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
All are welcome to attend the St. Andrew Dinners, which is an initiative sponsored by the Syracuse Office of Vocation Promotion that aims to reach high schoolers who are thinking about the priesthood. The mission of these dinners is to provide a comfortable environment for young men to consider the priesthood as a possible vocation for their lives as well as have the opportunity to meet the bishop in an informal setting. The evenings begin at 5:30pm and will feature prayer, dinner, conversation, vocation stories, and time for Q & A. For more information, please contact Fr. Ken Kirkman, the coordinator of this outreach, at KKirkman@syrdio.org.
FC is an initiative sponsored by the Office of Vocation Promotion that aims to reach college-age and young adult men who are thinking about the priesthood. 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. For more information, please contact Fr. Nathan Brooks, the coordinator of this outreach, at NBrooks@syrdio.org.
Bishop’s Annual Picnic
The Tenth Hour
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.
For all young people open to God’s call in their lives. Especially for young people involved in youth ministry and campus ministry!
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. with this YouTube video: