Vocation Awareness Contests

Vocation awareness contests are an excellent way to teach students about vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  This tool provides guidance to establish a poster, essay, or video contest in an elementary, middle or high school.   As you read these directions, please keep in mind that this material could be easily modified for use with home school groups and religious education programs. 

Serra Participation

In conjunction with the diocesan vocation office and Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Serra clubs can organize, publicize and administer the contest program in cooperation with the teachers.  They can also provide the judging, awards and recognition ceremonies.


This tool is a resource for local Serra Clubs to use in conjunction with their diocese vocation office and Catholic Schools office. It provides the guidance necessary to conduct a contest and includes instructions for preparing the contest materials.

Program Outline

This tool is designed to provide a “cookbook” for a club that wants to organize and run a vocation awareness contest.  There are two types of contests presented.  The first is a poster contest for lower school (5th and 6th grade) students.  The second is an essay contest that may be held for middle school (7th and 8th grade) and high school (9th through 12th grades). A video contest could also be explored as an option.

Spring Semester

Lead Time 3-4 Months

Low Effort

Low Cost

Program History and Development

This tool has been developed from vocation contest materials developed by the Louisville, Kentucky, Serra Club for use in elementary and high schools.  It contains the guidance necessary for a Serra Club to run a contest.  It includes instructions and samples of the necessary forms and documents.  The hotlinks in the Serra SPARK Helpers section below are designed so that the materials can be copied into new documents and customized for local use


Reference Materials:

The Office for Vocations of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has a website for its vocation contest program.  It shows contest winners and provides additional resources that are available for download.
Poster Contest – LA Vocations – Los Angeles, CA

Serra SPARK Helpers©

The following hotlinks provide the guidance necessary to implement a vocation awareness contest program at the diocese-level:
Serra Contest Guide
Master Scoring Sheet
Serra Club Essay Contest Certificates
Serra Club Contest Certificates

““Let us face the vocations challenge with that equanimity and realism which take into account the
effectiveness of prayer,
and which are never devoid of supernatural hope.”

Pope St. John Paul II