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The number of recent Diocesan vocations is up, but we’re not where we need to be.

Evangelization, Parish & Spiritual Life - Clergy

Amplifying the Call

Where do priests come from? They are called by God, to be sure, but often that call begins as a whisper and may be difficult to hear amid the distractions of the 21st century. The mission of the Vocation Office for Diocesan Priesthood is to amplify that call and give every potential priest a chance to clearly hear God’s call and answer it.

Vocations are vital to the life of the Church. In fact, there is no greater indicator of the future health of an Archdiocese than the number of young men acceding to the call to a priestly vocation. That’s one reason why your generous donation to this year’s Catholic Charities Appeal is so important. A portion of it will go to help support the work of Father Steve DeLacy, Director of the Vocation Office.

The number of recent Diocesan vocations is up, but we’re not where we need to be.

If a charitable gift could ever be considered selfish, a gift to this year’s Catholic Charities Appeal to support vocations is certainly in the self-interest of every member of the faithful in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. A would-be vocation is a delicate thing that needs to be carefully nurtured and reinforced. It requires communications, personal outreach and, dare we say, marketing. This takes money and manpower that Father DeLacy and his Vocation Office simply do not have.

In addition to fostering priestly vocations throughout the Archdiocese, the Vocation Office works closely with the thriving Newmann Centers at Temple and West Chester Universities and one that serves both Penn and Drexel. They are literally working to ensure the future of the Church.

The number of recent Diocesan vocations is up, but we’re not where we need to be. We need about 30 new vocations per year, which would result in about 15 ordinations annually. Achieving that would be, quite literally, a godsend to the Archdiocese. Your donation to this year’s Catholic Charities Appeal is critical.