|The Upriest apostolate is aimed at reaching the youth in creative, new ways.|
October 1, 2010. Lafayette, Indiana. When one of her Legionary
sons sent her his vocation story in a video, Sharon
Antonio, a mother of 9, decided to post it for
the world to see.
That video, called “The Road”
is now posted on the UPriest YouTube channel, which
aims to provide creative, fun videos that spark reflection on
“This apostolate is a response to Pope Benedict’s encouraging
us to use the Internet,” said Sharon. “YouTube has over
2 billion views a day, nearly double the primetime audience
of all three major US broadcast networks combined. With 3.5
million people visiting the site every day, the types of
videos our young people watch will have an impact on
“I want to help make a positive impact on
how they view the priesthood,” she said.
So far, the UPriest
channel has only two videos, both featuring her son, who
is Legionary seminarian.
But Sharon wants the apostolate to grow
into a much wider seedbed of creativity that will help
encourage youth to give God the first chance in their
lives in whatever vocation to which he might call them.
for that, she says, she needs a video editor who
can help create and edit videos that will reach the
“We need to be creative, unconventional, and perhaps a little
sensational,” she said, adding that she hopes to put up
two videos a month and gather support from others who
are interested in the apostolate and would be able to
contribute their talents to the cause.
“My hope is to
have many creative testimonies of religious life, unveiling the beauty
of the vocation.”
Why “UPriest”? The answer is threefold.
“I thought of
the name ‘UPriest’ because the videos are to reach three
different people: priests, to encourage them; our future priests, by
finding vocations; and you and I, so we can promote
vocations and gain a deeper appreciation for the priesthood.”
UPriest YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/upriest.
If you are interested
in supporting this new apostolate, please e-mail Sharon Antonio at