World Refugee Day

Seminarian Brendan Foley reflects on his trip to Lebanon and Jordan to learn more about the plight of refugees.
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Deacon Ordination of Matthew Rawson

Matthew Rawson is preparing for priesthood and his deacon ordination is a significant step.
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Priesthood Ordination of Matthew Lyons

On the eve of his priesthood ordination, Deacon Matt Lyons offers a brief reflection.
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Come & See the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence

Community Days with the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence
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World Day of Prayer for Vocations

“Led by the Spirit for Mission” On May 7th, the Church celebrates World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
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Young women turn to pastors for advice

30% of newly professed religious turned to their pastors first for advice.
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From Pro Soccer to Priesthood

From Pro Soccer to the Priesthood: The Witness of Fr. Chase Hilgenbrinck
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Daughter of Charity “Come & See”

Daughters of Charity “Come and See” weekend
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The Yoke of Christ

“My yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
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Jesus is Lord!

Jesus is Lord! That simple truth has profound ramifications.
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Online Vocation Lessons

Online Vocation Lessons for Teachers and Catechists from K-12 and Youth Ministry.
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Teacher’s Inspire Vocations

A Guide for all teachers to assist in vocation promotion.
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#Fishermans Club

The #FishermansClub is an initiative intended to help college-age men discover God’s will for their lives.
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Bishop’s Vocation Picnic – August 10th

The Bishop’s annual Vocations Picnic will be held on Wednesday, August 10th, 5pm at St. Joseph Church in Lafayette.
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Men In Black Softball 2016

Men In Black Softball Game  On Sunday, August 7th at 6pm, the Men In Black team of priests and seminarians will play a softball game against the parish of St. James in Syracuse to raise vocation awareness.  T he game will be held across from the parish at Meachem Field. As parishes combine and the number of priests in the diocese decreases, it is important for young people to see that priesthood is a healthy and fun option for their lives. ...
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One Foot in the Liturgy, The Other in the Peripheries

Matt Lyons reflects on his upcoming ordination to the Diaconate on May 28, 2016.
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Present to God and His People

Deacon Peter Tassini reflects on his preparation for Ordination to the Priesthood on June 4, 2016.
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On the Runway

Deacon Ken Kirkman reflects on his preparation for ordination to the Priesthood on June 4, 2016.
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Advocate Newsletter Upcoming Events

Click here for a full list of Upcoming Events from the Summer 2016 Newsletter.
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World Day of Prayer for Vocations

This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations! The purpose of which is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest…
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Knights of Columbus $upport of seminarians

The K of C program has supported 104,000 seminarians and religious with over $63 million dollars in financial support.
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IT BEGINS WITH MERCY

The invitation of Pope Francis to celebrate a Year of Mercy gives us a chance to consider the ways we have encountered mercy. With Jesus, the relationship always begins with an encounter of mercy. It doesn’t end there. Those who truly receive the mercy of the Lord are quick to share it with others. It begins with Mercy and Mercy begins with me.
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GIVEN: the Catholic Young Women’s Leadership Forum

There is an exciting event on the horizon for young Catholic women
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Winter Mission/Discernment Trip

You’re invited to join Brothers for a week of vocational discernment/service at their home mission to the Navajo people.
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Prayer for Priests

Please join in prayer for the priests serving in the Diocese of Syracuse.
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Sister Mary Philomena Coon, OP – “vocation crisis”

A “different kind of vocations crisis” caught the attention of an 18 year old from Endicott, NY. Sister Mary Philomena Coon, OP
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Vocations Picnic

More fun, games, and prayer at the annual Vocations Picnic on August 12th at 5pm.
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Men In Black Softball

The Men In Black will return to Divine Mercy Parish on August 12th at 6pm.
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Come and See Retreat

The Sisters of Charity and Daughters of Charity are offering a “Come, See, Serve” vocation retreat Friday, May 29 – Saturday May, 30 in Morristown, NJ.
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Holy Hours for Consecrated Life

Join Us May 1st at 7 pm at Our Lady of Pompei, Syracuse! The Office of Vocation Promotion will sponsor a Holy Hour that will include Benediction, scripture, silence and witness by religious. See locations…
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Pope Francis Lent 2015

Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2015
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Will You Follow?

Discernment…How will I spend my love…consider this…
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Opening Our Doors

Certain convents, friaries and rectories across the Diocese will host open houses on Sunday, February 8th!
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Come and See!

The Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul are hosting and come and see weekend retreat on February 13-15 in Emmitsburg, MD!
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‘The Sisterhood’: Real discernment or ‘reality TV’?

Popular media never gets religious life right, but after watching the first episode, I have to admit…
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Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Blessed Mother appeared to St. Juan Diego in a way in which he could relate. God needs priests who can relate to the culture today.
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Wake Up the World!

Pope Francis has named this year the “Year for Consecrated Life.” Let’s wake up the world!
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The Presentation of Mary

Mary’s parents’ “yes” to God allowed her to say “yes” to God. A “yes” to God is infectious!
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Worth a Thousand Words

Candid photo by Syracuse Seminarian Jonathan Pirillo captures the happiness of his fellow seminarians.
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Singing God’s Praise Forever

Sister Anita Kurowski professes final vows as a Sister of St. Joseph of Rochester.
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A Journey through Jerusalem

Deacon Zach Miller reflects on his trip to the Holy Land last summer.
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Holy Perseverance

Sister Anne Marie Saphara shares her journey to religious life.
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God Calls Sinners!

Even the greatest of sinners can become the greatest of saints!
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Online Vocations Discernment Retreat

There will be an online Vocation Discernment Retreat September 28 – October 2, 2014!
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Men In Black Softball

Men In Black Softball is Sunday, August 10th at 5pm at Immaculate Conception, Fayetteville. Don’t miss it!
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Transitional Deacon Ordained

Deacon Zach Miller was ordained a deacon on May 24th, 2014.
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Upcoming Ordinations

Please pray for our two young men being ordained in the coming weeks!
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Bulletin Board

Check out these upcoming events in the Diocese and around the country.
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Holy Hour for Vocations

Bishop Cunningham invites us to take the words of Jesus seriously: “ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” What is a Holy Hour?
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The Light of Consecrated Life

Treasure this journey, this inner pilgrimage, and hold close to your heart “the memory of the ‘first love’ with which the Lord warmed your hearts…”
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The Annual March for Life

Hundreds of youth and adults from the Diocese of Syracuse traveled to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life.
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Who Prayed for Paul’s Conversion?

Paul needed mercy before he could lead the Christian community. Maybe there is a young man close to you that needs the same.
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Giving Witness

Like John the Baptist, we are called to give witness to our faith. There are three characteristics that are a must-have!
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Helping Others Encounter the Lord

If you want to be a priest, you are going to have get good at helping others encounter the Lord.
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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

The opening prayer for this morning’s Mass talks about “fruitful virginity.” What’s that all about?
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Sound of Music, Live!

Did you see the Sound of Music Live? One scene sure speaks to the heart of all who are seeking the will of God in their life. Consider how we are all trying to let God shape us.
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The Office of Vocation Promotion is on Twitter!
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New Website Launch!

The Office of Vocation Promotion for the Diocese of Syracuse is proud to launch its new website!
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