American Bishops Launch Vocation Website
On Vocation Sunday, 25th April,the American Bishops launched a new website for Vocations to the priesthood andconsecrated life. The website, www.ForYourVocation.org, is a priority initiative of the USConference of Bishops.
The website as well as being a resource forthose discerning a vocation to priesthood and religious life also hasinformation for vocation directors, educators and youth leaders and aids tohelp develop a culture of vocation in parishes and families,
The site includes video clips of priestsand men and women religious giving testimonies of their vocations.
This year 440 men are being ordained fordioceses in the US. Among them Gregory A. Rapisarda of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, awidower with four children one of whom is a priest. One third of the candidates have a relative who is a priestand a further one third were born outside the USA. These statistics and further information is available from The Class of 2010: Survey ofOrdinands to the Priesthood, an annual national survey of men being ordained priests, conductedby the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), a GeorgetownUniversity-based research center. The entire report can be found at www.usccb.org/vocations/classof2010,as well as on the new www.ForYourVocation.org.
Lastyear in the USA the NRVC, an association of the men and women religiousvocation directors, published a report on the state of religious vocations inthe United States. This majorresearch project was commissioned by the NRVC and conducted by the Center forApplied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at GeorgetownUniversity. Br. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, Director ofNRVC said that "The purpose of this study is to identify and understand whois entering religious life today and the characteristics of the religiousinstitutes that are receiving and retaining new members. No study on religiousvocations on this scale has ever been done before. The goal of thisresearch is to highlight the best practices in vocation promotion and religiousformation." The results of theresearch and analysis can be found at www.nrvc.net.