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.
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.
The Tenth Hour: Discerning with the Bishop. This annual summer event with Bishop Cunningham includes prayer and worship, music, short workshops, and a picnic dinner.
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.
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.