Promoting vocations is the work of every Catholic. We are all called to help build a culture of discernment in our homes, parishes, and schools. This is an essential aspect of being a steward of the personal, spiritual, and material gifts that God has entrusted to us.
The Office of Vocations exists to help each person discern and exercise his or her vocation. In addition, the Office supports the vocations efforts of parishes, schools, and other organization. In these pages, find out how you can help us foster a culture of discernment in the Diocese of Spokane:
At least one person in each parish throughout the Diocese of Spokane is a designated Parish Vocation Promoter. In some parishes, these are the Pastors, while in others a lay person or a consecrated religious serve in this capacity. In many cases, there is a Vocation Committee to help these people help generate a culture of discernment in each parish. There are many resources available on this website. In addition, you may find many helps to forming a Parish Vocation Ministry on the Vocation Ministry website.
First and foremost, Catholics must pray. Alone or in groups, with Scripture and especially before the Blessed Sacrament, prayer is essential to fulfill our own vocation and to help others fulfill theirs. Click here for ways to offer spiritual support of vocations.
Parents, teachers, and catechists have the sacred office of passing on the faith to the people entrusted to their care. Click here for resources to help you assist others in discerning their vocations.
Being a he Office of Vocations exists to help each person discern and exercise his or her vocation. In addition, the Office supports the vocations efforts of parishes, schools, and other organization.
“Let us be quite frank: the ability to cultivate vocations to the priesthood and the religious life is a sure sign of the health of a local Church. There is no room for complacency in this regard. God continues to call young people; it is up to all of us to encourage a generous and free response to that call.”
– Pope Benedict XVI, April 2008