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Encouraging Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate, and Religious Life

Vocations Committee


We are commited to creating and fostering an environment that inspires parishioners to discern through prayer, reflection and discussion how God is calling each of us to serve our faith community. We recognize that want our parishes to be reinvigorated with healthy leadership centered around open minds and open hearts living out the gospel. In particular, as directed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston, we will focus on engaging with boys and young men to consider following Christ as a diocesan priest.


To increase awareness of opportunities for parishioners to serve the faith community as priests, deacons, and religious sisters and brothers, with particular emphasis on increasing vocations to the diocesan priesthood.

Possible Strategies & Tactics

  • Raise awareness of the concept of Vocations by incorporating information into the Faith Formation curriculum
  • Encouraging the priests of the Collaborative to share their personal experience at at least one homily per year and otherwise as opportunities arise
  • Invite confirmed males to the Archdiocese St. Andrew’s Dinner each year
  • Invite Archdiocese representatives to preach on Vocations each year
  • Consider ways to engage parents on their role in encouraging Vocations for their children
  • Establish a plan to include Vocations on a regular basis within the Collaborative Prayers of the Faithful.
  • Include Vocations at the annual Ministry Fair within the Collaborative
  • Etc...

FAQ on Vocations Committee

What does a Vocations Committee do?

The Vocations Committee is a strategic organization that helps develop ways that the parishes of the Blue Hills Collaborative (including priests and lay people) may consider in order to develop interest in religious vocations in its parishioners. Our goal is to identify, nourish, and encourage young men and women to consider a religious vocation, especially young men to the priesthood.

What about lay vocations such as married life and single life?

While lay vocations are as much a part of God’s plan as religious vocations are, the scope of this committee is limited to promoting and encouraging religious vocations.

What is the time commitment?

We will have 2-3 meetings/year, about 90 minutes each, so maybe ~4 hours/year. The rest of the year, in addition to prayer, we are hoping that all members will keep an eye or ear out for people that should/could/would respond well to the idea of a religious vocation and to connect them to resources that we will accumulate during our meetings. Not a lot of heavy lifting, but critically important. Please encourage people to invite others to be part of the team. By 2019 we hope that there will be more than 20 people on the committee. 

St. Andrew Dinners

The Vocation Office of Boston's Archdiocese invites high-school-age men to join them for an evening of prayer, food, and conversation. Following evening prayer and dinner, men and their parents, youth ministers, priests, and chaperones will be welcomed to a casual discussion with Cardinal Seán about vocations, prayer, and the call to holiness that God places on each of our hearts. Each young man will have the chance to meet Cardinal Seán. Click here for flyer.

The Blue Hills Collaborative is organizing an opportunity to attend the April 10, 2018 dinner at St. John's Seminary, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Transportation will be provided from and to the Blue Hills Collaborative. We leave at 5:15 pm.

Sts. Mary and Martha Dinner

Similar to the format of a St. Andrew Dinner, at the Sts. Martha and Mary Dinner young women and
their priest, youth minister, school chaplain, or parent join Cardinal Seán for dinner and short
presentations by religious women in formation. The event is casual and provides a time for prayer,
food, and conversation. Each student also has the opportunity to meet Cardinal Seán. Click here for flyer.

The 2018 Spring Sts. Mary and Martha Dinner will be held May 7, 2018 (make-up date from March 6) from 6-8 pm at St. Mary Parish, Brookline.

For more information or if you would like to attend either of these events, contact Fr. Coyne.


Have you ever wondered if God is calling you to be a religious sister? If so, Fiat is for you. Fiat is a monthly discernment group for single women considering a vocation to religious life in the Catholic Church.

All meetings from 7 – 9 pm at St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine, 1105 Boylston St., Boston. 

  • January 31, 2018
  • February 28, 2018
  • March 21, 2018
  • April 25, 2018

If you are interested in attending a meeting, please respond to Sister Marian Batho, CSJ, Delegate for Religious, or call 617-746-5637. More information is available on the group's website.

Vocation Discernment Retreats


The purpose of these retreats is to help men who are open to the possibility of the priesthood to consider a call from God. The retreats are:

  • a time and place away from the regular routine
  • the opportunity to pray and reflect
  • designed to teach about how God calls to love and to serve Him
  • an opportunity to meet seminarians, hear their stories, and see the seminary
  • punctuated by conferences and homilies by Cardinal Seán.

The retreats are free of charge and are overnight.

Vocation Discernment Retreat St. John’s Seminary and Betania II Retreat Center
Men ages 18-35
February 23-25, 2018

Vocation Discernment Retreat Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary
Men age 35+
February 23-24, 2018

World Day of Consecrated Life

FEBRUARY 2, 2018: (Celebrated in Parishes February 3-4) In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

For those consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. We pray to the Lord…

For those who have responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be a consecrated person that they may experience the support of the Church as they continue their growth in holiness. We pray to the Lord…

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Friday, February 2, 2018 and in parishes on the weekend of February 3-4, 2018. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations 

APRIL 22, 2018: Observed on "Good Shepherd Sunday," the purpose of this day is to publicly fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes. You can find many resources to promote a culture of vocations on the USCCB Vocations webpage.



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