VISION E-Vocation Newsletter

March 2009

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Get a sneak peak
at vocation trends survey results

THANK YOU to the hundreds of discerners and vocation directors who completed our 2009 Vocation Trends survey. We are in the process of compiling the information for this year's Report on Vocation Trends. In the meantime, feel free to browse the summary of survey results for Discerners and Vocation Directors.

Canadian documentary series looking for people
about to enter religious life

GALAFILM Productions, a respected Canadian documentary film company, is currently looking for Canadians who are seriously discerning a religious vocation to be part of their new documentary series "My Last 24." The concept of the show is to document ordinary people during the last 24 hours before an important event in their lives, such as entering religious life. The show will examine people's motivations, hopes, struggles, and obstacles leading to the event. Those interested may email Julie Girard at For more information, click here.

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Vocation Ministers, teachers, discerners: We also welcome suggestions for content you would like to see in print or online in future issues.

From our blogs

Number of priests increasing worldwide
The Vatican's official yearbook, the Annuario Pontificio, formally presented to Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 28, shows a gradual increase in the number of Catholic priests worldwide. Read more online.

Simple secret of success
Learn about Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy Dolan's strategy for increasing vocations once he is installed as the new Cardinal and archbishop of New York on April 15. Read more online.

Keep in Mind

Don't miss Alice Camille's Alice, I'm Wondering column. Here are some of her recent insights on what nuns and priests do for fun:

"I know some priests who keep bees. They sell “Holy Family Honey: Where the Glory Bees Are Sweeter.” Another priest works on a pit crew at the local racetrack on Saturdays. A Paulist pastor has
a shoebox under his bed full of short stories he’s been writing, and not a few screenplays. A Sister of Mercy loves to garden and gets up early for bird-watching. . . .

"They take night classes in subjects that intrigue them. They crochet (not all of these are women) and hang glide (not all of these are men)." More.

Things to do for Lenten

Follow the Take Five for Faith daily meditations on the VISION homepage.

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