Preaching about Vocations on Mother’s Day

Preaching about Vocations on Mother’s Day

by Sam Alzheimer This coming Sunday, Catholic parishes will no doubt honor mothers in the congregation. But because May 12 is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations, some priests will wonder how they can also work in a vocations message at Mass. Why not do both? Below...
The saint who started World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The saint who started World Day of Prayer for Vocations

by Sam Alzheimer A couple of months ago I ran across my great-grandmother’s prayer book, a small leather-bound tome which had obviously seen a lot of use. As I fanned through the pages, a prayer card fluttered out. It was a prayer for vocations written in 1964...
Priests Offer Advice after Community’s Surge in Vocations

Priests Offer Advice after Community’s Surge in Vocations

New book A Living Sacrifice offers guidance for men discerning religious life When Fr. Benedict Croell was vocation director for the Eastern Dominican Province of St. Joseph, over one hundred men entered his province in just eight years.  By any measure, that is a...
A “Discernment Detour” Leads Priest to Write New Book

A “Discernment Detour” Leads Priest to Write New Book

By Matt Yogus Back when Fr. George Elliot was in seminary, he ran into a dilemma. He knew he was being called to the priesthood, but after about a year of study, he met some wonderful religious priests from several different orders, and began to wonder, “What if I’m...
Skip Earth Day and Pray for Vocations Instead

Skip Earth Day and Pray for Vocations Instead

By Sam Alzheimer Recently, walking in the woods with my six-year-old daughter, I was amazed at how fluently she could speak about endangered animals. She chattered away about the last white rhino that died a few weeks ago. She knew about passenger pigeons who were...

Discernment: The Friendship Before Marriage

By Sr. Clare Matthiass, CFR Adapted from the new book Discerning Religious Life Available at VianneyVocations.com Can you imagine starting a relationship with someone by taking him by the shoulders and exclaiming, “Am I supposed to marry you?” If he doesn’t break free...
“I don’t understand why priests have to be celibate.”

“I don’t understand why priests have to be celibate.”

Excerpted from pages 42-47 of A Priest in the Family, a book by Fr. Brett Brannen for families of men discerning the priesthood. I once heard the story of the Lotha tribe in Nagaland, India, a place that many Protestant missionaries had visited. They had all tried to...

Melchizedek Project Leads to Boom in Vocations

By Fr. Kevin Bordelon, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Lafayette, LA In the fall of 2010 the Diocese of Lafayette had 28 men in priestly formation. This fall we expect 52. That’s an increase of 86% in six years. I think the word boom is appropriate to describe...
"Stop Talking to My Son about the Priesthood!"

"Stop Talking to My Son about the Priesthood!"

A note by Fr. Brett Brannen for his parish’s bulletin on April 17, 2016. Fr. Brannen is the author of To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide for Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood A number of years ago, when I was first ordained a priest, a mother came up...
Pope Francis: Do These 4 Things on April 17

Pope Francis: Do These 4 Things on April 17

by Sam Alzheimer How do young Catholics discover their vocations? There’s not an app for that. Often there’s not even an “aha moment.” Just as dating couples have some ups and downs then eventually decide to marry, most twenty-something seminarians will tell you that...
Seven Ways to Pray for Vocations

Seven Ways to Pray for Vocations

If you’re an active Catholic, you know we need more priests. In the U.S. and Canada, there are more than 5,200 parishes without their own pastor. What can you do? Quite a lot, actually. There are whole movements in the Church dedicated to promoting vocations....