A vocation to married life enables us to love more deeply than we can by our own power. It transforms a contract between two people into a way of discipleship and conversion.
The USCCB tells us that Vocations must be talked about regularly if a "vocation culture" is to take root in parishes and families.
What does God want you to do with your life for him? We are here to help!
Vocations Resources for Parishes and Families
Let's build a culture of vocations together! We invite you to access the provided links, consider getting involved with organizations that promote and support vocations, and be creative to promote vocations in a way that resonates with your family and/or the people of your parish. Share your ideas with us! Send your photos - we may post them in our publications and on our website and social media.
Working together, we can create a culture of vocations throughout the Archdiocese of Seattle! Download our new booklet Building a Culture of Vocations (PDF) for ways to pray, invite, teach and celebrate vocations in your families and parishes.
"Preach it, brother!"
Vocations Prayer Expand God our Father,
You call each of us
to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. Inspire your people
with desire to know you,
the grace to understand your will,
and, with the strength of the Holy Spirit,
the courage to respond
with love and freedom. Send workers into your great harvest
so that the Gospel is preached, the poor
are served with love, the suffering are comforted,
and your people are strengthened by the sacraments.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen. Monstrance for Vocations Expand
At the Chrism Mass on Thursday, March 21, 2013, J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle, blessed the Monstrance for Vocations.
Since that time, beginning in the Southern Deanery, the monstrance has been traveling throughout the archdiocese visiting every parish and mission to facilitate prayer for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
If you are interested in hosting the monstrance, please contact the Office of Vocations at 206-382-4276 or email.
Are you the dean, looking for more information about how to schedule and implement the Monstrance for Vocations in your deanery? Start here! Deans Information Sheet FOR PARISHES:
Thank you for your willingness to participate in this archdiocesan project to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life! A folder with the following information will be provided to you with the monstrance. (This program is scheduled through the dean of each deanery.) Parish Information Sheet
At a parish, looking for resources on how to use the Monstrance for Vocations? Start here! Holy Hour for Vocations
Pray a Holy Hour for Vocations with this liturgy from the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship. Stations of the Cross for Vocations
Host a Stations of the Cross for Vocations - great if you have the monstrance during Lent. Vocation Prayers
Looking for prayers to distribute in your parish or an easy prayer to pray throughout the day? Holy Hour for Vocations Expand Holy Hour for Vocations
Pray a Holy Hour for Vocations with this liturgy from the USCCB Committee on Divine Worship. Rosary for Vocations Expand Rosary for Vocations
The rosary is a hallowed prayer to meditate on Christ's life as well as intercede for special intentions. Try these ideas to pray for vocations. Invisible Monastery Expand Invisible Monastery
The goal of Invisible Monastery is to organize continuous prayer for vocations, as suggested by the Vatican in 2012.
Members of Invisible Monastery:
- Pledge to pray daily or weekly for vocations.
- Choose their type of prayer - Mass intention, rosary, private prayer, etc.
- Renew their pledge annually.
- Receive a quarterly e-newsletter with prayers, resources and ideas for promoting vocations.
- May receive occasional communication from the diocesan vocation director with prayer requests or other information.
"It would be good … to organize an 'invisible monastery' in which many persons, day and night, are committed to continuous prayer for priestly vocations."
~ From the Holy See's Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry
We can help each other by talking about vocations, in our families and our communities. If you are married, be a good example of a holy marriage. If you have children, talk to them from an early age about vocations; invite priests, seminarians, and religious men and women to your house for coffee or dinner; pray together for vocations often as a family. Ask "Who do you think God is calling you to be?"
Encourage young people to attend, and promote events for those discerning their vocation.
Events include, among others, discernment groups, Chrism Mass, ordinations, Quo Vadis Days, Operation Andrew, vocation rallies and priesthood discernment retreats.
Several studies have shown that many priests and religious first thought about ministry around age 11 (sixth grade) and then had that thought reinforced during their junior year of high school. 11 and 11!
A simple and sincere comment should not be underestimated: "I see in you the qualities that would make a good priest (or religious, deacon, or married person). I encourage you to pray about it."
These groups help in the promotion of all vocations, as well as the support of religious and seminarians in our archdiocese.
"To be friends to priests, sustaining their vocation and accompanying them in their ministry: with this great gift you enrich the Church! This is, above all else, what a Serran is - a special friend whom the Lord has brought into the lives of seminarians and priests."
~ Pope Francis Crozier Society
A community of Catholics from around the archdiocese who support the archbishop and help fund seminarian formation. Quarterly liturgies and events, annual retreats, and pilgrimages provide the opportunity to share in spiritual development and build relationships with the archbishop and each other. Vocation promotion materials Expand
Be a holy model of your own vocation. Give children, youth and young adults an appreciation of each vocation and the tools they need to discern God's call in their own lives.
Bulletin announcements coming soon!
Young adults Expand Vocation panels and guest speakers Expand Vocation panels
Invite individuals/couples from the various vocations to participate in a vocations panel, have someone moderate the panel and let the audience ask questions. Guest speakers
Invite those who are currently living their vocation to come speak to your class or group about the rewards and challenges of their vocation. Contact the Office of Vocations if you are interested in scheduling a seminarian to speak. Family activities Expand
In 1997, Pope St. John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2. This feast is also known as Candlemas Day, the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church. (USCCB, World Day for Consecrated Life)
June 26, 2021 - priestly ordination
Priesthood Sunday, September 26, 2021, is a special day set aside to honor priesthood in the United States. It is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church as a central one. Note: Parishes may choose to celebrate Priesthood Sunday on another Sunday when it is convenient for them. This nationwide event is coordinated and sponsored by the U.S. council of Serra International.
National Vocation Awareness Week, celebrated November 7-13, 2021 is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. NVAW began in 1976 when the U. S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for NVAW. In 1997, this celebration was moved to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on January 13 in 2013. Beginning in 2014, NVAW was moved to the first full week of November.
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"Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God."
~ Romans 12:2