Vocations Guide to Priesthood
WHEN VISITING PARISHES
• Ask Pastor “Who in this parish would make a good priest?”
• Speak fearlessly about Vocations and celibate priesthood e.g. Confirmandi are the future. They are the solution.
• Communicates to all that the priesthood is “great and beautiful”.
• Meet with the family of any candidate in the seminary.
• Encourage Parish Missions because Vocations come from Missions well given.
• Recommend that seminarians visit parishes to give testimony at the end of mass.
• Ask seminarians (who are the best recruiters of vocations because they have credibility with young people) to drop in on schools and religious education programs
• Encourage seminarians to meet youth groups in an effort to promote vocations.
(Teacher, Priest and Guide of the Christian community)
• Encourage all parishes to participate in the Parish Vocations Committee programme.
• Have parishes been encouraged to participate in the “Called by Name” ministry?
• Encourage the introductions of the “31 Club” in parishes
• Watch over the ongoing spiritual life of your priests and the effectiveness of their ministry. Needs to listen to his priests, as a father would listen to a son.
• Save the individual, save the Vocation! Identify and rehabilitate vulnerable priests
Do you truly want more vocations in your diocese? Then make it your personal mission to ensure that the Catholic Faith is properly taught and understood in all your Catholic Schools!
• Never doubt that Christ continues to raise up men to be His priests
• Ask Vicars Forane for annual report regarding what individual parishes in their deanery are doing to foster vocations
• Appoint a priest who will devote himself full time – as far as possible – to the specific ministry of promoting Eucharistic adoration and coordinating this important service in the diocese
• Send birthday and ordination anniversary cards to every priest.
• Is the Eucharist the centre of vocations efforts in your diocese?
• Must ensure that clergy receive sound continuing education
• Consider implementing a “Fishers of men project” within diocese.