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:

Vocation Team School Associates have been assigned to every Catholic Jr./Sr. High School as well as to every Catholic Elementary School. Each year, an updated version of the list of contacts for the Vocation School Associates and their assigned schools is published and sent directly to the Catholic school administrators throughout the diocese. The school admins or their campus ministers are then encouraged to reach out directly to the Vocation School Associate and schedule their annual visits. Vocation School Associate assigned to our High Schools are asked by the Bishop to celebrate at least one Mass for Vocations for the entire student body after which the School Associates need to make a week-long visit to all grades in the school. Oftentimes, the School Associates can follow the religion class schedule for the week and effectively reach all grades by teaching during religious class for each grade. Vocation School Associates assigned to Elementary Schools are asked to make at least a day-long visit whereby each grade is visited; 15 minutes for grades k-3 and 30 minutes for grades 4-6. Please reach out to Father Hage at directly with any clarifying questions about how to best incorporate your Vocation School Associate into your curriculum.

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.


Fisherman’s Club

The mission of “FC” is to build fraternity among young adult Catholic men as well as provide these men with tools for mature discernment of their vocation. Meetings begin with prayer at 6:30pm at Christ the King Retreat House in Syracuse, NY. Prayer will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Evening Prayer, time for silent adoration and personal prayer as well as Solemn Benediction. After prayer, the group will move to a time of fellowship and conversation where dinner will be provided. The meetings will always conclude by 8:30pm.


Join us!

Bishop’s Vocation Picnic – The Tenth Hour

Please join Bishop Lucia for his annual vocation picnic! 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!

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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