Called by Name

 Fill out this form if you have the name of a person on your heart whom you think may make a good priest, deacon, brother or sister.

Qualities Desired in a Candidate for the Priesthood, Diaconate or Religious Life:

  • Is recognized as being approachable.
  • Enjoys life, people, and has a sense of humor.
  • Forms and maintains healthy relationships with men and women.
  • Considers a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as an important part of his life.
  • Has an ability and desire to talk about his faith.
  • Has a desire to serve others and make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Willing to sacrifice personal or material gain for the service of the Gospel and the Church.
  • Has the capacity to lead and work with people of all ages.
  • Feels good about himself, has average to above average intelligence, and has good physical, mental and emotional health.
  • Recognizes the importance of the Church.
  • Has spoken of his desire for or openness to considering the possibility of priesthood.
  • Regularly attends Mass and Confession.
  • Is a grateful person.
  • Has a heart for service: volunteers and shows concern for others.
  • Is healthy and well adjusted for his age.
  • Loves being Catholic.
  • Enjoys learning about the faith.
  • Is prayerful.
  • Attends Diocesan prayer-based events such as Cor ad Cor and Spiritual Motherhood retreat.
  • You would be happy and encouraged if you heard he entered seminary.
What will the Vocations Office do when a name is received?
  • We will reach out to the pastor of the parish and find out more about the person
  • We will strive to connect the person with people in his life who can help him experience more of God’s personal love for him
  •   Encourage him in growing discipleship through:
    • Daily prayer
    • Frequent reception of the sacraments
    • A daily reading of the Word of God
    • Good fellowship 
    • Opportunities for service

    We will offer a personal invitation to the person in age-appropriate diocesan events to deepen faith:

    • Discipleship camps, such as Totus Tuus
    • Retreat experiences, Spiritual Motherhood, Small Discernment Groups
    • Seminary visits, Come and See Weekends to IHM Seminary and St. Paul Seminary
    • Attending ordinations
    • St. Andrew Dinners
    • Information about vocations in the church. 
  • There will be no pressure, just a gentle invitation to hear God’s Call and to listen to how he is speaking to the heart.

Diocese of Rapid City Prayer for Vocations

Heavenly Father, we beg you for an increase in religious vocations and holy marriages in the Diocese of Rapid City.
Look upon us with favor and choose from our homes those who are needed for your work.

Send your Spirit to strengthen us and give us open hearts and minds ready to say “Yes” when you call.

Help our parishes and families encourage vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life.

We commend our prayers to our Patroness, Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.