eyesofmary1It’s never too early to plant a seed! Looking for vocations involves keeping a prayerful eye out for men and women who may have a call to the priesthood or religious life. Individuals who are prayerful, dedicated, intelligent, service-oriented, active in the Church, and psychologically healthy have a good foundation for the ordained or consecrated life. Those who commit to keeping an eye out for such men and women are known as the Eyes of Mary.

Someone with a strong pull to learn more about these vocations may seek out information or contact the Vocations Office of their own accord, but this is not usually the case. Among those ordained in our diocese since its inception, only 17% first expressed interest to the diocese without being asked first approaching someone they trust. The desire may be only casually expressed to family, friends, or the parish priest — all of whom must take care to recognize and nurture this interest.

In addition to direct personal inquiries, referrals of potential candidates can be made directly to the Vocations Office. The “Casting the Nets” process is anonymous and care is taken not to pressure individuals or send duplicate materials. A simple letter informing the individual of the anonymous compliment is sent out, with the option of receiving more information or opting out–a response can even be made electronically.

Places to Look

Altar Servers
Lectors
Ministers of Holy Communion
Catechists
Confirmation sponsors/godfathers
Campus ministry/Youth ministry
Cantors or music ministers
Ushers/ministers of hospitality
RCIA team members/spoinsors
Participants in Eucharistic Adoration
Those who pray the Rosary
Those who attend daily Mass
Family and friends active in the Church
Parish pastoral council members
Liturgy committee members

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Casting the Nets

Know someone who you think might have a call to the priesthood or religious life?

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Voices of Mary: Praying for her sons and daughters

Prayer is a powerful way to support vocations.

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Hands of Mary: Working for her sons & daughters

Serving in the parish as a liaison and vocation promoter.

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Who's answering the call?

Meet the current seminarians, learn their stories, and send them a note.

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Meet Those in Religious Formation

Men and women are still answering the call to the religious life...even from our own diocese!

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