School Programs

The Catholic high schools of the diocese set up week-long vocation promotion programs. The week includes an opening mass, classroom presentations, after school activities, and a day of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration. Parents, grandparents, and alumni are invited to join us for prayer for vocations in our high schools. Contact the school for exact times and details. The Catholic high schools of the diocese are:

Elementary and Middle Schools

The diocese have shorter programs at different times throughout the year. The classroom visits include age appropriate stories, activities, as well as question and answer sessions. These programs also encourage our children to seek the will of God in their lives. The hope of the schools program is for the conversation about vocations to continue at home. When your child returns from school after a vocations day visit, be sure to ask about the day. Please visit our Prayer Tools page for ideas for nurturing vocations in the home.

Bishop Grimes,
School Associate:
Rev. Nathan Brooks

Notre Dame,
School Associate: 
Rev. Jason Hage

Christian Brother’s Academy, Syracuse
School Associate: 
Rev. Zach Miller

Bishop Ludden, Syracuse
School Associate:
Rev. Matt Rawson

Seton Catholic Central, Binghamton
School Associate: 
Rev. Ken Kirkman

St. Andrew Dinner

The Saint Andrew Dinner is an opportunity for young men to meet and spend an evening with the Bishop and priests of our diocese. The evening is centered around prayer together, followed by dinner and a chance to hear from the Bishop and priests what drew them to the priesthood and why they love this vocation so much. This event is open to young men ages 15-18.

Upcoming dates: Please RSVP to Fr. Ken Kirkman at by Sunday, March 29.

St. Andrew Dinner: Tuesday, March 31st – Divine Mercy, Central Square, NY.


Fisherman’s Club

All are welcome to attend the #FishermansClub, which is an initiative sponsored by the Diocese of Syracuse that reaches out to young adult men who are thinking about the priesthood. The #FishermansClub aims to build fraternity among young adult Catholic men as well as provide these men with the tools for mature discernment of their vocation. The meetings begin with prayer at 7:00pm in Panasci Chapel at LeMoyne College. Prayer will include Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Vespers, a talk on discernment, time for silent reflection and personal prayer as well as Solemn Benediction. After prayer, the group will move to the Drescher Room in Panasci Chapel for a time of fellowship and witness where pizza and soft drinks will be provided. The meetings always conclude by 8:30pm.


Join us on August 3rd!

Bishop’s Vocation Picnic – The Tenth Hour

THIS EVENT WILL BE 100% OUTDOORS! Please join Bishop Lucia for his annual vocation picnic on Wednesday, August 5th from 4pm to 8pm at Christ the King Retreat House in Syracuse. The Tenth Hour is an evening of dinner, conversation, prayer, and discernment with our bishops, priests, seminarians, and religious sisters from the Diocese of Syracuse. Jeremy Bobak will be leading us in Praise & Worship! You must register for this event before Monday, August 3rd. All pastors and their youth and young adult ministers are welcome to attend with their young people. This event is co-ed and is intended for young people between the ages of 14 and 19 years old. You can register by contacting Elizabeth Garn at or by visiting our official Facebook event. Please see the attached promotional flyer for this event, and feel free to distribute to young people.


Bishop's Vocation Picnic

Men in Black Softball Game

Each year, members of the vocation team and priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Syracuse face off against adults and youth representing a parish during the Men in Black softball game. The annual game is both a fun activity and a special way to support and raise awareness of vocations. 


We appreciate your continued prayers.

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