The best way to foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life is on the local level - in families and parishes. Here are some ideas for promoting vocations in your family:
- Celebrate anniversaries of baptism, using them as an occasion to talk about the universal vocation to holiness that all Christians are given in their baptism
- Invite priests, seminarians, or religious men and women to your home for dinner. Start with your parish priest(s).
- Pray daily as a family for vocations - that children will know the vocation God is calling them to follow and that those who have embraced a vocation will be faithful to their calling.
- Using the Seminarian Prayer Cycle, pray by name for an Archdiocesan seminarian every day.
- Attend the annual Priesthood Ordinations for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, typically held on the first Saturday of June at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.
- As a family, visit a seminary (such as Saint Meinrad Seminary) or a religious community for men and women.
- Attend Mass together as a family one day during the week, in addition to Sundays.
- For youth or young adults, encourage them to attend events such as the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) and World Youth Day, plus parish and Archdiocesan sponsored gatherings of young people.
Parents of seminarians and men discerning the priesthood - learn more about the process of discerning the priesthood and the policies and guidelines for seminarians in our Archdiocese in the
Archdiocese of Indianapolis Seminarian Handbook.