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There are vocations...
...which manifest themselves. They must be fostered.
... which are not conscious of themselves. They must be awakened.
... which do not dare manifest themselves. They must be found and encouraged.
... which are in fear of being lost. They must be reassured.
... which meet with opposition. They must be strengthened.
... which are paralyzed by poverty. They must be helped financially.
Look around you.
How many men and women in your parishes are caring and compassionate individuals who are good listeners, articulate speakers, and loving enthusiastic Catholics?
How many of these special, gifted people have ever been invited to consider becoming a priest, sister, brother, permanent deacon, or full-time lay minister?
Statistics show that 80% of the 18-30 year olds in the United States and Canada have never been asked to consider a Church Vocation.
About Vocation Ministry
Since 1935, Serra International has responded to this challenge through the first of its two objectives, fostering Church vocations. Through the years, Serra has supported the ministry of its members to call out and affirm dynamic men and women as they share their ministry in the service of the Church.
Serrans' particular ministry focuses on promoting vocations to the ministerial priesthood and religious life. We know that men and women of all ages are seeking the opportunity to serve God and their neighbor.
Serrans, through their prayers and vocation activities, invite these men and women to explore their call to service in the Church.
To engage in those projects and programs that will prepare Serra clubs and parishes to assist their bishops and vocation directors in carrying out their vocation ministry in the diocese and parishes.
To continue to develop and distribute new manuals and promotional videos dealing with such topics as: affirmation of vowed religious, ordained priests, Single Adult Discernment retreats, parish vocation committees, and programs for youth groups.
As Serrans we emphasize
Prayer | Awareness | Affirmation | Support
THE NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR VOCATIONS
In November of 1995, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) unanimously endorsed a three year national strategy for vocations which they titled " A Future Full of Hope". The plan took effect January 1, 1996 with a conclusion scheduled for December 31, 1998.
The USCCB continues to endorse the plan as the new millennium begins. An emphasis is also added toward multi-cultural vocations. Serra renews its support to all related USCCB initiatives.
His Holiness, Pope John Paul II has selected North America for the site of the Third Continental Congress on Vocations to Ordained Ministry and Consecrated Life. This congress will took place in Montreal, Canada April 18-21, 2002.
Other Organizations Participating in the Strategy
The National Strategy invites the participation of the following organizations:
National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD)
National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC)
Knights of Columbus (K of C)
National Catholic Committee on Scouting (NCCS)
National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW)
National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM)
The Catholic Committee on Scouting and Camp Fire Girls
National Evangelization Teams (NET)
Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA)
National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry (NADDCM)
National Association of Lay Ministers
National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference
National and Catholic media
Organizations providing vocation resources
An organization of men and women religious congregations committed to the fostering and discernment of vocations, particularly to religious life. Using an inclusive and collaborative style of ministry and leadership, NRVC provides support, resources and in-service opportunities for those in vocation ministry. Serves the Church in the following ways:
Providing opportunities for initial and ongoing educations through workshops, seminars, conferences and national convocations
Publishing materials focused on religious life for a variety of audiences
Creating opportunities for research and study on issues pertinent to vocation ministry
Publishing a quarterly journal HORIZON and a quarterly newsletter
Professional membership is open to vocation ministers appointed by their religious community, diocese or organization.
Associate membership is open to individuals who are interested and involved in vocation ministry, e.g. parish vocation committees, Serrans, NCCW, etc.
Pray! Invite! Encourage! Affirm! Vocations
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