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placeholder January 7, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
Parishes promote vocations with prayer, education

WASHINGTON — The Catholic Church in the United States celebrates National Vocation Awareness Week Jan. 13-19. The annual event earmarks a time for parishes to consider their role in promoting the role of priests, deacons and religious order brothers and sisters to Catholics deciding on their future.

"National Vocation Awareness Week gives dioceses and parishes across the country a chance to promote vocations through prayer and education," said Archbishop Robert Carlson, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

Father Shawn McKnight, executive director of the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, said research shows more youth consider a lifetime of service to the Church than family and friends realize.

"A recent study found significant interest among never-married Catholics ages 14-35 in priesthood and the consecrated life," he said.

The study, "Consideration of Priesthood and Religious Life Among Never-Married U.S. Catholics," was conducted by the Georgetown University-based Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate and is available at www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/survey-of-youth-and-young-adults-on-vocations.cfm.

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