.- The U.S. bishops are preparing to launch a website to help laity and clergy promote vacations. The site aims to help individuals âhear and respondâ to Godâs call to the priesthood or consecrated life. Scheduled for an April 25 launch, the website www.ForYourVocation.org will host discernment resources for men and women, and aids for promoting a âvocation cultureâ within the home, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said in a press release.
A range of tools for educators, youth leaders and vocation directors include prayers, videos, best practices, lesson plans and vocation awareness programs.
Following the theme for the 2010 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, âWitness Awakens Vocations,â the site also hosts videos of priests and religious men and women giving witness to their call to the priesthood or religious life. Testimonies from family members are also included.
The USCCB says the site exemplifies the Vaticanâs âembraceâ of new communications media. It cites Pope Benedict XVIâs message for the 44th World Day of Communications, in which he challenged clergy to use the âlatest generationâ of resources to put the media âever more effectively at the service of the word.â
The launch of the site will be promoted through social media forums, with Facebook users allowed to become âeVangelizersâ for the site.
The April 25 launch coincides with the World Day of Prayer for Vocations and Good Shepherd Sunday.