For Vocation Directors

New Serra Spark Sampler

5 Tools to Create a Culture of Vocations in Your Community

  • Adopt A Seminarian
  • The 31 Club
  • Traveling Chalice/Crucifix
  • Priesthood Sunday
  • Holy Hours

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How to Use SPARK Vocation Tools

Following are the summaries of all the topics covered by SPARK. Just scroll down to find the one(s) you’re looking for. Then, click on the link of the topic you want to access. The click-through page will have all the information on the topic you’ve selected; simply scroll down to read it—or, click ‘Download PDF’ (or the icon next to it) for a ready-to-print PDF version of the information.

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01. Adopt a Seminarian

As parish-level efforts, Adopt a Seminarian programs are a grassroots means for the faithful to encourage, pray for, and provide for the material needs of priests in training. The programs can be a great way for families to get involved in supporting seminarians.

► Go to "Adopt a Seminarian"


02. Called By Name

This is a program designed to facilitate input from parishioners regarding potential candidates for the priesthood, deaconate, and religious life. Among its main components are a stress, within Sunday homilies, on the need for vocations—and parishioner response cards.

► Go to "Called by Name"


03. Altar Server Awards

Recognizing the young men and women who serve at Mass has become a popular activity within dioceses around America. There are several avenues for doing so.

► Go to "Altar Server Awards"

04. Traveling Chalice/Crucifix Program for the Parish

With the constant visual reminder of a prominently placed chalice they’ve taken home from church after Sunday Mass, a family (or individual) prays for vocations during a week-long period of time while also writing down their experiences in prayer.

► Go to "Traveling Chalice Program"

05. Focus 11

Students in two different grade levels attend a special gathering where various presentations on vocations are made by priests, sisters and other church personnel. It’s an enterprise that’s often referred to as a ‘Vocations Field Trip.’

► Go to "Focus 11"

06. Organizing Visits to Seminaries

Trips to seminaries, novitiates, and formation houses can provide great opportunities to young people vis-a-vis to the overall vocations experience. They’re also relatively easy to organize.

► Go to "Organizing Visits to Seminaries"

07. Involving the Homebound in the Vocations Effort

One of the most prominent Catholic writers of the 20th century called for including the homebound in the Church-wide effort to pray for vocations.

► Go to "Involving the Homebound in the Vocations Effort"

08. Rosary Before Ordination

Saying the Rosary immediately before an ordination Mass is a powerful witness and a great way to answer Church leaders’ call for the faithful to pray for vocations. Includes a Serra-US Council template that will help your group with this effort.

► Go to "Rosary Before Ordination"

09. Discernment Retreats

Among the most common vocations-related programs seen today, vocations retreats take many forms and formats—groups or individuals, dioceses or religious orders, and so on. They’re also good ways to introduce people to—or advance them within—the discernment process.

► Go to "Discernment Retreats"


10. Parish Vocation Ministry

Parish-level. By the people. For the Church. Parish vocation ministries are the bedrock of vocations-related efforts within local churches around the nation.

► See "Parish Vocation Ministry"


11. Planning Resources for Priesthood Sunday

Planning for Priesthood Sunday and other major vocations-related events during the liturgical year is easier than you might think. Try these resources for ideas and inspiration!

► See "Planning Resources Priesthood Sunday"


12. Rosaries for Vocations

Whether it’s said on an individual or group basis, the Rosary is a powerful prayer for vocations. Includes two sample Rosaries for Vocations from Serra-US Council.

► Read "Rosaries for Vocations"

13. Parish Vocations Prayer

These prayers are typically brief, and can easily be included in one’s list of prayers before or during, say, Sunday Mass, weekday Mass, or at other times.

► See "Parish Vocations Prayer"

14. The 31 Club

With decades of history behind it, the 31 Club is a simple, easily-established program for parishes to use in their vocations-related efforts. It’s an ideal program for the involvement of busy parishioners who want to help with vocations but need to be able to fit it into their schedule.

► See The "31 Club"

15. Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis Days is a summer camp when young Catholic men, learn more about the priesthood, deepen their faith, and discern God’s call. Staffed by priests and members of the diocese, Quo Vadis Days has been highly successful in sparking vocations.

► Go to "Quo Vadis"

16. Promoting Vocations in Parishes via Social Media, Websites, and


Technology plays an ever-larger role in sparking vocations to the priesthood, religious life, and deaconate. The materials presented here contain ideas and strategies for leveraging technology to that end.

► Learn about promoting Vocations

17. How to Organize School Visits for Seminarians and Religious

Ever considered bringing in a seminarian or religious to your parish school to meet with students? It’s an idea that can lead to increased vocation discernment within your school.

► Learn organizing school visits

18. School Traveling Crucifix Program

A program similar to the Traveling Chalice Program—but focused upon rallying classrooms full of students to pray for vocations for one week during the school year.

► See the School Traveling Crucifix Program

19. Maintaining a Parish Vocations Ministry

Have a parish vocation ministry that needs some wind in its sails? The materials found in this summary can help!

► See the School Traveling Crucifix Program

20. Holy Hours

A one-hour devotional conducted as Eucharistic adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, this program can be utilized by small or large groups. Includes a template for Holy Hour for Those Called to the Priesthood or Religious Life—plus two additional prayers.

► Learn about Holy Hours

21. Vocations Talks for Elementary, Middle and High Schools

Ready-to-use vocation talk scripts—for grade school, middle school, and high school levels!  Use them as written or modify them to fit your own vocation story.

► See and use Vocations Talks for Elementary, Middle and High Schools

22. Video Resources on Religious Vocations for Different Ages

Video has become, in the age of the Internet, the lingua franca of connecting young people to important messages.

Videos include a brief description and a notation of length and are arranged for men or women in groups by age.

► See Vocation Videos

23. St. Andrew Dinners and Miriam Dinners

St. Andrew Dinners are named after the apostle who, according to the Gospel of John, took his brother, Simon Peter, to meet Jesus. These dinners give priests the chance to invite men whom they believe to have priestly vocations, or, at least, the qualities necessary to make a good priest, to have a casual, informal dinner and conversation with the local bishop.

Similar events for young women are typically known as Miriam Dinners.

► Andrew Dinners and Miriam Dinners

24. The Newman Connection

Young people tend to fall away from church after graduating from high school.  80% of Catholic students stop practicing the faith while away at college.

The Newman Connection pushes back against that trend through a national outreach program, working in conjunction with parishes and Catholic high schools to reach the students where they are, connecting them to the campus ministers at their chosen colleges.

► Go to The Newman Connection

25. Master of Ceremonies / Master Server

Young people tend to fall away from church after graduating from high school.  80% of Catholic students stop practicing the faith while away at college.

The Newman Connection pushes back against that trend through a national outreach program, working in conjunction with parishes and Catholic high schools to reach the students where they are, connecting them to the campus ministers at their chosen colleges.

► Go to Master of Ceremonies

26. The Melchizedek Project

There comes a time in every young man’s life when he is called to consider what Our Lord is asking him to do with his life. Many are unsure about how to approach discernment when they feel the stirring of God’s Call to the priesthood. The Melchizedek Project is a great tool for Vocation’s Directors to help young men during this discernment process.

► See The Melchizedek Project

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