The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse will once again observe National Vocation Awareness Week November 4-10, 2018. The annual observance is an opportunity for parishes to foster a culture of vocations for the priesthood, diaconate, and religious life. This year’s theme is “Inform. Inspire. Invite.”

The vocation promotion team will be issuing a daily vocations challenge throughout the week:

• Sunday, Nov. 4: Inspire: Visit the newly redesigned vocation promotion website at and watch a #MyVocationStory testimonial featuring each member of the vocation promotion team. (Consider sharing the testimonial that spoke to you on social media using the hashtag #MyVocationStory!)

• Monday, Nov. 5: Invite: Pray the rosary for a young person in the Diocese of Syracuse discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. Please also pray for the young men in attendance at that evening’s Saint Andrew Dinner at St. James, Johnson City.

• Tuesday, Nov. 6: Inspire: Visit the Blessed Sacrament.

• Wednesday, Nov. 7: Inform: Pray for the 12 diocesan seminarians by name.

• Thursday, Nov. 8: Inform: Learn more about identifying a possible candidate for the priesthood by watching a video featuring Father John Manno, Director of Seminarian Formation, at  

• Friday Nov. 9: Invite: Do you know a young person who is a great leader and “servant to all?” Ask them to consider a vocation to the priesthood or religious life!

• Saturday, Nov. 10: Inspire: Explore resources available to young women discerning religious life by visiting

To participate, visit or During this special Year of the Family, faithful are also encouraged to read “Top Ten Things to Do to Promote Vocations” for suggestions for fostering a culture of vocations in your parish and within your domestic church.

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