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Parish Vocation Committees
Parish Vocation Committees
In mid-2005, parishes prepared plans on how to promote vocations, leading many to form Parish Vocation Committees (PVCs). The Vocation Office will assist and encourage parish vocation promotion plans in any way we can. This site contains numerous downloadable documents describing activities and events that PVCs can put into action at your parish, as well as links to other resource sites and addresses for catalogs of vocation materials. The Vocation Office has a number of PVC resources including posters, prayer cards, and copies of the inspirational, locally produced, video “The Man Behind the Collar.”

We hope the PVCs might, in part, function like scouts for sports teams, by encouraging those young people in their parish who have skills that would be valuable as a priest or religious to prayerfully consider such a path. If each parish were to get just one priestly vocation from their congregation once every 8 years, our Archdiocese will be in great shape for the future. It may take talking with and encouraging 50 young men in a parish throughout those 8 years to find one who discerns the call. The Holy Spirit will do His part, we must pray diligently and do whatever we can to help; and once one young man enters the seminary, more often follow.

If you are a member of a Parish Vocation Committee, you clearly desire to see more vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Please consider joining your local SERRA club, who work diligently to promote vocations (For Cincinnati SERRA, contact Lou Eichhold at loueich4@fuse.net; for Dayton SERRA, contact Bob Erhart at rjerhart@yahoo.com). There is also the St. John Vianney Vocation Society through which people pray at home for vocations. There are no dues or meetings with the Vianney Society. It is run by Catholics United for the Faith in Dayton (contact Mike Goetz at mikebgoetz@sbcglobal.net to find out how to get a copy of their prayer book). Finally, consider looking into your local Knights of Columbus chapter, as they have always been tremendous supporters of vocations in America. These groups can use your energy in their good work, please prayerfully consider joining one.

Archdiocese Resources


Vocation Committee Guidelines
Components of a Vocation Recruitment Plan
Supplies available to Parish Vocations Commitees

100 Proven PVC Projects to Try


Traveling Crucifix Program


Stations of The Cross


Holy Hour for Vocations Guide
Prayers

Vocations Websites

US Bishops Conference: www.foryourvocation.org

SERRA club: www.serraus.org

Knights of Columbus: www.kofc.org/about/activities/church/vocations/index.cfm

NCCV – National Coalition of Church Vocations: www.nccv-vocations.org

Guide to Religious Ministries www.religiousministries.com

IRL – Institute for Religious Life www.religiouslife.com

NRVC – National Religious Vocation Conference www.nrvc.net

Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious www.cmswr.org

Hispanic Vocations Support www.revistaoye.org

World Day of Vocations Messages

      Pope John Paul II:

www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/messages/vocations/index.htm

      Pope Benedict XVI:

www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/vocations/index_en.htm

United States Association of Consecrated Virgins www.consecratedvirgins.org

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life Messages

      Pope John Paul II:

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/messages/consecrated_life/index.htm

      Pope Benedict XVI:

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/consecrated_life/index_en.htm

Financial Support for Seminarians and Religious

      Knights of Columbus Vocations Scholarships and Seminarian Support Programs


www.kofc.org/un/about/activities/church/vocations/index.cfm

      Laboure Society:

www.labouresociety.org

Seminary Websites:

      Pontifical College Josephinum

www.pcj.edu

      Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary

www.athenaeum.edu

      Bishop Simon Brute College Seminary

www.archindy.org/bsb

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