Parish Committees

Members of Parish Committee at Vocation Expo

Many parishes throughout the archdiocese have established vocation committees who foster awareness and implement vocation activites in their parishes.

HOW TO GET STARTED
Contact Sr. Anita Brenek, CDP, Associate Director, for guidance on developing a Parish Vocation Committee.

DRE & Catechist

Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life have always been a priority of Cardinal DiNardo. All can contribute to the promotion of vocations in their different ministries and environment.

DRE’s and catechists promote vocations by integrating the topic of vocations into their programs and helping young people to become more aware of the ways and directions in which God might be calling them.

5 THINGS THAT A CATECHIST CAN DO TO PROMOTE VOCATIONS:

1. Pray for vocations with your students: Arrange with the DRE to have a traveling chalice/cross (together with the prayer for vocations) that goes to a class each week. Organize holy hour for vocations, especially when the Archdiocesan Monstrance arrives at your parish.
2. Using the Archdiocesan Posters and Meet the Seminarians Special Issue, talk to the young people about the seminarians and men and women in religious formation. Adopt a seminarian/religious, make some greeting and prayer cards and send it to them.
3. Using Scriptures, talk to the young people about God’s call: the call of Abraham, Jeremiah, Sts. Andrew and Peter, etc. Explain to the children about the various vocations in the Church.
4. Invite your parish priest to come to your class for 15 minutes to share his vocation story. If you have a religious sister in your parish, ask her to come and share her vocation story too.
5. Identify and Invite: If you see a student you feel would make a good candidate for priestly and/or religious life, ask and encourage them. You never know your invitation and encouragement would sow the seed for a future priest/religious. Encourage them to participate and serve in parish ministries: altar server, ushers, youth activities, etc.

Youth & YA Ministry

Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life have always been a priority of Cardinal DiNardo. All can contribute to the promotion of vocations in their different ministries and environment.

Youth and Young Adult Ministers promote vocations by integrating the topic of vocations into their programs and helping young people to become more aware of the ways and directions in which God might be calling them.

7 THINGS THAT A YOUTH MINISTER CAN DO TO PROMOTE VOCATIONS:

1. Pray for vocations with your youth: Organize holy hour for vocations, especially when the Archdiocesan Monstrance arrives at your parish.
2. Using the Archdiocesan Posters and Meet the Seminarians Special Issue, talk to the young people about the seminarians and men and women in religious formation . Adopt a seminarian/religious, make some greeting and prayer cards and send it to them.
3. Using Scriptures, talk to the young people about God’s call: the call of Abraham, Jeremiah, Sts. Andrew and Peter, etc. Explain to the youth about the various vocations in the Church.
4. Invite your parish priest to come to your youth gathering for 15 minutes to share his vocation story. If you have a religious sister in your parish, ask her to come and share her vocation story).
5. Organize a field trip to the seminary/convent.
6. Identify and Invite: If you see a young person you feel would make a good candidate for priestly and religious life, ask and encourage them. You never know your invitation and encouragement would sow the seed for a future priest/religious. Encourage them to participate and serve in parish ministries: altar server, ushers, youth activities, etc. Let your priest know about any young people that you think might have a call to the priestly and religious life.
7. Know the vocations events of the Archdiocese that you can invite your young people to participate: Click here for a list of Vocational Programs.