VOCATIONS WERE IN THE NEWS THIS WEEK:
FIRST, a story put out by Catholic News Service on how religious communities are using social networking in their vocation promotion.
Highlights from the article include this VISION mention:
Trinitarian Brother Josh Warshak of Baltimore credited Vision with giving him the information he needed in deciding what type of religious life was for him, and he would recommend it to any "discerner."
"I tell people Vision is kind of like eHarmony for those who have a religious vocation, it matches up your personality with the order that fits you best," he said.
Before finding Vision, Brother Josh was focused on becoming a priest but didn't have access to much advice about the topic. "Vision showed me that there are so many other things," he said, which led him to his community, the Order of the Most Holy Trinity.
Thanks, Br. Josh, for that great endorsement!
SECOND, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) recently published Consideration of Priesthood and Religious Life Among Never-Married U.S. Catholics, a study on potential candidates to religious life, which extrapolates from the study findings that roughly 350,000 never-married men and 250,000 never married women have seriously considered religious life.That's good news!
Here, according to the CARA study--and regular VISION trend surveys--are some areas that are fertile grounds for religous vocations:
- Catholic schools--primary schools for women; secondary schools for men
- Participation in parish youth groups
- Encouragement from others
THIRD, in a follow up to the CARA study, VISION and the NRVC got a nice mention in the National Catholic Register.