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Pope Francis meets with members of the International Congress of vocation ministry in Vatican City, Oct. 21, 2016.

Pope Francis: Where are vocations from? An encounter with God

Oct 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

When it comes to promoting vocations in the Church, Pope Francis said it all begins with an encounter with God... Read more

Mark Wahlberg.

Mark Wahlberg made a video about why he loves priests

Oct 5, 2016

In an online video, actor Mark Wahlberg said that he will be praying for vocations to the priesthood, which he... Read more

Fr. Joseph Enkh Baatar celebrates his first Mass, Aug. 28, 2016. Photo courtesy of Mbumba Prosper, CICM.

This is Mongolia's first native priest: Father Joseph Enkh Baatar

Aug 30, 2016

On Sunday Mongolia witnessed the ordination of its first indigenous priest, Fr. Joseph Enkh Baatar, a 29-year-old man who represents... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on April 16, 2014.

Pope: 'I saw much suffering' at Lesbos refugee camp

Apr 17, 2016

Pope Francis on Sunday reflected on the great suffering he had witnessed at the refugee camp in Lesbos. He remembered... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass for clergy and religious in Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Sept. 26, 2015.

Pope Francis to priests, religious: It's your job to inspire vocations

Sep 26, 2015

The Church today is called to foster among young people a sense of responsibility and enthusiasm for the Gospel mission,... Read more

Pilgrims fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Oct. 15, 2014.

Priests needed: As Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

Jun 12, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says... Read more

Franciscan Friars with filter.

'Little' friars credit vocation boom to Pope's name

May 26, 2015

By Elise Harris

Gathered in Rome for their general chapter meeting, members of the Order of Friars Minor – better known as Franciscans... Read more

A religious sister at the Beatification of Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newark, N.J. on Oct. 4, 2014.

Pope Francis: Vocations are about quality, not quantity

Apr 13, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Well-formed vocations are more important than numerous vocations Pope Francis said in address to religious formators on Saturday at the... Read more

Religious sisters take part in a Eucharistic procession to the Basilica of St. Mary Major on June 19, 2014.

The Vatican considers – what does vocational formation look like in the modern age?

Apr 9, 2015

By Elise Harris

Religious formators gathered in Rome for a seminar on fashioning new vocations in contemporary society – a task the Vatican’s... Read more

Who's entering religious life these days?

Jan 28, 2015

U.S. Catholics are being encouraged to get to know local religious communities, as a new study offers insight into the... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, blesses a new building at the North American College in Rome on Jan. 6, 2015.

Cardinal wowed by vocation surge at Rome's American seminary

Jan 6, 2015

By Elise Harris

The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin voiced enthusiasm at seeing the high number of American seminarians studying in... Read more

Pilgrims pray for all cardinals and bishops who died in the last year at the Altar of the Chair in St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 3, 2014.

'Year for Vocations': English diocese stresses universal call to sainthood

Dec 2, 2014

Alongside the Year for Consecrated Life called for by Pope Francis, the Diocese of Shrewsbury, England, is observing 2015 as... Read more

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury preaches at St. Columba's Church on Feb. 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

New English discernment house hopes to help vocations flourish

Apr 16, 2014

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, England, has announced plans for a house of discernment for potential priests, emphasizing the need... Read more

Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo and Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz speak with journalists during a Jan. 31, 2014 press conference

Consecrated life today in a positive position, bishops affirm

Feb 3, 2014

By Elise Harris

During an interview, two Vatican officials expressed the great holiness that exists within religious vocations, as well as their hope... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience October 30, 2013

Pope: Christians have not been chosen for 'small things'

Jan 17, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis urged youth to listen to the call... Read more

Video highlights seminarians, priestly vocations in Los Angeles

Nov 4, 2013

As seminary enrollments continue to rise, the Los Angeles archdiocese has released a vocational video titled “Follow Me: Journeys to... Read more

A pilgrim takes time during World Youth Day to speak with a priest July 26, 2013.

Vocations Fair at WYD seeks to spark reflection

Jul 26, 2013

A major part of World Youth Day, the 2013 Vocations Fair offers young people examples of those who have responded... Read more

Pilgrims from Karissa O'Hearn's World Youth Day group in Germany.

Past World Youth Day attendees recall finding vocations

Jul 21, 2013

By Mary Farrow, Hannah Brockhaus

As huge crowds of youth flock to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day 2013, some participants from past years... Read more


Bishop co-authors booklet on blessing of unborn children

Jun 7, 2013

A new booklet on the vocation of Christian parenthood and its relationship to the parish and broader society is now... Read more

Sister Alice Matilda Nsiah, FST, speaks to CNA after the May 8, 2013 general audience in Vatican City.

Sisters encouraged, grateful Pope met with them

May 9, 2013

Sister Alice Matilda Nsiah says that Pope Francis’ decision to meet with her and other superiors general on Wednesday left... Read more