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Catholic Diocese of Peoria : Office of Priestly Vocations
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Start a Parish Vocations Apostolate

St. Patrick Catholic Church
 
“There is urgent need, especially nowadays, for a more widespread and deeply felt conviction that all the members of the Church, without
exception, have the grace and responsibility to look after vocations.”
-St. John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis.
 
Do you want to grow the culture of vocations in your parish? Consider speaking to your pastor about beginning a Parish Vocations Apostolate. The role of the apostolate is simple: to coordinate activity on the parish or cluster level that promotes vocations. Under the guidance of their pastor, representatives from each parish meet with the vocations director for recruitment a few times a year. Back in the parish, they discern the most effective methods to support vocations, beginning with the simplest and most effective: prayer. 
 
The first committment for each parish or cluster is to begin a monthly holy hour for vocations. Beyond that, they may branch out to more activities such as vocations bulletin inserts, parish missions, Andrew Dinners, Vocations Discernment Groups, or parish vocations festivals – all depending on the needs and abilities of the parish.
 
The book that guides the apostolate is Hundredfold: a Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry. The Office of Vocations has copies available at a reduced price.
 
If you or your parish is interested in beginning a vocations apostolate, contact us.
 

 

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