Get Involved with Vocations
Creating a culture of vocations requires all hands on deck, and that means parents, pastors, young people, and their communities must come together. Below you will find a small collection of helpful resources if you are a parent or supporter of priestly vocations in the Diocese of Orange. If you are a young man thinking about becoming a priest (or asking the tough questions) we encourage you to view our Resources and Tools page on this site. This is also a great page for parents and supporters to refer men to!
For Parents and Supporters
- Parent? Support and pray for your children! This can be difficult, but we recommend the new book by Fr. Brett Brannen, A Priest in the Family available through Vianney Vocations. View the book website here.
- Join organizations like the Serra Club, regional groups of faithful Catholics gathering together to support vocations. Serra is an international organization, but Orange has it’s local chapter. View the Serra of Orange website here.
- View the wealth of resources offered by the United States Bishop’s Conference to learn more about the call your son may be experiencing. The resources and videos on this site may also be helpful to view. View the USCCB Vocations site here.
- Send young men interested in the priesthood to this website as well as GoPriest, an excellent site that offers free books to young men discerning their vocation. View the GoPriest website here.
- View the Parents and Teacher resource section of the US Bishop’s website. View the page here.
For Parishes and Pastors
- Download and read the Pastoral Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry, a pastoral letter published by Congregation for Catholic Education. Download the PDF Letter here.
- Purchase handouts, posters, and prayer cards that focus on vocations online. Vianney Vocations creates very effective tools to help pastors and their parishes promote a culture of vocations. View the Online Store here.
- Purchase copies of the new film “Heroic Priesthood” by Fr. Robbert Barron. DVDs are available for about $2 each in bulk, perfect for having on hand and giving out to young men interested in the priesthood. View the DVD website here.
- Download and print free prayer cards created by the USCCB to promote vocations. Download the cards here.
- Stay up to date with what the US Bishops are doing to promote vocations. View the new Presentation on trends in 2013-2104.
- Download and purchase resources from the National Conference of Vocations Directors. View the website here.
- Keep this website address, phone number of the Vocations Director, and email address handy to give to young men that may be interested in the priesthood.
BECOMING A PRIEST OR A MAN OR WOMAN RELIGIOUS IS NOT PRIMARILY OUR OWN DECISION.... RATHER IT IS THE RESPONSE TO A CALL AND TO A CALL OF LOVE.
- Pope Francis -