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Vocation Awareness Week Nov. 5-11: Pray for, learn about, encourage vocations

National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW), November 5-11, 2017, is an annual week-long celebration of the U.S. Catholic Church dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renewing our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. See the "Learn more" section below the video for more information. 
 
Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the Chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, reminds us that each of us in the Church has a key role to play in the witness of our vocation in ordinary circumstances, “As we go about our everyday life and most especially this week, we must keep vocations in our prayers, while, at the same time, being a mindful witness with our own vocation. We may never know how our lives may have an impact on someone else’s story.”
 
Sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, NVAW began in 1976 when the U. S. Bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for NVAW. Beginning in 2014, NVAW was moved to the first full week of November.   

Ways to encourage & pray for vocations

 
FAITH columns by Father Ron Hutchinson, director of priestly vocations
Youthful zeal - Today's seminarians on fire with desire to share the message of Jesus (October 2017)
Teach your children well by word and example (June 2017)
Working for tomorrow (March 2017)

Learn more about vocations to consecrated life, priesthood, the permanent diaconate: 

Consecrated Religious Life in our diocese
Learn more about the communities of women and men religious serving in our diocese.
 
Other resources on consecrated life
Discerning Women (USCCB)
Imagine Sisters
 
Priestly Vocations in our diocese
Twenty-five seminarians in our diocese are discerning a vocation to the priesthood. Father Ron Hutchinson is the diocesan director of Priestly Vocations & Continuing Formation of Priests. Learn more about the discernment and formation process through the Office of Priestly Vocations website and follow them on Facebook.
 
Permanent Diaconate
Father Mark Przybysz is the director of Ministry & Life of Permanent Deacons and Deacon Jim Hessler is the director of Diaconate Formation. Learn more about the permanent diaconate program in our diocese.
 
Additional Resources
Vocations (USCCB)
Videos on vocations (USCCB)