creció de una visión la cual empezó a formarse en la corazón de Jerry Usher mientras que él pasó tiempo desde 1989 hasta 1995 en la formación sacerdotal. En 2009, poco antes de que proclamó Papa Benedicto XVI El Año de los Sacerdotes, reunió a un equipo de colegas y crearon el Vocation Boom website, el cual presentó el 14 de Septiembre de ese año – La Fiesta de la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz.

En Febrero 2011, Vocation Boom debutó en el EWTN Radio. Se puede escuchar al programa en el radio los sabados a 5pm EST. Cuenta con invitados tales como cardenales, obispos, sacerdotes, diáconos y laicos – en breve, personas que comparten nuestra pasión para la promoción de las vocaciones al sacerdocio.

Vocation Boom debutará muy pronto en el EWTN TV. Los primeros trece episodios fueron recordados en julio de 2013, y se puede verlos en la tele empezando el 31 de Agosto a 11am EST (cada episodio será retransmitido los martes a las 02:30am EST y los jueves a las 5:30pm EST).

También hemos hablado con muchos directores de las vocaciones y rectores de seminaries sobre la creación de eventos locales. Esperamos reunir a los jóvenes (y sus familias) para un día de presentationes inspiradoras por los seminaristas y jóvenes sacerdotes, un programa de radio en vivo, y más.

Le pedimos que en oración considere ayudarnos con este importante trabajo. En Vocación Boom, es nuestra creencia de que en conjunción con informarnos de la enseñanza de la Iglesia en los topicos de la vida y de la familia – el matrimonio, la vida familiar, el aborto, la eutanasia, etc – no hay nada más importante que los católicos pueden involucrarse en que el cultivo de las vocaciones sacerdotales.

Gracias por visitar nuestro website. Es nuestra oración que usted encuentre muchos recursos útiles por su discernimiento o para ayudarle a alguien que usted le conoce que está considerando el sacerdocio.

¡Que Dios le bendiga!

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