Promoting vocations on a diocesan level
As a source of authority and guidance for Catholics in a given area, dioceses have an incredible potential to foster vocations to religious life. Thankfully, many dioceses have a vocations office geared towards young men discerning the diocesan priesthood. Vocations Outreach aims to help dioceses continue this good work of reaching out to discerners by providing resources to aid men and women discerning consecrated religious life.
Read more below about the resources Vocations Outreach can provide your diocese to help you foster religious vocations. Click on the blue title links to read more about a particular program.
Our Discernment Mentorship Program connects young adults with professed religious who act as mentors while they go through an online formation program. This program is meant to help discerners deepen their spirituality and understanding of religious life. As a diocese, you can make the most of it by:
Recommending young adults in your diocese who are discerning religious life to participate in this program.
Contacting religious in your diocese who might be willing to become mentors in our program.
Discerners are often paired with religious who are not based in their home diocese, so all communication must be long-distance. The benefit of a locally based mentor is that we can intentionally pair any program applicants from your diocese with a religious from your diocese, allowing your discerners to meet their mentors in person.
One of the most valuable ways that dioceses assist discerners is by connecting them to the resources they need to discern well. Vocations Outreach has created and compiled an extensive collection of discernment materials which is unlike any other resource currently available. As a diocese, you can connect your discerners to these resources by:
Hanging posters in parishes or schools directing young adults to our resource page.
Ordering resource cards or stickers for parishes and schools in your diocese.
Providing a link to our website on your diocesan site.
When it comes to fostering religious vocations, dioceses have an incredible opportunity to partner with their educators and catechists to plant seeds during the formative years of life.
Vocations Outreach provides a variety of resources that help teachers educate their students on vocation and religious life. As a diocese, you can make the most of this resource by encouraging your educators and catechists to use our listed video assignments and lesson plans (provided by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles).
If there are religious communities based in your diocese, Vocations Outreach can help to raise awareness and promote vocations for these communities by offering our free videography and photography services, which are available to all religious orders in the United States.
As a diocese, you can make the most of this resource by encouraging local religious orders to participate in our “Day in the Life” series. After filming and editing are complete, the order will receive a free copy of their video and we will also post it on our YouTube channel. This kind of video is easy to share on social media and is a great way to raise awareness of religious present in your diocese.
Watch a sample video from the Day in the Life series here.
Have questions about how Vocations Outreach can help foster vocations within your diocese?
Contact us here. One of our team members would be happy to speak with you!