Parish Vocation Ministry

​Parish vocation ministries are the bedrock of vocations-related efforts. Experienced Serrans can hold an “Ignite Workshop” in your parish to help you launch or enhance your vocation ministry.

Serra Participation

  • Serrans participate in planning, organizing, establishing parish vocation committee.
  • Serrans staff events supported by the parish vocation committee.
  • Serra clubs can help underwrite committee operations.
  • The U.S. Council of Serra International has teams that conduct Ignite Workshops to develop Parish Vocation Ministries.
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Summary

Parish vocation ministries are the bedrock of vocations-related efforts within local churches. Experienced Serrans can hold an “Ignite Workshop” in your parish to help you launch or enhance your vocation ministry.

Program Outline

Parish vocations ministries most commonly take the form of parish vocation committees.

Driven by the laity and working in concert with pastors, parish vocation committees can be powerful engines of vocation-related outreach at the parish level. As a single, cohesive unit, a parish vocation committee’s general aim is to work and pray toward cultivating vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and religious life.

Many resources can be found on the formation, structure, and activities of parish vocation committees. Best practices from dioceses around America hold that there are a number of critical steps to be taken in the proper formation of these groups. Among those steps are organization, communication, and planning. Also of special importance in the formation—and maintenance—of a vocations committee is strong leadership from parish members.

What’s more, parishes that have their own schools afford opportunities for synergy.  Parish vocation committees can work with the schools via special activities. These could include such things as a traveling crucifix program—wherein students in each class pray for vocations and their own personal calls to holiness (e.g., in a religious vocation or marriage in the Church)—or seminarian/religious visits to classrooms, or even field trips to seminaries and/or religious communities. The program can also be modified for religious education classes.

All Year

Lead Time 4-6 months

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High Effort

Medium Cost

Program History and Development

Making families more actively vocation-conscious has been an  aim of the Church since the Second Vatican Council.  Many parishes have started their own vocation ministries in response to the magisterium.  These ministries most commonly take the form of parish vocation committees.

Such committees work and pray for vocations to the diocesan priesthood and the diaconate, and to religious orders—even though they might not directly work with religious orders. Typical functions of parish vocations committees include, but are not limited to:

  • educate the parish with pertinent information on vocations;
  • pray for vocations;
  • support the needs of seminarians;
  • come up with names of parishioners who could be good candidates for the priesthood, diaconate, or religious life; and
  • collaborate with other parish committees (e.g., faith formation) in areas such as providing speakers for meetings.

Resources for guidance in the formation, structure, and activities of parish vocations committees abound; many dioceses around the country have developed their own guidelines concerning the topic. Best practices hold that there are a number of critical steps to be taken in the proper formation of vocation committees; among those steps are organization, communication, and planning.

One doesn’t have to look far to see strong evidence of the efficacy of these grassroots, parish-based groups. For example, one of the largest dioceses in the Southeast, the Diocese of St. Petersburg (FL), has stated that “…one of the most effective ways for parishes to foster vocations is through a parish vocations committee.”

Reference Materials

Resources

From Vianney Vocations:
Booklets
Brochures
Books
Bundles
Resources for pastors and parishes for supporting vocations from the Archdiocese of Detroit (MI):
Archdiocese of Detroit (MI) – Resources for Pastors and Parishes

Serra SPARK Helpers©

Web page of U.S. Council’s  7 Greats Serra Promotion and Resource Kit — an easy way to start parish ministries with clear, concise directions on how to carry out essential activities:
Serra 7 Greats

There are vocations…

…which manifest themselves.
They must be fostered.
… which are not conscious of themselves.
They must be awakened.

… which do not dare manifest themselves.
They must be found and encouraged.

… which are in fear of being lost.
They must be reassured.

… which meet with opposition. They must be strengthened.

… which are paralyzed by poverty.
They must be helped financially.

Let Serra bring an IGNITE Parish Vocation
Ministry Workshop to Your Diocese.

Experienced and enthusiastic Serrans will come to your diocese to train parish leaders in the set-up of a Parish Vocation Committee! Using the tools of- fered on the SPARK website as a guide, talented Serrans will help you un- cover your group’s vocations mission statement, short- and long-term goals, strategy and pathway to success. What’s more, they’ll mentor you as you build your committee and initiate your vocations projects. For more in- formation, please contact us via email:
info@serrainternational.org.