Family Vocation Days/Family Conferences
Family Vocation Ministries reaches its high point when it sponsors and prays for Family Vocation Days. These vocation days constitute the active part of the ministry (coupled with the contemplative prayers of the family) to promote vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life. The Vocation Days are conducted primarily by priests (diocesan and religious) as well as consecrated religious brothers, sisters, and diocesan seminarians in theology.
The objective of the vocation days is two fold: first, to pray, to familiarize, and to catechize the faithful in the topic of religious vocations, i.e. the priesthood and the consecrated life; secondly, to help families answer the universal call to holiness. All people regardless of vocation, age and gender, are invited to come and experience the vocation day.
We cannot but experience a great inner joy when we see so many pastors, religious and lay people, fired with their mission to evangelize, seeking ever more suitable ways of proclaiming the Gospel effectively. We encourage the openness which the Church is showing today in this direction and with this solicitude. It is an openness to meditation first of all, and then to ecclesial ministries capable of renewing and strengthening the evangelizing vigor of the Church.”
-Pope Paul VI, Apostolic Letter, Evangelii Nuntiandi (On Evangelization in the Modern World)