"Vocations are communicated, discerned, accepted and then lived out within a community. In other words, they are born in a community of faith and find their completion in a community of faith, which is a community of disciples."
-JPII, Redemptoris Hominus, no. 21
One of the goals of the Diocese of Rapid City’s Pastoral Plan is to form vocations committees in each parish or parish grouping to encourage and promote a culture of vocations. The Office of Vocations is here to assist parishes in developing and maintaining a strong culture of vocations. Here are resources we suggest:
In April of 2016 Rhonda Gruenewald, author of Hundredfold, offered two workshops in our Dioceses and outlined a clear and comprehensive plan for developing a vocation ministry in the parish. Her book is available at a discounted price from the Office of Vocations. Rhonda also offers a website: www.vocationministry.com which offers free downloadable resources, ideas, and helpful links. Rhonda was also interviewed on EWTN’s Live with Mitch Pacwa in early April. This interview offers viewers a taste of her enthusiasm and wisdom with regards to parish vocation ministry.
There are a number of website that offer online and print resources for supporting vocations.
Diocesan Office Resources
The Diocesan Office of Vocations has a number of resources that are available:
Cutouts: These 5-foot, portable cut-outs are available to parishes for parish festivals, carnivals, and other vocations awareness events.
Banners: The Vocations Office owns three, portable banners which can also be borrowed by parishes and used for short periods of time.
Print Resources: Other print resources available to parishes at no charge (and distributed to pastors in October and March of each year):
- breviary cards
- seminarian posters
- brochures and registration for visits to the seminary and communities of religious sisters
- brochures and posters with information about our summer youth programs:
- Totus Tuus Vocations camps for boys and girls held each summer
- Duc In Altum Parish catechetical program, offered a parishes throughout the diocese each summer
Other print materials available by request include:
- How to Pray With the Scriptures by Msgr. Richter Bookmark
- Prayer To Know My Vocation cards
- Is God Calling You? Postcard
- Rosary for Vocations available as a MP3 download
- Stations of the Cross for Vocations - Regular PDF -- Large Print PDF
- Advent and Lent Prayer booklets available by download
Upcoming Opportunities to Promote Vocations
Inspiring a Culture of Yes! Events
Please join the Office of Vocations in welcoming Fr. Brett Brannen, acclaimed author and speaker, to our Diocese. Fr. Brannen will present a workshop on Thursday, April 27th @ 5:30 pm at St. John the Evangelist in Ft. Pierre and repeat the same workshop on Friday, April 28th @ 5:30 at Terra Sancta Retreat Center in Rapid City. The evening begins with dinner and includes a presentation by Fr. Brannen and time for prayer.
Links: Learn More & Register
World Day of Prayer for Vocations is May 7, 2017
World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, May 7th, also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday." The purpose of this day is to publically fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.
You can find many resources to promote a culture of vocations on the USCCB Vocations webpage (www.usccb.org/vocations); or at vianneyvocations.com or at vocationministry.com/resources/events
From bulletin announcements to prayer intentions - come back to download new resources to promote vocations in the regular life of your parish.
Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry
The Congregation for Catholic Education published a new document Pastoral Guidelines for Fostering Vocations to Priestly Ministry to address the constant challenge for the Church in fostering vocations to the priesthood. Families, priests, parishes and educators are all challenged by this document to create an environment that reflects God's love for His people that would allow young men to follow a call to the priesthood.