Let us be quite frank: the ability to cultivate vocations to the priesthood and the religious life is a sure sign of the health of a local Church. There is no room for complacency in this regard. God continues to call young people; it is up to all of us to encourage a generous and free response to that call.
Pope Benedict XVI, April 2008
Parents, give thanks to the Lord if He has called one of your children to the consecrated life. It is to be a great honor, as it always has been, that the Lord should look upon a family and choose to invite one of its members to set out on the path of the evangelical counseled? Cherish the desire to give the Lord one of your children so that God’s love can spread in the world.
Pope John Paul II, ‘Vita Consecrata’
The parish is the setting where we gather as God’s Family: to worship, give thanks and honor our God. It is in this context that vocations are made visible, are called forth and supported by the larger community. Click here to learn what your parish can do to help foster vocations.