Priests come from parishes.

If your parish is not creating a culture of priestly vocations, supporting and encouraging men to become priests, where will priests come from to serve parishes in our Diocese? Sometimes it seems that there is a fundamental disconnect here.

Here are some observations about parishes that have priestly vocations:

  • Parishioners love their priests, and they are not afraid to express it.

  • The Parish is prayerful and active.

  • Parishioners identify men who would make good Diocesan Priests, and they encourage them to consider a vocation to the priesthood.

  • Their faith is not just about Sunday. They are committed to living out their faith in the world.

  • They love their Catholic faith and are not afraid to stand up for it and share it.

  • There is a zeal for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration.

  • A true belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist permeates the Parish.

  • There is a love for the Diocese and the Universal Church. Faith is bigger than my Parish.

How can your parish get involved?

  • Pray a decade or the entire Rosary with the intention for vocations.

  • Host a Holy Hour for vocations.

  • Encourage members of your parish to attend retreats and programs sponsored by the Diocesan Vocation Office.

  • Have your parish adopt a current seminarian and pray for him.

We want to create a culture of Vocations.

How can we make our parish more supportive and encouraging for potential priests?

Contact Father Alex Roche, our Diocesan Director of Vocations and Seminarians, or one of our Assistant Vocation Directors. We are here to support you every step of the way!