How to promote vocations

How to promote vocations

Here are a few suggestions for parishes/communities to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Those who often feel they might have a vocation sometimes hesitate before answering the Lord's call. These ways provide opportunities to dialogue with those considering a vocation to priesthood or religious life and to support them in as many ways as possible.

Holy Hours for Vocations – begin Eucharistic exposition/adoration for Vocations in your parish/community. Prayer before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is particularly fruitful for vocations. A parish/community rosary for vocation intentions is also very fruitful.

Vocation liturgies – offer rosary or station of the cross for vocation intentions.

Mass Intentions for Vocations – offer Mass on a regular basis for the intention of increased vocations to priesthood and religious life.

Celebrate Vocation Dates – have special Masses, talks, or events during Vocation Awareness Week, World Day for Consecrated Life, and World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Celebrate Salvatorian Feasts – acknowledge in your parish/community celebration of Salvatorian patronal feasts.

Talks about our founder – provide reflection and talks on the life of our founder Fr Francis Jordan SDS.

Introduce Month of prayer for Salvatorians – explain and encourage this prayer for Salvatorians. Make available leaflets with this prayer.

Incorporate vocational intentions/prayers – in your parish/community celebration use intentions or prayers for vocations.

Parish Bulletin Articles – provide a weekly or monthly article or “corner” in the parish bulletin on vocation reflection or vocation prayer.

Recognize/support Altar Servers – these young people already showed their interest in being close to God. Some of them in the future could long for religious life.

Invite the Vocations Director to Speak – the Director of Vocations can be invited to speak about vocations at weekend Masses or at community events.

Encourage Prayer for One’s Own Vocation – encourage and lead young people who show interest in truth, compassion for others and an longing for the spiritual life to pray to the Lord for discernment in their vocation.

Encourage Families to pray for vocations – show the importance of family prayer in developing religious vocations.

Support our Seminarians - introduce spiritual parents/adoption prayers. May appropriate leaflet be available to parishioners/visitors.

Vocations Literature – may vocational leaflets or prayers be available to parishioners/visitors.

Promote Salvatorian Websites – encourage young people to visit our Salvatorian websites to find more information about us. Provide appropriate links on your parish/community website.