Mission

Purpose
To foster vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life in order to be able to have sufficient priests and religious to serve our diocese and the needs of God’s people.

Responsibilities and Functions

The Office of Vocations has four principal responsibilities:

  1. Promotion of Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life (accomplished through parish and school visitations, the development and support of parish vocation teams, annual vocation promotion workshop, online resources, outreach to parishes, Focus 11, Re-Focus, bi-monthly newsletter, and other special events)
  2. Provide opportunities for discernment and mentoring of potential seminary candidates (accomplished through discernment retreats, discernment groups, individual contact and invitation)
  3. Screening and Admission of Candidates (accomplished through the Seminarian Admission Board)
  4. Supervision & Guidance of Seminarians (accomplished in conjunction with the formation team of the seminaries, summer assignments, etc.)

Accountability
The Office of Vocations is accountable directly to the Bishop and to the Vicar General.