Families have a key role in vocations
Five things every Catholic family can do to lay the foundations of faith
The National Religious Vocation Conference, VISION's parent organization, released its Study on the Role of the family in Nurturing Vocations just ahead of the Pope Francis' attendance at the World Gathering of Families in Philadelphia.
Not surprising the study found that recent entrants to religious life and diocesan priesthood come from families that
- go to Mass weekly;
- pray together as a family;
- share their faith;
- encourage family members to be open to vocation options;
- participate in parish life.
What is surprising is that these simple expressions of Catholic identity might not be the norm for most Catholic families anymore.
Please encourage the young families you know to nurture the faith of their children. Something as simple as saying grace and bedtime prayers can have a huge impact. Namely, it will lay the foundation for each family member's ultimate happiness and help secure the future of the church and religious and priestly vocations. Wow!
Here's a video summary of the Catholic family to-do list when it comes to nurturing faith:
Today's Catholic Sisters
WHO THEY ARE. WHY WE NEED THEM.
You're invited to learn about the newest generation of Catholic sisters and why we need them now more than ever at three upcoming gatherings. Hear remarkable stories from these modern women who have answered the call, and learn how they perceive their mission.
These unique gatherings, hosted by NRVC during the Year of Consecrated Life and made possible due to the generosity of the GHR Foundation, will feature several young sisters, along with the authors of New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity.
A Q&A session and raffle will follow the main presentation. Refreshments will be served. This is an excellent chance to generate support for Catholic sisters now and in the future. Please plan on attending—and bring friends!
Sept. 20, 2015, 1-4 pm - Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois
If you are unable to attend the Sept. 20 event, watch it online live at this link.
Oct. 10, 2015, 1-4 pm, Mass to follow - Immaculata University in Immaculata, Pennsylvania
Jan. 23, 2016, 9 am-noon - Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles, California
Note: Sept. 12 gathering in San Antonio was a great success! Thanks to all who participated and attended.
New Generations of Catholic Sisters authors:
Sr. Mary Johnson, S.N.D.deN.; Sr. Patricia Wittberg, S.C.; Dr. Mary Gautier
Questions? Call the NRVC offices at 773-363-5454. Learn more here.
Bicentennial of Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrated
Sisters of Life adding new young members
New community of sisters opens second U.S. convent in Wisconsin
Questions Catholics Ask:
Is there a protocol for paying the priest: for marriages, sick calls, last rites?
Are priests obliged to say Mass every day?
VISION Vocation Guide YouTube channel:
Reflections of Gratitude for Sisters, Brothers, and Priests (Part 8)
Resources for Year of Consecrated Life
Year of Consecrated Life prayer cards and printed parish resource packets are still available. Email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of our Year of Consecrated Life resources are also available online, including the Resource Packet that we mailed to every U.S. parish as part of VISION’s celebration and promotion of the Year of Consecrated Life.
We appreciate any effort you make to encourage your own parish to use the materials in liturgies, parish bulletins, church gatherings, and classrooms.
Discover Your Path: Best of VISION
Read our e-book Discover Your Path: Best of VISION Vocation Guide found on Amazon.
“Discovering our vocation in life is absolutely impossible without coming to some awareness of our own life stories and a deep appreciation of the advice and support of friends,” writes Friar Douglas Adam Greer, O.P., in VISION 2002. “Getting to know what makes us tick, what energizes us, what vision of life gives us hope, pounded-out and pulled-together in the mortar and pestle of friendship, is the process through which we come to make an informed vocation choice.”
To that end, the articles collected in Discover Your Path will help you pound out and pull together information and insights into where God might be calling you—a process often referred to as “vocation discernment.”
Short takes for VISION Community Sponsors
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