Parish Vocation Committees

Seminarians talking to a group

Seminarian Tyler Fishbein greets the faithful after speaking about vocations at Mass at Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Our Lady of Hungary worship site.

Each parish in the Diocese of Metuchen is asked to develop and maintain some type of vocation committee.

This committee would be responsible to the pastor and people of the parish in ensuring that the parish is actively promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

It is hoped that the committee, in cooperation with the entire parish, will foster an atmosphere that is encouraging and supportive of vocations.

The structure and membership of these committees are left to the individual parish to determine. However, they should be well grounded in the current needs and structure of the parish's life and ministry.

It is expected that this committee would meet three or four times a year. It is not expected that this committee 'do the work' or sponsor programs, but rather that they get everybody 'on board' and see to it that all parish groups and organizations incorporate vocations into their work and ministry.

The Office of Vocations has prepared a booklet entitled "Guidelines for Parish Vocations Committees." These booklets are available to assist you in forming a committee in your parish.

In addition to this, the Vocations Office staff is available to host meetings during the course of each year either in the diocesan center or in your parish. Through these meetings we can assist parishes in forming new committees or assist others with ongoing development of existing parish vocation committees.

We have also provided a list of PVC Projects for the parish, for the home and for an individual.

Vocation Seekers

One example of a vocation committee is the Vocation Seekers club. The Vocation Seekers pray for and promote vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life on an independent parish level.

If you are interested in creating your own independent parish club, the Vocations Office can organize a group from another parish to help start it.

If you have any questions, or need assistance in forming a committee in your parish, please Contact Us, or by phone call Mr. Jim Brogan at (732) 356-6466 at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Martinsville.

 PVC Projects

Proven Parish Vocation Committee Projects to try for your parish:

  • In January, celebrate Vocation Awareness Week with special events and speakers.
  • In April, celebrate World Prayer Day for Vocations with special weekend liturgies.
  • Host a "Vocation Panel."  Have door prizes, refreshments, scavenger hunt and speakers. For more information contact the Vocations Office
  • Celebrate feasts of the saints, such as attending Mass on the Feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, of Lisieux, the Little Flower, patroness of missionaries and patroness of many vocations.
  • Celebrate feasts of the apostles, who were called by the first vocation director, Jesus.
  • Pray, especially in the fall for new seminarians and in the spring for candidates and applicants who are being processed for entrance to seminary for the next year.
  • Publish a listing of all the seminarians, with names and seminary addresses. Encourage parishioners to send them cards and letters showing support and prayer without expecting a response from the seminarians, which keeps this activity supportive but not intrusive to their study time. Some parishes feature one seminarian’s name and address in the bulletin each week, to keep this activity continuous.
  • Have Middle School Religious Education programs send care packages to seminarians at time of midterms or finals. Invite seminarians to speak at parish programs while home on their breaks from study.
  • Organize a Holy Hour for Vocations.