Supporting People Who Answer God's Calling
We are molded into a community of faith by those men who are called to ordained service to the Church. From the youngest among us who are just beginning their journey of faith to our retired clergy who require extended care, we must support and foster every person’s exploration at every age.
Enhancing Support for Those Who Answer God's Calling
"Vocations to priesthood is the number one priority in our Diocese and will be for many years to come."
Bishop David L. Ricken, Parishes: Called to be Holy, Fully Engaged, Fully Alive
Help people who are exploring their faith and vocation to God
Provide our Diocese with greater opportunities to be present in the places where people who are considering a vocation live, study and pray by:
- Enhancing the marketing and outreach efforts of the Office of Vocations
- Ensuring the ongoing financial support of those in priestly formation
- Supporting renovations and improvements at Camp Tekakwitha to better promote spiritual growth of our youth
- Increasing our presence and engagement within regional colleges and universities
Questions about what your seminarians will receive
Funds raised from the Seminarian Collection ensure the ongoing support for seminarians in formation and those considering a vocation to the priesthood. The current funding levels would be insufficient with any increase in men considering the priesthood, any additional length of time added to formation or any decrease in the Seminarian Collection. These funds would provide a stable stream of income to support seminarians for years to come.
In recent years, planning studies have shown that there is a need for younger outreach in vocation awareness and as a faith community we need to be present in the lives of our youth and young adults when they are making life-defining decisions. It is through this presence the seeds of a vocation are planted. These are some of the places our future priests discover their vocation and enhancing the reach of Campus Ministries and Camp Tekakwitha will allow for many more to consider a religious vocation.
Our priests have devoted their lives to bringing the love and healing of Jesus to all of us. When these men retire they are often living on a modest pension and the Retirement Collection aims to maintain the pension fund so our priests can keep receiving those funds as the number of retired priests rises each year. The funds from the one by One campaign will provide retired clergy with support with serious medical issues as medical costs are increasing.